Head Graphite Edge TXE

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  1. klementine

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    So I'm having dinner with my wife and my parents and we start talking about tennis. My step-dad says to go through his old frames and if we see anything we like, to take it. So I did.
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    I'm gonna do some research on it, have heard of them but know nothing, other than that they were made in the US, it's 340gr strung and has a 16x18 pattern.

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  2. klementine

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    The grommets are in decent shape. The leather seems playable. No cracks. Seems like a solid frame. I don't know how many sq.in the face is but the bag and racquet seem to be of very high quality materials.

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    I want to re-string, re-grip and if I can somehow replace some grommets or the entire bumper (don't know how hard that would be to obtain) and take it out for a spin. But then I thought, maybe this puppy is worth something? Is it?

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    At any rate, it might be about time to start collecting some of these classic frames, in particular Head frames, I've long enjoyed variations of the PrestigeMid. I'm 33 y.o., so the majority are before my time (many before I was born).

    If anybody has any facts/impressions about this frame, they would be appreciated. I'll keep on researching.
     
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  3. Steve Huff

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    Nice of him to give it to you. Now the big question--what else did he have?
     
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  4. klementine

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    A lot of aluminum frames (Donnays, ProKennex and wilson's) that I can't remember the names of, some woodies in very bad condition and a few more graphite sticks. ProKennex Boron (something like that) a wilson sting and another head frame, a grey one, similar to the TXE but all the markings were rubbed off.

    He's given me some frames over the past years (especially when I was younger), the only one I have left is an adidas GTX pro (the red one) and an old Rawlings (1962) woodie my mother gave to me.
     
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  5. klementine

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    I laid it on top of an MgPresMid and it's significantly smaller (the TXE edge), my guess is around 80sq.in.

    The leather grip has Babolat finishing tape on it. Maybe he switched the grip out? Doesn't seem like that kind of guy. Did Babolat provide the leather grips for Head racquets once upon a time?

    Still don't know what it's made out of. It doesn't say 'Twaron' or fiberglass, just graphite. Checked out some auctions and the prices vary, based on condition.

    I'd like to keep it. Do a loose grommet fix on the 2 or 3 grommets that are cracked and swap the leather out.
     
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  6. vsbabolat

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    That's not Babolat finishing tape on the racquet. That's Babolat head protection tape that was put on to replace the finishing tape. A common practice back in the day when you did not have any finishing tape. That looks like the original grip that came with the racquet.

    There is no Twaron in the TXE. Its graphite and fiberglass.

    Head size is 81 sq.in.
     
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  7. klementine

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    Thanks for that VS, was hoping you'd chime-in.

    I'm guessing this series came out after the Graphite Edge 2 and was right before the Comp Master/Graphite Master? So what, circa 1985?

    I'm wondering if it's worth fixing up. It looks to be in very good shape. The strings haven't eaten through the bridge yet (as this is quite common from what I've read) and the grip, although pushed back in two spots, is still playable. Replace a grommet or two and it's good to go.

    Should I play with it? I mean, is this thing worth anything?

    For a 30 year old racquet, it's holding up nice. Don't understand why some people don't cut the strings out of some of these classic frames when stored?
     
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  8. vsbabolat

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    The Graphite Edge TXE came out after the Graphite Edge.
    The Graphite Edge TXE came out in 1984. Yours with the USA Flag on it is a is a later production from 1985. It was before the Graphite Pro/Comp Pro line.
    The Graphite Edge 2 came out 1988.
     
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    I remember seeing that frame. It's nice. I used to use a graphite Edge back then, an excellent and responsive frame. You should play with this.
     
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    very hard. i don't know anywhere that still has grommet strips for the TXE. you might need to cut up a head grommet set and piece it together. will be a challenge for sure. best to grind out the 2 or 3 grommets that are split or cracked with a grommet grinder and then drop in a Fittex individual grommet.
     
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    i believe the TXE and TXD came w/ Fairway leather grips so you should be able to clean it up and restore it w/ some castor oil.
     
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  12. klementine

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    Thanks for the tips MadDog. Castor oil? Huh... got a bottle lying around somewhere. Would olive oil work as well?


    That's the plan. Re-store it (the little work it needs) and enjoy it.

    Don't see much of a resale market for them anyway, so might as well have some fun with it.
     
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    Fairway leather grips? Nice.
     
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  14. vsbabolat

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    You will have a blast hitting with it. Nothing like the feel of those older racquets.
     
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    here are the care instructions from Fairway...i wouldn't recommend using olive oil.

    The Fairway grip is the best in the world.

    It is produced from the finest calf skin obtainable and will retain its tackiness indefinitely, provided you look after it.

    You will find after considerable use your grip appears to be losing its “tack.” This is only because it needs cleaning and the best way of doing this is to saturate a cloth in methylated spirits (denatured wood alcohol) and rub it over the grip (this will remove all the dirt which has collected on the surface).

    Allow about half an hour for the spirit to evaporate from the leather, then apply a small quantity of castor oil.

    Allow eight hours for the oil to penetrate into the leather and your grip will be ready for use and will again feel as good as new.

    Do not apply too much castor oil as this will result in making the grip greasy.

    We strongly advise you to ask your Professional to carry out the treatment recommended by us in this folder.

    E. B. BALMFORTH LTD
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  16. klementine

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    ^Thanks.

    Amazing how much quality and craftsmanship was put into these 'classic' frames, not to mention better materials.

    A shame I missed this era of racquets. Everything nowadays seems cheap, rushed and over-marketed.
     
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    I had a "TXP". What is the difference between a "TXE" and a "TXP"???
     
