My Manufacturers List

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  1. Virginia

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    A couple of people expressed surprise at the number of different manufacturers, that are represented in my racquet collection, so I thought I'd post a list.

    I thought it was around 85, but it turns out to be 93! Should I aim for a nice round hundred? Does anyone have one not in this list?


    1 Abercrombie & Fitch
    2 Acro
    3 Adidas
    4 All American Sports Co
    5 Aldila
    6 Bancroft
    7 Bard
    8 Bentley-Wilson
    9 Besta
    10 Black Knight
    11 Blackburne
    12 Boris Becker
    13 Bridgestone
    14 Browning
    15 Caldon
    16 Chemold
    17 Chris
    18 Cortland
    19 Davis
    20 Donnay
    21 Dunlop
    22 Dura-Fiber
    23 Durbin
    24 Emrik
    25 Estusa
    26 Fila
    27 Fin
    28 Fischer
    29 Fox
    30 Frank Sedgeman
    31 Fred Perry
    32 Futabaya
    33 Gamma
    34 Garcia
    35 Hanil
    36 Hart
    37 Head
    38 Kawasaki
    39 Kennedy
    40 Kneissl
    41 Kuebler
    42 Lacoste
    43 Le Coq Sportif
    44 Lee Cooper
    45 Lobster
    46 Lotto
    47 MacGregor
    48 Mad Raq
    49 Madison
    50 Matchmate
    51 Maxima
    52 Mercedes Benz
    53 Mizuno
    54 Oliver
    55 PDP
    56 Penn
    57 Pinguin
    58 Prince
    59 Pro Kennex
    60 Pro Supex
    61 Prohand
    62 Protagon
    63 Puma
    64 Rawlings
    65 Regent
    66 Rossignol
    67 Roxpro
    68 Seamco
    69 Seamless
    70 Sentra
    71 Sergio Tacchini
    72 Slazenger
    73 Snauwaert
    74 Spalding
    75 Stellar
    76 Stolle & Emerson
    77 Taisport
    78 Tecno Pro
    79 Tenex-Sports
    80 Tensor
    81 Toalson
    82 Tony Trabert
    83 Tremont
    84 Tretorn
    85 Volkl
    86 VW
    87 Weed
    88 Wilson
    89 Wimbledon
    90 Wright & Ditson
    91 Yakin
    92 Yamaha
    93 Yonex
     
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  2. ericsson

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    Nice list Virginia, i don't see the brand " La Hutte" though ;-)
     
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    94. La Hutte
    95. Well
     
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  4. racquetfreak

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    to commemorate the many times road runner style players have foiled the best efforts of stronger coyote style opponents; there should be an ACME brand tennis racket. :)
     
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    95: Tiger
    96: Hema.

    Both racquets used by Paul Haarhuis. The Hema during his amazing run in the US Open in 1991. Tiger is Haarhuis' own dutch brand.
     
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    Just a spelling note:

    95: Tyger
     
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    97: Aeroplane
    98: Prowess
     
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  8. Steve Huff

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    There are a few I can think of. Avery is not listed and I think they're still in production, as is Bosworth. Carnelian made a racket called the Pro Tour Graphite. Feather made a Classic Pro and a CourtTi 2000. I don't see MegaAge, and I think they are based right there in Australia. There's a Natural Power Grip racket. PowerAngle is still made. Technifibre's are still available, as are Vantage rackets. Another one listed in the USRSA book is Winjammer and X-45. X-45 are tilted head models similar to the Ergonom.

    With a little work, you'll be to 100 in no time.
     
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  9. Don't Let It Bounce

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    They made the Jabba 135 (Weed precursor), right? :)
     
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    Ginnie, Let me know if you need an Alpha, Omega, Franklin, or WonderWand to round out the 100. The Alpha(s) are prototypes...not sure if they were ever in production. The Omega is a cheapie aluminum, my Franklin is an open-throat woodie(also have an open throat wood KSM) and the WonderWand was an early '90s Weed-looking thing.

    That is one heck of a collection! No Porsche, Leach, Yoneyama(gotcha!), Harry C Lee, ProAm, Major, Sheffield ?

