PRO Garcia Wood Graphite racquet designed by Niki Pilic

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  1. BoomBadill

    BoomBadill New User

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    My friend recently gave me this racquet as a gift, and I would like to know something more about it. All he could tell me is that he brought it from Switzerland.

    It looks beautiful and feels great, looks like it's never been in play, weights about 350 grams (on a kitchen scale) and is strung with Babolat DF Rough string.

    Any of you racquet connoisseurs know something about it? Any info much appreciated. Thanks.

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  2. joe sch

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    Garcia made some nice rackets, this model is very similar to the head vilas and edgewoods. One of my first rackets was the garcia 240 which harold solomon played and is still often seen today as the stick that young agassi was swinging. I did not see too many open throat models from Garcia, maybe they were only sold in Europe ?
     
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  3. BoomBadill

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    Thanks, joe sch.

    Do you maybe know around [SIZE=-1]which year this racquet could have been manufactured? End of 70ties? Beginning of 80ties?
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  4. movdqa

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    I thought that Garcia only made one racquet. I played against a kid that used one when I was in my teens (a long time ago). It looked like an attempt at a JKA knockoff.

    They kid that used it was rather short and I wondered if was a Solomon wannabee.
     
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  5. Capt. Willie

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    Was this also sold as the Rossignol C12? Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought there were Garcia's and Rossignol's that were basically the same racquet (made in the same factory). Such as the Garcia 240 and the Rossignol Strato.
     
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  6. retrowagen

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    Bingo! Nice call; beat me to it. I think the C-12 was the more popular racket. Odd to think that many Rossignol rackets (la belle de France) were actually made in the You Ess uh Ay.
     
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  7. Capt. Willie

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    Thanks. :) Yeah, I think the 240 and Strato were made in a factory in Maine.
     
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  8. retrowagen

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    Nothing wrong with that. The New England woodworking - even racket making - tradition is a quiet one, but quality-wise, easily the match for the best of Belgium or Great Britain. Sadly, now only recognized and appreciated by retro-weirdos like me.

    I think every tennis player should keep a good standard-sized wood frame strung up and ready to go in his or her tennis bag. They're great for identifying and filtering out the extra junk and weirdness we tend to add to our strokes and technique, allowed in by the modern "helper" frames most of us use. The standard-sized wood frame hold a pretty harsh mirror up to our game; shows us right away what's good and bad with it.
     
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  9. vsbabolat

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    All of Rossignol's wood racquets were made in U.S.A. including the Graphite 200 a mid size wood and graphite racquet with the Rossignol inverted throat bridge. Rossignol employed AEGIS to oversee the racquet production in the U.S.A.
    http://www.aegisbicycles.com/about.html
    "In 1973, the Rossignol Ski Corporation employed our company's engineers to manage their Tennis Racquet Division in Van Buren, Maine"

    The first Rossignol F250 I hit with was made in U.S.A. Production of that racquet then switched to France where all the the other Graphite racquet production was located.
     
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  10. Clintspin

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    I have to agree with Retrowagen 100%. Nothing like playing with wood to work out your strokes. I believe I have better serve and one-hand backhand mechanics when playing with wood.

    I have a Garcia 300 XL in my wood collection. Didn't know much about it until this post.
     
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