Pro Kennex Active Repartition Concept of High Energy technology

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  1. mad dog1

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    Do any of the resident racquet experts know anything about what the Pro Kennex Active Repartition Concept of High Energy (ARCHE) technology is? I searched online and pretty much came up empty. I've got a Black Ace that looks like it's 95 sq in and based the purple and blue splatter on black paint scheme appears to be from the mid 90s and was hoping someone knows more about this stick. Thanks!
     
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    Wasn't that the concept of giving a puppy and a double espresso with extra sugar to a small child?
     
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  3. mad dog1

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    :lol: very funny stuff. doesn't seem to resemble the technology in the black ace. maybe you have it confused with some other ARCHE technology. :lol:
     
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    Well, I hope they stand behind the product...A little ARCHE support goes a long way! :) :) :)
     
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    Wow! neither retrowagen or coachrick know about this PK Black Ace with ARCHE technology? :shock:

    i hope maybe hannah, dino lagaffe, gavna, vsbabolat, pshulam, or joe sch have some knowledge of this frame.
     
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    Sorry, I'm such a Luddite, the only Archie technology I know about has to do with how to use three straws in a malted soda to impress the ladies:

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    ARCHE sounds like the predecesor of their Kinetic system.
    I happen to have some ARCHE frames but never took a good look at them. Maybe I will take the old grinder and split one open just to see what's cooking inside :)
     
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    please let me know if you happen to have a Black Ace (black frame w/ purple & blue paint splatter treatment w/ ARCHE) in an L3 or L4 grip in your possession that you'd like to part with. :)
     
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    i thought ARCHE might be the original Kinetic technology, but when i shake my Black Ace, there are no loose particles rattling around like i can hear in the Kinetic series frames.
     
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    Let me have a look,
    get back to you on that later.....
     
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    I used the older Black Ace and I've never heard of it either. Wonder if this is a remake, where the marketer invented this term.
     
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    thanks, Hannah19!
     
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    Unfortunately no Black Ace.
    Turned out that out of a dozen frames the only ARCHE frame I have is a Destiny Boron Lite.
     
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    that's too bad. thanks for checking! how much does the Destiny Boron Lite weigh?
     
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    If it was a patented technology, one could look up the patent application and abstract online. Should be some thrilling reading! :)
     
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    I Googled and I found that Arche Technology was actually a subsidiary of PK in 1989.
     
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    yeah, thanks. but so far i'm having a hard time drawing the correlation between ARCHE technologies (computer hardware) and Pro Kennex (sporting goods). i don't see any port to insert a floppy disk or power cord in my Black Ace. ;)

    KUNNAN

    ARCHE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    computers, monitors, power supplies, facsimile machines, copying machines in connection with facsimile machines, cash registers, calculators, scanners, telephones, televisions, modems, punch-card machi

    KUNNAN

    ARCHE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Klasse 09: Computer, Bildschirme, Terminals, Tastaturen sowie Netzgeräte hierfür; Telefaxgeräte, Drucker, Kopiermaschinen, Registrierkassen, Rechenmaschinen, Scanner, Telefone, Fernsehapparate, Mod

    KUNNAN

    PRO KENNEX, INC.
    sporting equipment; namely, golf clubs, golf club shafts and golf club heads, head covers for golf clubs, and golf club bags
     
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    296 gramss.....
     
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    thanks, Hannah.

    my Black Ace tips the scales at 12.5 oz and hits a heavy, heavy ball. there's no way to tell if the ARCHE technology is responsible for this. what i do know is it is an awesome stick.
     
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    I have a feeling that "ARCHE" is just marketing gibberish pulled out of thin air for the sole purpose of promoting brand awareness for Arche Computers. The early '90s were halcyon days for Kunnan Lo and his company. It's easy to find articles on the web describing the rapid expansion and diversification that Kunnan Industries underwent during their early post-IPO years, and the even more spectacular implosion that befell this over-leveraged conglomerate when the Asian market tanked in the mid-'90s. If Lo had thought that naming his Taichung restaurant "Kennex" was a good idea, surely it should come as no surprise that he would also use his racquets to do some subliminal advertising for his newly founded computer company?

    It's interesting that when discussing the rise and fall of Kunnan Industries these days, Lo would often point out that his impressive rags-to-riches story would not have had such a dramatic back-to-rags ending (the part that has apparently become a standard case study in Taiwanese business schools) had he stuck to what he knew best - making racquets. He faults himself for not paying heed to his own limitations when faced with the dual temptation of easy credit and bigger profits. He is certain that had he continued to devote all of his energy to his core competency, instead of spreading himself thin over unfamiliar territories like securities, computer manufacturing, real-estate development, etc., everyone would be better off today - He would not have lost his fortune and nearly gone to prison for creative accounting, and tennis players around the world would have had more and better racquets to choose from.

    I guess he should have listened to Harry Callahan. :)
     
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    ^^ you're probably right, sanglier. one thing is certain. kunnan lo definitely did it right w/ this odd ball black ace.
     
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    Having been a Kennex rep in the mid-'80s but getting back on the court in the '90s, I wasn't aware of the catalyst(s) at work in the demise of Kunnan Lo's 'empire'. I knew they all but disappeared from the Atlanta market during that time--except for one or two shops and Sports Authority. Dealers who had been significant in their Kennex presence simply dropped the line over a 1-2 year period. Amazing.

    Even if all had stayed on course in the Kennex house--tennis, golf and racquetball equipment was then being manufactured on every corner, it seemed. It would have been interesting to see how the former 'world's largest manufacturer of tennis rackets' could have held up. Guess we'll never know ;) .

    Yep, a man's gotta know his limitations. :) BUT, his reach should exceed his grasp...but he should keep his eye on the prize...but put his pants on one leg at a time...and never bite off more than you can chew... :)
     
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