    Well done! My brain keeps asking why I'm living in the past so much! :)
     
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  11. jigar

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    Wow.... That is a big list.
     
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  12. Keifers

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    Wavex. 10.
     
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    How about "Antelop" ? From the pics I saw, the G-III Boron-Graphite mid and TC-898 mid looked pretty cool in that early '80s PK Black Ace kind of way.

    Also "Diadora" if you count latter-day big-box cheapies. They have one or two intermediate/near player-spec frames.
     
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  14. coachrick

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    Forgot ZEBEST; but, that may be too Atlanta-centric. Seems like they supplied a number of U.S. college players in the '90s.

    Oo, oo...how about the Mitt Rocker?

    How about a DIY home remodeling show: 'Adding a new wing to the garage to house the ever-expanding racket collection' ? :)
     
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  15. Steve Huff

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    I forgot about the WonderWand, and I string a couple for guys who bought them at the US Open one year. Also, another one not on your list is the Mitt Rocker. That's pretty recent, so you may still have some luck finding one of those.
     
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    Oops... post deleted :)
     
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  17. galain

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    I want to know, Virginia, if you were able to write all these down, just from memory, or if you had to go and sneak a peak or two!
     
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  18. Virginia

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    Actually the list was extracted from a word document I have, that lists all the racquets I've bought since I started collecting, including prices, the date of issue, the date of purchase and where I got them from (e.g. E b a y, Hospice shop, etc).

    Luckily I started that list early on and made sure I always kept it up to date.

    I'm amazed at all the replies - thanks, everybody! :)

    I'll respond in more depth, when I've had a chance to look up the suggested brands in Kuebler.
     
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  19. jazar

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    i have a keencraft classic. keencraft is the name pacific used to sell rackets under. its a pretty cool racket, kind of like a pro staff, but with a slightly thicker beam and a 14x17 string pattern
     
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  20. gavna

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    MAJOR

    French brand that Leconte, Forget and quite a few pro's were using - racquets were rebranded as Technifibre when the two companies merged in the 90's
     
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  21. joe sch

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    Nice variety. Im not sure what your collection era of interest starts at, possible like 1950 ? Ofcourse if you want to add lots of other manufactures, you can go older and start amassing some antique woodies like Victors and Horsman.
     
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  22. vsbabolat

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    They were not two companies that merged. Major has always owned Tecnifibre. In fact today the compnay is still called Major Sports. It was in the early 2000's that Major decided to re-brand the racquets as Tecnifibre.
     
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    Racquet Brands

    Rucanor.....made in Holland. I picked up a Rucanor "Endeavor" in a thrift store. Midplus, over 12 oz., very solid.
     
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  24. onehandbh

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    I have a wood French racquet called Larcade (Larcaide?). If I have time I'll take
    a photo. It is very heavy. Probably close to 15 oz.
     
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  25. coachrick

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    Holy macanoli !!! Is BABOLAT missing from the list? Horrors!!! :)
     
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  26. Virginia

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    Yes, Banolat is missing and deliberately so. Put it down to feminine foibles if you like. :evil:

    By the way, if anyone has a Sheffield "Wilding", please let me know.

    Likewise, an F.H. Ayres "Wilding".

    This year, it's 100 years since Anthony Wilding of New Zealand won his first Wimbledon.
     
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  27. Dino Lagaffe

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    About racquet brands: I don't think anybody has mentioned Elf?
     
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    You seem to have a firm grasp on this type of information. Is Tecnifibre/Cousin Freres a result of acquisition? Or has Major always owned Cousin Freres? Few people seem to be aware of the company being a major player in aeronautics, fibre optics and more mundane cordage products.
     
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  29. Captain Haddock

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    Lafourcade, Gauthier, Elf (all French brands).
    Pro's Pro.
     
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  30. schu47

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    This is a great thread, Virginia. You always come up with interesting ideas. And I'd bet no one else on this board can match that number of manufacturers.

    But as we both know, there are always more. :) Here are a few of mine which haven't been mentioned yet. Alas, no Ayres or Sheffield Wildings in this bunch.

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    Bottom to top: Topspin, Phanton, G-Starr, Benes and Super-X.


