Head Composite Master... ressurection!

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  1. Tamiya

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    k34's green Head thread http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=479034
    inspired me to stripdown a white Composite Master whose grommets
    had gone all hard & brittle to the point they just shattered to tiny pieces

    should've checked with all ye Head experts here BEFORE doing anything
    but then discovered the 'Master' is an odd 18x19 pattern in a midplus size
    so no Prestige Mid Cap grommets would fit.

    Nor would Prestige Mid Plus (18x20) nor Prestige Pro (16x19).

    As last resort, dug up the racquet boneyard and pulled out some plastics:-

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    to keep it in the family... that's off a Head LM Rad :)

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    with a bit of snipping, it fitted!
     
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  2. Tamiya

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    throatpiece got borrowed off old Wilson,
    fitted better than any Head item i had

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    sides had to go individual to sit them flat... ran vinyl tape over their tops

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    all good to go!
     
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  3. Frankc

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    great effort for a good cause

    Spent much time myself trying to fashion grommets for a few graphite masters - the teal beauties.
    With some reissued (I know, let me dream) grommets for the Head Master series, we'd have a fine midplus frame for modern play...
    Looks great - let us know when you play test...
     
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  4. MAXXply

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    Behold, the HEAD Stormtrooper Ltd Edition MP:

    "HEAD NV, makers of ski and tennis equipment, in collaboration with Lucasfilm LLC, subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co., today announce the release of the HEAD Stormtooper Ltd Edition MP tennis racket..."
     
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  6. Tamiya

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    nah, Wilson already beat ya to it...

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    W's K Three, modern successor to the 1990 Profile Hammer only lighter & stiffer :D
     
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  7. Tamiya

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    Patient survived the night so stringjob is now safe to play.

    Raining & hailing on a spring Monday :(

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    102.5 sq in doesn't sound like a lot but is still sizeable.

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    even against K Three's (supposedly) 115 and a horseface Graphite Dominator
     
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  8. Fearsome Forehand

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    I took on a similar project. It was a Head Master Tour of the same era. Late 1980's? 102/Midplus/18Mx19X. Same crappy white grommets that go brittle and crack even if unused.

    The rackets have the same head size as the red Prestige Midplus, same pattern. Was able to find existing CAP grommets for it from another racket (Flexpoint series). Saved me from having to cobble together grommets.
     
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  9. Tamiya

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    Prestige FXP seems to be all 18x20 in mid, mid plus & XL?
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/reviews/fxpp/fxppreview.html

    It'll have same hole layout as the MP Radical set I had.

    Was there an odd FXP in 18x19, thought the MG Prestige Pro (16x19)
    only came later. (I had a set to try; too hard cutting thru cap)
     
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    Think it was the FXP Team.
     
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  12. retrowagen

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    Nice work! You took a Head Decomp Master and turned it back into a Comp Master. :cool:
     
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  13. Don't Let It Bounce

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    There was a FXP Prestige Team that was 102 sq " and 18x19. I used its CAP grommets for a couple of Satellite Tours.

    But I have a vague memory, which at the moment I can't confirm, that the earlier Head 660s (I'm thinking specifically of the TXM, which I think was released after Comp Master) had a slightly thinner beam than the later ones (Prestige Tour/Classic MP, Satellite Tour, FXP Prestige Team), so the FXP CAP grommets may not help the OP. Posters better versed in Head lore may need to straighten out that memory, though.
     
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  14. vsbabolat

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    Yep, Comp Master, Graphite Master, and TXM/Prestige Master are all 19mm. The later ones from the Prestige Tour/Classic MP, Satellite Tour, FXP Prestige Team 660 are a wider beam.
     
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    Trisys 270 too.
     
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  16. Tamiya

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    meh, Liquidmetal Rad is a widebody compared to those - doesn't clamp down.
    Will keep peepers open at LPS see if they have any FXP Prestige Team parts
    that I can snag, should another oldie come my way.

    thank ye all gentlemen
     
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  17. Tamiya

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    btw just confirmed...

    FXP Instinct is 18x19 & 100 (645)

    FXP Radical OS is 18x19 but 107 (690)
     
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  18. Thepowerofchoice

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    I tried FXP Prestige Team full cap grommets on Head Comp Master a while back and it didn't fit.
     
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  19. Frankc

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    Yes, I tried also - no go...
     
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