Head Graphite Edge question

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  1. Caloi

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    From what I've read and seen it's amazing to see grommets in perfect condition on these frames. I'm still playing the racquet but with the strings that came with it. I'm sure they're quite dead.
    I'll have to look at the package I used. The lady in the tennis shop was quite helpful in finding me one. I was able to use three at a time (uncut) in many places. There are certainly many individual pieces too. :evil: It was a PITA to string like that.
     
  2. MichaelChang

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    I like the paint job of the glossy one too, it has the American flag on the side, and looks shiny. :) And it prints some small descriptions and head size etc just like the later HEAD rackets.

    If you really liked the GE, then you probably will like the TXE even better.
     
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  3. Fed Kennedy

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    Word michael chang? Why do you say the txe is better?
     
  4. MichaelChang

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    Just my personal preference. I found my txe to be more solid. I am not sure but these rackets may come in difference weights ("L", "M" etc) so it also depends on which version you get.
     
  5. Roadway

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    My glossy Grahpite Edge has much more static weight and swing weight than my Graphite Edge TXE.
     
  6. vsbabolat

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    They did indeed come in different weights.
     
  7. 123ten

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    Head Graphite Edge is a true classic. Because the head size is around 81", I can strung it at a low tension (~50 lbs or less) for a bigger sweetspot and still whack the ball and have it land inside the baseline. Amazingly the serves are also unaffected by the smaller head size. I installed new grommets in one of my HGEs (Matte version) based on the suggestion I found on this forum and it worked, even though it is time consuming.

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    I have listed it here -
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=5234919
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  8. retrowagen

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    Clever use of electrician's tape, to make the Frankengrommet more attractive!

    I recently picked up one early and one later version of the GE (not the GE2, though). When time permits, I'll photodocument and identify the differences here. Stay tuned.
     
  9. retrowagen

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    The TXE only came in L weights, as I recall; the Graphite Edge (or, at least, its earlier versions) were available in L and M weights. The TXE was available only in 1984 and 1985; the Graphite Edge was phased out at the end of 1986 (IIRC), but brought back for 1988 as the Graphite Edge 2 with a different (more open) drill pattern, for just that one year.
     
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    Here is a quick tour of the differences between the two generations of Head Graphite Edge. In each photo, the racquet on the bottom is the earlier version (c. 1981-1982ish); the on on top is the later (c. 1983ish-1986) version.

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    • Change in logo from "Head" to "HEAD"
    • Finish changed from grainy to smooth
    • Throat grommets changed from individual (Fittex-style) to molded pairs
    • Grommet groove much longer on older version (newer version ends even with final "E" in "EDGE")


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    • Throat collar changed from larger style with engraved Head "ski tip" logo to plainer, smaller one shared with concurrent Graphite Vector, Graphite Director, Composite Edge, Composite Director, TXE, and TXD.
    • Both of these specimens have replacement grips on them: the older one is sporting a Fairway; the newer one has a modern Head synthetic replacement. Originals had a brown calfskin grip.


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    • Individual grommets gave way to a molded plastic grommet strip.
    • Neither racquet had a bumper guard per se, but the later version had a subtle strip of hard plastic molded in just beneath the paint, to sacrifice to wear and tear, before the "meat" of the graphite/fiberglass layup was reached. Replacable bumper guards were pioneeded by Head on the 1984-1985 TXE and TXD, and by 1988, virtually every Head frame had a replacable bumper guard of some sort.


    After 1986, the Graphite Edge was discontinued. However, it reappeared in 1988 for a one year only swan song as the Graphite Edge 2, with a more open string pattern and revised graphics. However, Head wasn't committed to the model; Head was marketing and favoring the new (then termed) "mid-plus" 89.5 sq-in Pro-series models.
     
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  12. vsbabolat

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    Hey Retro! I have a 1986 Graphite Edge with the American Flag on the side, Molded-in Bumper guard, and the plastic collar at the top of the grip with the engraved ski tip like on the Graphite Pro.
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  13. retrowagen

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    Very nice! That must be one of the very last. Somewhere around here, I have an 1986 Head US market catalogue. I'll see if the GE pictured there has the Pro-style collar... curious!
    Also there seems to be a bit of metallic dust in the paint. Unique for '86, if I am not mistaken.

    These '86 GE's are quite rare.
     
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    Yes, there is metallic dust in the paint. It is so solid. It is amazing the power you get out of it for having such a small head. I would not be surprised if there is a pallet system under the grip. I have never looked.
     
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    I love how these play. With the smaller head and tight pattern, the ball control is amazing, and the smaller head also places the sweet spot a bit further away from the hand, giving a little more "leverage" and thus more power. By comparison, hitting with an oversize, with its sweetspot so much closer to the hand, feels almost like hitting with a racquetball racquet in this regard!

    I looked in my 1986 US market Head catalogue; the Graphite Edge pictured in it had what appeared to be metallic paint, but the grip collar was the plain one without any logo. Looked like the (box-beamed) Pro and Masters series frames had the one on your '86 GE; the (graphite-composite) Directors and Edges pictured in the catalogue had the more basic type.

    However, I vaguely remember that some of the Austrian-made composite racquets out of the Edge mould had this newer style collar, and the vibration-control-system pallets probably lurking beneath...
     
