My thoughts on the PK Redondo Mid

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  1. roundiesee

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    At the urging of Mawashi, I'm posting a very short review of the PK Redondo Mid.

    Mawashi chanced upon a used Redondo a couple of weeks back and very kindly loaned it to me to try. It was strung with a hybrid of Kevlar/Syn Gut at about mid-50 lb tension. I must state that the playtest was done with some weighting at 3, 9 and 12 o'clock positions with a total of about 6g lead (although I would have preferred to try this plain stock actually, but no matter).

    I think the Redondo Mid is a very underrated stick. The feel was almost as good as my PC600, and the control was excellent. With the extra lead in place, it was very stable and had significant plow-through on all groundies. Slice was not exceptional, but since it has a dense pattern, this would be quite expected. The sweet-spot is rather small though, and one must find consistency and good form in order to get the best "feel" from this frame. Most of all it was very comfortable and despite the stiff Kevlar strings, I experienced no arm pain after my hitting session.

    I think personally the most important question for me was whether it could ultimately "replace" the PC600. The Redondo is of course no PC600 (the Head has a unique feel which is probably impossible to replicate) but I find that it has its own "unique feel" which (hopefully) for most would be equally as enjoyable as the PC600. With the latter becoming harder to find, and with the Redondo being still in production, I think PC600 users may strongly consider this as a worthy replacement.

    The other 2 rackets of which I have heard much praise are the MGP Mid and the Donnay Pro One Midplus (TW). I hope to try these two soon in the near future.

    Thanks for reading.

    :)
     
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  2. mawashi

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    Thanks my friend, I was so worried bout the effects of Kevlar as you mentioned bout twinges after using my Vantages however, they were strung at 55/57 kevlar/syn gut.

    The Redondo mid is at a more comfortable 52/54. If you want to see how it feels stock you can remove the lead tape n change the strings.

    Doubt that I will replace a PC600 but yes, it does have a unique feel n more importantly to me, the frame is softer n produces better spin than the PC600.

    Anyway, glad you like the frame.

    mawashi
     
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  3. matchmaker

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    The Redondo is a nice frame. Good feel, low power, you can really hit out with it.

    It plays nothing like the PC600, though. The PC600 has a lot more plough through and serves way better.
     
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  4. mawashi

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    You haven't tried my redondo with the lead added :). Plow through is pretty similar n slice/spin serves have more action.

    Comfort is better but feel isn't the same with the PC600.

    mawashi
     
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  5. max

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    The Redondo has always sounded like an excellent frame. I wonder if your experience would be significantly different with a more responsive string than kevlar. I'm no kevlar fan.
     
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  6. mawashi

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    Kevlar isn't unresponsive! I get great feel n action when I use kevlar compared to poly n the like. The mid initally came with polyforce but it didn't feel quite right so I changed to the kevlar hybrid.

    Well, to each his own as I found forten 18 kevlar to be a really nice string for me however, I'm currently testing out vantage strings n so far they feel very very nice.

    I've left some vantage poly n syn gut for roundiesee to test out so perhaps you'll get a slightly different review :).

    mawashi
     
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  7. The_Question

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    I seriously considered this racquet, but went with Ksix-one Tour instead.

    Nice to read some simple and informative reviews. I still considered to pick one up in the futue...
     
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  8. mawashi

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    The K90 is a very impressive mid frame. If it weren't for the high stiffness, it would be even more forgiving n is a true weapon in skilled hands.

    Personally the K90 n AK90 are truly fantastic frames n couple of things the Redondo does better is accuracy n comfort.

    mawashi
     
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  9. ReopeningWed

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    What does stiffness do in a frame? Does a higher stiffness offer more power?
     
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  10. mixedmedia

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    I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering if you could describe the lead placement. I was thinking 10 g total at 3/9 using ~4" strips.

    Thanks!
     
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