Prince Tricomp 90 - unappreciated

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  1. pshulam

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    After many failed attempts to sell my mint condition Tricomp 90 with brand new Head Rip Control string for a cheap price (below $20), I have decided to take it out for a spin. I was pleasantly surprised that the racquet has a very crisp, solid feel. It has plenty of power, control, spin potential and stability. I was able to stir the ball with precision. The only gripe is that the maneuverability is not great as it is heavy. Anyway, the Tricomp seems to be an unappreciated racquet. The moral of the story is that do not just go after racquets that are in the Greatest Racquets of All Times (GROT) as there are many great racquets available for cheap.
     
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  2. Virginia

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    I agree this is a very good racquet - a good friend of mine has had hers for around 20 years and it's still as good as new, plus it's a very good looking stick. She hits a mean ball with it too! :evil:
     
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  3. Don't Let It Bounce

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    I've never hit with one, but I'm sure I'm guilty of failing to appreciate it. It came at the beginning of the widebody days, IIRC, and I think I figured at the time if I'm gonna go wide, might as well go all the way and get a Thunderstick. I also assumed it was intended to replace the Spectrum Comp, a racquet I really liked, so there was probably some sort of weird semi-conscious rejection of it going on there.

    None of which is rational, of course, and it's very cool to have a racquet you dig, that you can get on the cheap and that hardly anyone else knows about. Enjoy!
     
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  4. MAXXply

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    That's exactly what I was thinking at the time, sheesh, was it 20yrs ago, standing in the tennis shop...thinking heck, if I was gonna go wide, I may as well go for a Thunderstick or Profile.
     
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  5. pshulam

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    The beam width of Tricomp is only 22mm (constant beam). The Thunderstick has a dual taper beam (28mm head/24mm shaft). Your assumption may be correct as the Tricomp is very similar to the Spectrum Comp in feel with the exception of additional power.
     
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  6. pshulam

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    The Tricomp definitely provides sufficient power to drive the ball hard.
     
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  7. MarrratSafin

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    I'd expect it to be similar to the Spectrum Comp 90- do you have that frame? I thought it is the best Prince racquet ever made, excellent in everything- if the TriComp is like that then it is a great frame as well!
     
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    I have both too, MarratSafin and they do seem very similar - great racquets!
     
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    The CTS Thunderstick was 32mm at the top of the head with a 'constant taper' (hence the Constant Taper System moniker) to the handle. The Tricomp was the "update" to the Spectrum Comp. It even had the same material composition - graphite, fiberglass, and ceramic (tri-composition). It came out at the same time as the Graphtech DB - another one of my favorites. I think marketing-wise those frames lost out to the CTS line that were made of varying widths and were available in both midsize and oversize headsizes. I remember the ads.....they were good.

    Enjoy your Tricomp 90. It was one of those forgotten about or disrespected frames at the time. Not really a widebody, not a conventional racket.

    There are so many good frames from the 80's and early 90's that people just don't know about. That's why the 'classic' forum is great. People like us share their memories of their favorites and new or renewed experiences with terrific old frames.
     
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    I see you're waxing nostalgic with respect to the 90; but, the oversize was a tinny, hollow, buzzy nothing frame in my opinion. I had a couple of students who used that frame and the only characteristic it had in common with the Spectrum Comp was the graphics...actually, I thought the Tri Comp looked a bit more feminine...fine by me. The original Spectrum was solid, the Tri Comp, not so much. Both had easily chipped finishes that really detracted from the appearance of the frame. Then, there were those terrible, slick gray/white grips. Maybe I was just in a bad mood back then :) .
     
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  11. VGP

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    That's for sure......
     
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    Thanks for asking. I have 2 Spectrum Comp 90 - great feel and control!
     
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    Lots of chicks used it back then, I only remember seeing 2-3 guys using it..
     
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    Thanks for your input Virginia- I might just get a TriComp sooner or later!:)
     
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    Yup, really nice frame, and plays well enough even with a cheap synthetic gut! Also like the open string pattern, it's like a breath of fresh air coming from the tight pattern midsized Head frames.:)
     
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    Back in the day I played the best tennis of my life with the Spectrum 110.

    As far as it being a "girly racket" I was a 6'6" 200 lb. big server who rushed the net and volleyed hard. I LOVED it when the opponent tried to lob me thinking
    i was slow. I had studied and practiced the scissorkick overhead and hit it pretty well....

    (20 years later, 30 lbs heavier and 2 steps slower, not so much) but.....

    girly racquet indeed!!!!!
     
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    Spectrum =/= TriComp...You were using the real racket.
     
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    I'm a girl and I loved the Spectrum Comp 110 - the men in my club thought it was a heavy racquet. Go figure! :)
     
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    I sold one on that auction site a handful of years ago for less than $20 and have regretted it since. I couldn't find a second one and it was before I joined this site. I really liked that racquet. It was a very solid racquet w/ plenty of pop and control. I'd compare it to any of the Wilson 6.1 lines.
     
