Head Liquidmetal Paintjobs. Both P10 and PT57A, pics and questions

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  1. Bri-guy

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    I just recently acquired a few of the frames mentioned in the title. I have not had the chance to hit with either yet, but I just had a few questions, as these are my first Head pro frames.

    First the pics:
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    Now a few questions. Any responses are appreciated.

    #1: Do I have to remove the leather grips to see if there is any silicone in the handle? I do not see a trap door on these BCs.

    #2: With the stringing dates and tensions listed, is there anyone with knowledge of any professionals who would have used these frames? I know the liquidmetal PJ is old, but isn't that type of labeling (white strip) common on the pro tour? I am just curious. They are strung with VS Thermo and Alu Power, I think...... =)

    #3: From someone who has done it, what is the total cost for someone to remove the pallets (4 5/8 is too big for me) and switch things up? I'm sure people have multiple experiences.

    There seems to be quite a bit of lead on these things. I should have time tomorrow to give them a hit, even with the grip too big for me! =) The unstrung frame, besides being customized with lead, is brand new (besides a slightly discolored leather grip). Who knows, if they aren't for me, they might end up in the for sale section. My first pro stock sticks. I don't expect a miracle, but they should be fun to hit with, I hope! =)

    Cheers!
     
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  2. Bri-guy

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    BTW, I think they may be matched pairs. I am going to take them to my pro shop tomorrow to get weighted and such. I do not have the items necessary for that at home.

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  3. Steve Huff

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    I was looking for Head pallettes too. Besides used, the only place I came across them was TW Europe. They were $25 each + shipping. Don't know why TW USA can't get them.
     
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  4. Bri-guy

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    Yeah, I guess us Americans don't care about our racquets. :-|
    We should just all use Head Crossbows..... :)
     
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    Update

    I had a chance to hit with each for a bit. The pt57a was crazy powerful. My shots had more depth and more pace. I really haven't felt something that hit with that much oomph. It was much more flexible than the PT10.

    I found out that these belonged to someone on the pro tour. Is there any way to find out who? Anyone have any good guesses? I suppose they were used a few years ago though because of the paint job.

    Cheers!
     
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  6. vsbabolat

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    Guess what the Pro tour 630 is also more flexible than the Prestige Classic 600.:shock:
     
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  7. suppawat

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    1. For a butt cap with no trap door, you need to remove leather and butt cap to see what's inside the hairpin.

    2. No idea

    3. You can buy new pallet and butt cap from Tennis Warehouse Europe, and do it your self. It costs 12.18 euros + shipping. You can do it yourself.

    http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/descpageACHEADH-HPALLET.html

    http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/descpageACHEADH-HSBCAPB.html

    See a quick instruction below.

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  8. hrstrat57

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    Great pics Suppawat!

    Awesome frames OP, I am very jealous!!
     
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  9. Bri-guy

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    That pallet switch doesn't actually look too hard. I would be nervous doing it though.....

    There is a small amount of court rash on the two PT10s at the top of the hoop, and with that, a small amount of red paint showing through. I wonder why..... :)

    Cheers!
     
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  10. movdqa

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    Be careful about cutting the pallet. It feels like stiff styrofoam and it is possible to chip some off.
     
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  11. Bri-guy

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    That is probably what would happen if I attempted to change pallets.

    I still wonder who used these frames. My guess is a Russian player judging from the last name of the person I bought these from. What year was this model, or paint job, being used on the tour?

    Cheers!
     
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  12. Geology_Rocks!

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    Interesting, I thought you should use those longer staples to secure the buttcap, those look like regular ones, am I right?
     
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  13. movdqa

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    Frames usually come with the longer and thinner ones and they are certainly stronger but I tend to just use what tools I have available - and I just have standard office staplers so that's what I used though I used two of them on opposite sides. I'm pretty sure that it will be fine.

    One of my K88s didn't have any staples on the buttcap and it came off during play. I only had some small brads handy so I just used one of those - I don't think there's any way the buttcap will come off with one of those. I was amazed that the buttcap stayed on as long as it did without staples.
     
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  14. Geology_Rocks!

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    Thanks for the reply movdqa,

    I never liked the longer staples because they pierce the hairpin, so if you change the pallets several times you will eventually damage it.

    I don't think the smaller stapples are long enough to tuch the hairpin so it might be a better solution.

    I'll try them next time I change pallets.
     
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  15. vsbabolat

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    The Prestige Classic 600 and Pro Tour 630 you have with LiquidMetal Prestige Cosmetics were used in 2004 and 2005.
     
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  16. Bri-guy

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    I'm going to have to do some google images hunting!

    No luck yet, though!


    Cheers!
     
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  17. suppawat

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    Normal staple is good enough as it doesn't damage the pallet so much.
     
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