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  18. vsbabolat

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    There are a lot of differences between the two. Head size, string pattern, composition, feel, flex. To make it really simple The TXP=Prestige Pro.:)
     
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    About $100 on the used market.
     
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    The TXP has full caps, 18x20 pattern and is 89.5sq.in.?!.... so this is the first or pre-cursor to the PrestigeMid?

    Seems like it was produced much later than the graphite edge TXE and has twaron.

    Very nice racquet. Too bad I can't find a used one under $150.
     
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  21. vsbabolat

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    The TXP is the same exact racquet as the Prestige Pro. The only difference is the paint and marketing. When the Prestige Pro first came out in late summer of 1986 HEAD decided to market the frame as the TXP in the USA. So the USA got the Prestige Pro painted white with TXP written on it.
     
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    I never question your knowledge or where it comes from but I'm glad you're a poster on TT.

    Thank you once again VS.
     
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  23. vsbabolat

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    You're welcome. HEAD did not start selling the Prestige Pro as the Prestige Pro in USA until 1988, if you know what I mean.

    Let us all know how you like the TXE.
     
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    Gotchya.

    Will do, haven't had a chance to hit with it, yet. Looking at new fairway grips. Must say, there is quite a price discrepancy between them and the others.
     
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  25. yonexRx32

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    Why Fairway, if I may ask? They are expensive because they are chemically treated not to slip. However, this is relevant only if you do not use overgrips. Balmforth makes some untreated grips that are just as nice and quite less expensive. If you use an overgrip, I would go with those.
     
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    ^I'm learning something every post in this thread. Good Lookin'.

    I wanted to stay true to the stock grip on the TXE, it seems nice and soft, unlike most leather grips. Did not realize there were more than one type of Balmforth grips (fairway).

    Being as I do play with an over-grip, it's not necessary to go over-board, price-wise.

    Thanks.
     
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    Went out for a hit last night and brought the TXE with me.

    Fantastic feeling frame, felt like a graphite woodie (minus the flex), as in the weight is nicely centered (yoke area) and well balanced. Comes around beautifully on 1hdr's, slice and serve.

    The graphite/fiberglass composition is reminiscent of some Volkl frames I've tried but the TXE felt noticeably more firm.

    Really a great hit. Makes me want to hunt down a TXP, as it's closer spec-wise to the PresMids I've enjoyed for so long.
     
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    I HAD this frame, and it was not good! I had a donnay plus 35, which i realize now is probably a 93 to 95 square inch frame, and it is miles better than this frame. With what i know about customization with lead now, I probably could make it a good frame. But, it was a very small head size and not very stable. I think the only thing i could do decent with it was serve. I realize i have been using some form of the red head prestige since then and currently use the head microgel 98(which is actually more of 95 sq. inches). Also, the small pattern was not good for spin production either(again, better strings of today could also correct a lot of this. I ended up selling it to my buddy but then thought i regretted it, got another one used, and then realized all the reasons i didn't like it! haha But, good luck with it, again, maybe with some lead on 9 and 3, or all around the sides of the head(like I do on my microgel, and the stability issues might correct themselves!
     
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  29. retrowagen

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    Well, the TXP is a Prestige Mid... the first version, actually.

    I playtested the TXP extensively when it was introduced in the US in 1986. By comparison with the TXE, it felt harsh and "tinny," and had an annoying "tweet" with each swing (from air whistling through the CAP bumper's slot). I could hit a harder and heavier ball with the TXE - its string pattern was a bit more open.

    I've hit with about everything Head has produced from 1983 to today, and the TXE remains my second favorite Head frame, behind the 1988 Elite Pro.

    FYI: while TXE grommets and bumpers have been NLA for quite a while, the bumper and grommet from a Graphite Edge 2 or Special Edition Edge are the same exact article, and can be carefully "harvested" from a donor frame to keep a TXE alive.
     
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    I didn't realize Fairway was back alive in the grip business; I should look this up! Good news if they are.

    Fiberglass is a wonderful ingredient to add to a graphite racquet; really is good stuff.
     
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  31. vsbabolat

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    I remember how popular the Graphite Edge and TXE was at my club at the time. The three most popular midsize racquets at my club in '84 was the Wilson Pro Staff, HEAD Graphite Edge, and TXE
     
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    Yep!!!!! And for some odd reason a good number of juniors loved the Sting!!! Dunno why......hated that stick but it was like every 3rd kid in Texas had them in their bag.

    Pro Staff and Edge were huge - on my college team it was staffs, Edges, POG OS and me the oddball with the Le Coq TCO!!!
     
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    those Head racquets are in my opinion the finest hitting racquets ever made.
     
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    The Sting was made to be more "affordable", thus the prominence.
    It was the "poor man's" POG.

    all of those rackets were popular at the time, as well as PK and Wimbledon.
     
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  35. vsbabolat

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    Don't forget the oddball Kneissl frame.:) What a game changer as it were that winter when Prince came out with their Midsize frames with the 90 Series. There was a lot of Graphite 90's after that.
     
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    I was the odd man out with the Kneissl frames for a long time! :) Oddly, there were a few guys with F200's in my club. And quite a few Prince Pros, and Graphite Edges, the odd TXE and TXD, lots of Prince Graphite 110's and Max 200g's. And original Pro Staff 85's, of course, thought there were a few Javelins around before the PS85.
     
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  37. vsbabolat

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    Nobody used the Javelins at my Club back then. It was the Ultra, Ultra 2, and some Stings before the Pro Staff. I think it also helped that just about every coach at my Club used the Graphite Edge.
     
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    Didn't Edberg use the Javelin as a junior?
     
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