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    Interesting. I've never been a Prince fan but always known the value of th4e Spectrum Comp. Never realized it was "for women only"! :)

    I liked the Graphtech DB when it came out. But I have a mental resistance to the idea of ANY Prince racquet.
     
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    I believe the OP must be right about the Tricomp being unappreciated. If it can't get out from under the mighty shadow of the Spectrum Comp even in its own thread, it has to be the Rodney Dangerfield of Prince 80's racquets!

    It is indeed odd today to consider a 22 mm beam a "widebody", but believe it or not the Tricomp was regarded that way when it was introduced. It wasn't the width alone (which the Dunlop Max 200G and its siblings already had, IIRC); it was the the hollow construction and beam cross section shape (a long, thin oval, like that of the more obvious widebodies like the Profile and T-Stick and like most racquets today) that separated it from forebears that occupied a similar place in the Prince line-up.

    ... And if white racquets are automatically chicksticks, I'm ready to turn in my Y chromosome so I can keep using 'em.
     
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    I've got one of the TRi Comp O/S racquet that my wife used some years ago. In fact at one time was three of my family members were using these racquets. I may need to restring this and try hitting with it. I had it for sale. I may to re-think it now.
     
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    i've got a tricomp OS that i haven't tried hitting w/ yet, but i also have a tricomp 90 that i pull out to hit w/ occasionally. it's a very nice, solid stick compared to many of today's sticks. easy access to spin w/ the open 14 x 18 string pattern. decent feel, but not quite as communicative as the 4 stripe POG mid.
     
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    Thanks Med Dog for this info. I know when I tried to get them to just buy the 90 they ( my family) wanted to buy the OS version. I was hoping at least ONE would get the 90 so I could hit with it as well. I've never hit with the OS this whole time. It may be time now. I'll re-string it and hit a few sets just to see how it plays. Those older racquets really played a lot better IMHO.
     
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  25. jimanuel12

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    i found a sweet deal on a prince tricomp 110. i took it out yesterday for the first time, and man, what a sweet baby. this baby has power for a 12 oz racquet, i was quite surprised even though Virgina had stated that in an earlier post.
    it may look like a girly racquet but that baby can power drive the ball. i served up 4 aces in one set yesterday against my tennis buddy and i am not know for a big server.
    i love this racquet - as i said - i picked it up for a steal.:)
     
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    Tricomp was and still is very unappreciated. Its very true that players in that era believed that 22 mm beam widths were for hackers without strokes. Its soo ironic the the babolats are now for players and very similar to those "girly" rackets :) The Prince Spectrum and even CTS Blast were also unappreciated rackets with similar good playability. I recommend buying some for steals and keeping them in your player bag for some surprising good performance for cheap.
     
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    yeah, i know what you mean - i bought 2 prince spectrum's last year for almost nothing - think i gave $10.00 each for them.
    i bought 2 POG last year - one for $14.50 and one for $8.50, man i love a bargain.:)
     
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    i meant to ask - do you happen to know the specs for the tricomps?
     
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    These are all I have for the Prince rackets:

    Prince Boron Longbody 338/11.92/58/338
    Prince CTS Lightning 110 355/12.52/63/333
    Prince Graphite Pro 110 351/12.38/49/335
    Prince Graphite Tour 321/11.32/72/341
    Prince Mono 349/12.31/62/326
    Prince Precision Graphite 640 360/12.70/61/332
    Prince Spectrum Comp 90 368/12.98/67/345
    Prince Woodie 376/13.26/35/335

    Maybe Dino has some additional stats ? Would be nice to get some more the the Prince graphites ...
     
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    The spectrum comp are definitely bargains. I hold on to two of them. One of the racquets still has a price tag of $189 (back then) inside the case. They are so solid and precise.
     
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    thanks, i think Virgina said the specs for the spectrum are close to the tricomp.
     
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    Took the Tricomp 90 for a hit some days back. I have only been playing for just over a year, so take my experience with that in mind. I find I am late a lot on my strokes with this racquet, it is probably my timing/footwork, but I seem to have less of that problem with my regular racquet(Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 Tour), which is my go-to racquet. The balance must make the Tricomp seem heavier than it is. Curiously for a racquet with 14 x 18 string pattern, I find topspin hard to generate with the Tricomp. May have to do with racquet head speed. It hits a better flat ball, at least as far as I am concerned.
    Have hit with a friend's Yonex RD-7, which I really liked for its topspin potential and sublime feel. My timing was better with that racquet.
     
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    I saw one of these at my local Goodwill, $8. I passed. The balance wasn't for me (I prefer very headlight) and the beam width sealed my 'no' vote.
     
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    I've got one in n.o.s. condition.
    Maybe I'll string it up and have a go with it.
    I love the Spectrum so the wider beam on the Tricomp puts me off a bit too.
     
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