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    Bottom to top: Gary Head, Desporte, Dayton and Ada.
     
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  31. vsbabolat

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    It is my understanding that Cousin Freres manufactures the Tecnifibre String for Major Sport. Cousin Freres is a separate company that is in partnership with Major Sports.

    In 1980 Major Sports developed the Tecnifibre string. This was a landmark event in the development of stringing technology.
    Mr. Robin, a chemical engineer, developed the concept with Cousin Freres, the industrial partner, and Major Sports.
    This was the beginning of the successful partnership between Major Sports and Cousin Freres that continues to this day.
     
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    I would also love to find a Wilding racket, they are very scarce.
    I think I have only seen one or two over the last decade.
     
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  33. Virginia

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    Yes, 1950 - but mostly concentrated on the 1980's. I have one or two older ones, 1928 or thereabouts and my oldest is a Wright & Ditson Hub from 1895. I also have a few modern racquets, all new, chosen for their "classic" characteristics.

    I've deliberately kept away from the really antique ones, partly because of their expense and partly because I had to draw the line somewhere.
     
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  34. Virginia

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    I've made a special study of Wilding, as he was a New Zealander and a pretty special person. I have two biographies plus his own autobiography "On the Court and Off".

    I've been working for the last 18 months or so on getting a wooden racquet tournament organised, to celebrate his centenary.

    Our regional tennis organisation has expressed considerable interest (they oversee 47 clubs in my area), but we haven't finalised the details yet.
     
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  35. Virginia

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    schu47, we might need to have a little talk. You didn't tell me you had all these beauties! :evil:
     
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  36. zapvor

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    wow amazing list. love it
     
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    Sorry for my syntax on my original post merger was not the correct term - English not my 1st language - I work for a company that competes with Cousin Composites (a division of Cousin Freres) and they are for sure not owned by Major -
     
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    Thanks, man.
     
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  39. pug

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    Virginia,

    Awesome list! Do you have pictures posted somewhere? If not........
     
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  40. Virginia

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    Yes, see my sig - it's not complete yet, as I need to send the webmaster some more. He also has a few he hasn't uploaded yet.

    In a month or so, I'll be getting some professional photos taken, that I'll upload to picassa web eventually. Plus of course, I'll post a few here too, to show my tennis collector friends, from whom I've learned so much over the last 2-3 years. :)
     
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  41. joe sch

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    Great idea on the woody tournament to celebrate the Wilding Centenary. I played a woody tourney this year that was a tribute to Jack Kramer which really made it special to me.
     
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  42. zapvor

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    virginia-so you are related to the 80s tennis site!
     
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  43. zapvor

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    virginia-i have the same lobster racket
     
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  44. Virginia

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    Yes, 80s-tennis.com - as its name suggests, it's all about 80s tennis - the racquets, the players, the clothes, everything. :)

    The Lobster is a neat racquet, isn't it?
     
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  45. zapvor

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    thanks for sharing with us virginia. i havent had a chance to hit with the lobster. the grip that came with it was so old it got sticky. in fact i need to find it....i forget where it went:(
     
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  46. nickynu

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    Virginia................ Im shocked at you omitting both

    MEGA AGE and
    KARAKAL

    Shame on you!!:):):)
     
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    MILLER, an italian racquet manufacterer, Paolino Cane' was playin' with. Here in Italy, also SCAGLIA, really nice wood frames, and ALTO.
     
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  48. Cesare

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    another italian brand, AUSTRALIAN, famous for its tennis clothes, produced frames in the 90's
     
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  49. Virginia

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    Those manufacturers have never come my way, I'm afraid. I just take what's offered, you know (as Federer would say). :)

    The only racquets I'm looking now for are the Lacoste Equijet and Wilson Javelin (the one with the split throat), but I fear both are out of my price range. Oh, and I'd like a Donnay Fiberwood. :)
     
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  50. alfa164164

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    WIP (Italian brand used by Panatta), Pacific (new brand, close to home for you), Porsche (I believe Volkl manufactured them), Pro Supex, Armani (Babolat made a special batch for them) - a few more to add to your list
     
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