  16. vsbabolat

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    Also there is no AMF branding anywhere on the frame. So I really think my frame came at the very end of Graphite Edge production.
     
  17. struggle

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    i never personally used the GE, but a few of my friends and teammates in HS did and i hit with them several times BITD.

    sweet stick, for sure. solid, was a nice transition from wood to graphite.
     
  18. retrowagen

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    That's what I would conclude, too. I'm curious, though: what sticker or emblem is on its butt cap?

    Very rare bird, that. :cool:
     
  19. Tmano

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    Hi, I have one of this too....but maine says AMG Edge Graphite and the head size is 81".....bought for $7 at a thrift store last summer...I was going to sell it butnow i changed my mind.
     
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  21. vsbabolat

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    I don't know why I could not remember that there is a AMF HEAD sticker on the butt-cap.:-? I still think it was from the end of Graphite Edge production in 1986.
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    I guess it is one of those days...........
     
  22. vsbabolat

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    Hi tandayu!

    Looking foward to seeing your pictures.
     
  23. tandayu

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    Matte, newer collar pallet

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    Matte, newer collar pallet, but lettering is "HEAD" not "head":

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  26. vsbabolat

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    That hang tag is awesome!!! Thanks For Sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    How about those funky 'double grips' on the Comp Edge. Wonder who sold them on that idea? Davis did it earlier('60s-'70s) on the Hi Point, presumably to keep costs down. Bancroft had it on the Aussie, I believe. I don't remember any others from the '80s who used the extra-wide slab o' leather :) .
     
  29. 10sNut

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    Just found a few of these...

    and love them!

    Has anyone found a modern frame that comes close??? The feel is amazing!

    I could use a tad more square inches these days, but not much more.

    -Aaron
     
  30. struggle

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    i wouldn't mind getting hands on a couple graphite edge(s).

    wink wink.
     
  31. ahuimanu

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    Head Edge...Yeah!

    Just stumbled on this thread...thanks for sharing these photos!

    Brings back so many great memories :)

    Great serving stick...somewhat soft with a nice pop...had some of my best wins with this frame!



     
  32. djinni999

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    Got a Head Edge today. $7 of fleabay
    It's the matte version with lowercase lettering, long collar.
    it's 4 3/8; original leather grip.
    weighs 364.5 grams/12.96 oz. strung.
    strangely, balance felt a bit head heavy in my hand; i measured it and it came out 0.80 pts. headlight; basically even balance. i don't think this is normal; anyone have any ideas? i didn't look under each grommet piece to check for lead tape, LOL.
     
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    Sorry if this has been answered before, but if any of you guys have restrung your Head Graphite Edge and needed to replace the grommet strip, what strip did you use?
    My GE I picked up today desperately needs a new grommet strip (the strings broke through the top grommets and are seated on the frame and the majority of the grommets are cracked/broken). I'll probably end up stringing practically the whole frame with teflon tubing seeming how the frame was only $10, but for future reference when I order grommet sets, I'd like to pick one up for this frame too.
    Thanks.
     
  34. max

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    Yeah, where do you get the individual grommets?
     
  35. leroy_sunset

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    I'll try to revive this thread. Which grommets did you guys use? I bought the only strip set my local shop had in stock, for a newer Head stick. I cut them up, but it didn't work. I broke a main (and a pathfinder tool) trying to get the last cross through a shared grommet. Granted, my technique might have been poor (no scrap string to make room, but I've never had to do that before). Just wanting some guidance.
     
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    graphite edge, pallets or not?

    Does graphite edge have pallets or molded handle? If molded is it the same shape or less/more rectangular than current had racquets?

    thanks
     
  37. Roadway

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    It is molded, covered by Polyurethane. More rectangular than current.
     
  38. coachrick

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    Agreed, pretty typical Head handle for the period. Gets a bit more square in the larger sizes.
     
  39. BruceD

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    Only better price would be the FREE HEAD (AMF) Graphite Edge that I got!

    Yes, a very generous Eb ay seller, who gave me more racquets along with the one i bought for a 8 yr old prodigy i am teaching the game to, included one with popped strings, but in VERY nice condition!
    Yes, GOOD PEOPLE DO still exist!
    I gave it to my stringer freind, Micheal in exchange for a super deal on a restring of a prince O3 speedport Black, that I will hit with for a while, before passing it on to a hard hitting kid that I hope will deserve it in a year or so!
    I tied off the strings, which look to be old natural gut, by the way, and it was still a solid hitting stick that provided a nice hit, when you found it's .50 piece of-a-sweet-spot that it has!
    Smooth long strokes and solid volleys are still there!
    string it up with the good stuff, good 'ol gut and have fun!
    Michael MAY want to part with the"Head, by AMF" sticker.."made in the USA", on the bottom, for a collectors price, I bet!
    Maybe even the racquet, too!
     
  40. fortun8son

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    I got BruceD's Graphite Edge and I restrung it with a 'Frankenstein' hybrid of RIP Power(Intellistring) mains and Hollow Core Pro crosses@60 lbs.
    No, I am not going to part with the racquet OR the AMF sticker! :)
     

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