Help me identify this old racquet

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  1. forzamilan90

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    So a friend of mine wanted to play the other day, dude shows up with this on the courts. What's it called and how old is this?

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  2. LeeD

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    Looks like a T-2000, circa late '70's, very heavy, very flexy and springy, and JimmyConnors rose to the top with a bridged version mostly, the stiffer 3000.
     
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  4. frinton

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    Don't want to be indiscreet, but did he win? :shock:
    And I have the same racket, but Lacoste branded...I served like from another planet with it, but don't dream about putting spin on a ball...
     
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  5. forzamilan90

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    No he didn't, he's a rookie, this racquet's been in his family for a while, dude just wanted to play, and brought this to the court. I tried to play with it too afterwards, felt clumsy. Went back home (live 5 mins away) and brought a 2nd racquet. Then we played properly,
     
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  6. vsbabolat

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    Jimmy played the T-2000.
     
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  7. Ronaldo

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    Now identify the string
     
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  8. gavna

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    Jimbo played the 2000 - never played with any of the other versions......
     
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  9. gavna

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    Looks like some well worn gut.........even still has the tubing at the top of the head and at he throat ( ABSOLUTE MUST WHEN STRINGING GUT IN THE OLD T Series).
     
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  10. coachrick

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    In the States, Victor Imperial would be a safe bet; although it looks ropey enough to be American Eagle or something equally nasty to put in the T-series. Nice job with the tubing. Could be an original grip with some petrified gauze tape(that really should be 'refreshed' for top-level play ;) )
     
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  11. SFrazeur

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    T-2000! Love these. Far better than wood racquets.
     
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  12. joe sch

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    Very true with the petrified gauze tape.
    Jimbo played the version that had the welds for the head to throat for a much more solid hit.
     
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    Awesome serving stick! Sweet spot is smaller than a tennisball diameter, but hit it and it is an great feeling. Beating my students with one... priceless!
     
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  14. Overdrive

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    How is this better than Woodies?
     
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    Steelies beat Wood?
     
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  16. Overdrive

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    Oops.

    Therefore, Graphites beat Steelies?
     
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  17. gavna

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    Connors never played any version other than the original T2000 series -

    He also added layers and layers of lead and would peel off or add some during his matches depending on the conditions and how he felt.
    I remember during US Open 1974-78 when I ballboyed watching him
    peel off layers - he also used 18g gut!!!

    The T3000, 4000, 5000 all had the extra support in the throat but Jimbo
    never used any of them.
     
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  18. lazya4

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    i've heard jimmy only played with the t2000 with the welded throat. there were at least 2 versions with a welded throat, one had a cirular head and the other had a more oval shaped head, like the t3000 t4000 and t5000. does any one know if jimmy played both of these?
     
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  19. joe sch

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    Just pointing out he used the t2000 with welds.
    Sure you seen them, correct ?
     
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  20. Ronaldo

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    This was the 1st production run of the T-2000. Connors had a hard time finding them later.
     
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  21. SFrazeur

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    This was posted to Connors Facebook page. No reason not to think they were his actual frames. They look welded to me. I have 2 without the extra welds and it is noticeable if you are on the look out for the difference.
     
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  22. SFrazeur

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    I find them more forgiving and to have a higher sweet spot than woods. Also, they are more powerful than wood; at lest the 1/4 to 3/8 woods that I have.
     
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  23. lazya4

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    cool...thank you. i can see both versions there. the ones at 1 2 and 10 oclock are definately the round ones and the ones at 4 5 7 and 8 o'clock are the more oval head shape. i have one of each.
     
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  24. SFrazeur

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    I've never heard of the "T" series having an oval shape. The "TX" series was oval shaped. They were also thicker and a straight beam compared to the contorted shape of the "T" series.

    Unless someone has documentation it just seems that an oval shaped T-2000 is just wrapping.
     
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  25. lazya4

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    i'll post pixs tomorrow.

    it is very slight difference. the round head is 9 3/4" wide and 10 5/8" long, total length 26 1/2". the other head size is 9 1/2" wide by 10 11/16" long, total length 26 3/4". i've only seen the shorter more rounded head with a welded throat. all of the non welded frames that i have seen are the more oval shape.
     
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  26. PrinceMoron

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    Gauze tape, ah heady days.
     
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  27. dak95_00

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    I never knew there were two models; one with weld and one without. I have four of these racquets and went and looked. Sure enough, only one has the weld. I did know that there were two different length grips. I only have one of the longer grips and it isn't on the welded racquet. There are also black writing covers and red covers.
     
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  28. struggle

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    weld? i thought they were all welded. can someone post a pic of a non-welded t2000?

    i knew that jimbo only liked one particular version and people were sending him their t2000's (from the attic, etc) most to no avail.

    edit: nevermind, i found pics. yeah, i have a couple of the welded models and had forgotten about those later/cheaper/whatever versions and how they actually looked. i thought they were all welded but just more welding on some, or somesuch.
     
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  29. frinton

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    Could you post pics of both versions pointing out the difference? I wonder what my Lacoste is like...
     
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  30. dak95_00

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    I just picked up another at Goodwill today. I couldn't resist at $1. It was the welded version.

    I did notice something new though. There is a code on the hoop in the middle at the bottom. The welded ones are both FX and of the three non-welded, I could only read one which is JZ. Any one else? Does anyone know the codes?
     
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