Oldest racket you have played ?

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Oldest racket you have played ?

  1. y2k+ new school

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  2. 1990+ old school graphite

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  3. 1980+ prototype graphite, metal composite model

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  4. 1960+ players wood racket

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  5. 1935+ woodie (rackets had leather grips)

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  6. 1900+ woodie (rackets had wood coutoured grips)

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  7. 1800+ woodie (flat or lobbed head, fishtail, bulbous handle)

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  1. joe sch

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    Wondering what the oldest vintage rackets many of the posters have used ? I bet there are many who have played woodies, metals and early composites and maybe even a few who played earlier woodies. I enjoyed playing a circa 1900 Wright & Ditson convex wedge wood handle racquet :)
     
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  2. andreh

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    Where does the Pro Staff Original 85 fit in? Introduced in 1983 so it's an 80s racket but no metal.
     
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  3. joe sch

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    Depends upon the model, if its the Chicago or early St Vincent, then you have the prototype, thus an 80s, if its an Tiawon or China then a 90s.
     
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  4. Kobble

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    A wood Slazenger racquet.
     
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  5. Kirko

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    Last week hit for 45 min. with an XRC & m friend with a Fansteel graphite that I got from Joe Sch was alot of fun !
     
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  6. joe sch

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    Kirko, glad to hear you guys are enjoying those rackets. You both must be very skilled to use those rackets with dime size sweet spots :!: Cheers, Joe
     
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  7. Kirko

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    Joe my friend was a bit surprised at how well we hit ground strokes , but I reminded him we grew up playing that size . Did not play sets just hitting & a trip down memory lane. By the way the string job on both were very nice !! Thanks again !
     
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  8. jayserinos99

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    I used to hit with a lot of aluminum/metal racquets. There's a t2000 somewhere around here....
     
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  9. Deuce

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    I've hit with a few wood racquets - I have a Jack Kramer Pro Staff that I take out every now & then. Nothing older though. Hopefully one day, if the opportunity presents...

    The XRC is a great frame, isn't it, guys? I had one back in about 1982. Got two of them a couple of years ago after not seeing one for about 20 years. Best feeling on groundstrokes of any racquet ever made. Great flex. As good as it is from the baseline - that's about how bad it is at the net, though. Still - I just take it out sometimes and bash away from the baseline, with an everpresent smile on my face.
     
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  10. andreh

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    No matter when or where it was made it's the same racket, depsite the st.vincent wet dream.
     
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  11. Kirko

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    Deuce I would read this forum all the time & read all the things you mentioned abt. the XRC . You were on target.
     
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  12. John C

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    Steel racquet (not alu), steel strings(piano strings) in mid-50's
    Tad-Davis Imperial(laminated wood) with Victor gut in late 50's
    Wilson Pro-staff (white-brown) in with Victor in 60's
    Dunlop Max-Ply Fort in 70's
    How's that for old?
     
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  13. charlesm

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    Great topic.
    Certainly had a wooden racket in the late 70's but can't remember the name :?:
    Then moved on to the T-2000 which is still in the house somewhere
     
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  14. Steve Huff

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    Joe, do you really enjoy playing with the old W & D, or enjoy the challenge of playing with them?
     
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  15. Deuce

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    Glad you're enjoying the magic, Kirko.
     
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  16. joe sch

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    Steve, I enjoy the sensation of using a turn of the century W&D wood racquet. The feel of this old heavy wood with soft natural strings is really enjoyable. Its also fun to showoff and see what comments I get from other players. I only used it to hit with my young son who is just learning to rally. It is more than enough challenge playing a 70s woodie against players that are a level below and using thier newage graphites.
     
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  17. baseliner

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    Wilson Jack Kramer Pro Staff. A truly classic racket. The standard by which others were measured.
     
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