Head Guillermo Vilas

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  1. Chezbeeno

    Chezbeeno Semi-Pro

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    Just out of curiosity, does anybody know if the Head Guillermo Vilas open-throat woody is worth anything? does anybody on here have one and if so do you have pics?
     
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  2. Rabbit

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    Yes, I have 5 of them all strung at 58 with natural gut. It is one of the best wood/graphite composite racquets ever made. I paid about $50 each for mine. I played an entire year of NTRP league tennis at 4.5 with them several years ago. IMO, one of the best looking racquets ever made.
     
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  3. Colpo

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    For second-hand, maybe $25-$50/each depending on condition and market. Beautiful, clean cosmetic. Helvetica typeface marks it as of its period, the late 70s. Oh yes, plays really well too -- impressive power and great feel.
     
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  4. mrw

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    I have one in perfect condition 5/8 grip. Thinking of selling. click my user name to email me
     
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  5. ipitythefool

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    How about Head Vilas Pro (or Slaz Vilas Pro, dont remember) and Slazenger V-24? How much are these worth in mint cond?
     
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  6. Colpo

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    There were two standard size Slaz Vilases and later the V-24. Vilas played with only 1 of the 2 standards, the "Tour", while the "International" was the more "accessible" model. The V-24 will net a very strong return. It's rare, it's pretty, and has a rare double-pro pedigree in that both Vilas and Pat Cash had great years (82 and 84 respectively) playing with it. The V-24 is probably the most collectible wood/graphite racquet of all time.
     
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  7. ipitythefool

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    Thanks for the infon on V-24.
    How about Slaz Vilas Pro? Any idea on that one?
    It is the racquet at the very top in the below link
    http://lh6.ggpht.com/_R75QH658YRs/SjgP1EutASI/AAAAAAAAafc/jG0kZebpSl0/s800/P1020812.JPG
     
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  8. Chezbeeno

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    in that photo I have the one second to last on the left, I actually had to play a match with it once when I broke the strings on both my playing racquets, I ended up winning, "winning ugly" as Brad Gilbert would call it
     
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  9. ipitythefool

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    That Head Vilas you mentioned, I come across often on the bay. But I have not seen any V-24 nor even rarer Slaz Vilas Pro on e-bay (racquet on top in photo)
     
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  10. Colpo

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    I cannot say. Based on the cosmetic and shape alone, it's almost certainly a sub-release of the V-24, and there's the rub. Vilas and Cash played with the 24, not the Pro, which can mean a world of difference re: frame desireability. My guess is that the 24 had a slightly higher graphite content, making it both stiffer and more powerful, and hence positioning the 24 higher in the line. Back then, racquet lines were largely differentiated internally by graphite content as both a price and performance barometer -- look at Prince's line that was long flagshipped by the Graphite, seconded by the Comp, and so on.
     
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  11. vwfye

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    I can say, the Head Vilas is the only Head racket I've ever liked. And boy, do I like it! I love playing mine against my students.
     
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  12. purple-n-gold

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    I have a mint one as well, weighs 388grams strung with a tournagrip, I think I will be holding on to mine.
     
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  13. gpt

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    IMO the Head Vilas is one of the best looking racquets and felt great to play with.
     
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