Racquets from small companies?

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  1. Caswell

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    How (un)common are racquets from regional manufacturers?

    I've got a racquet from the early nineties from a company called "Ellipse" - the only other mention of that company I've found on this forum is from someone else from the Orlando area. It's a professional looking job - nice paint job, came with a nice full length cover, etc.

    My understanding was that they went out of business in pretty short order (I guess you could expect that of a company who's only mention to date is in the "Worst Racquets Ever" thread). I personally haven't seen a lot of racquets from small, regional manufacturers - is that truly an oddity?
     
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  3. Ripper

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    Sometimes, I get the creepy feeling that there's a computer somewhere (permanently "on"), runned by a robot or a software, that's programed to, automatically, generate these replies, when it detects a post here, containing a specific wording or something, lol.

    PS: I'm just joking, Marius...
     
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  4. ollinger

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    Really, Marius, wipe the oatmeal off your chin....What exactly are you responding to in his post??
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  5. d_frank

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    Like 70% of his posts are that response :p
     
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  6. Mugatu

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    try upwards of 90%..!!
     
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    I think he has a word document open next to his browser. When he sees a new topic, he finds a related response, and copies and pastes it.
     
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  8. Caswell

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    LOL... well, given its weight and relatively narrow beam, it may just be arm-friendly. Who knows...

    Anyway, got bored and thought it may be more interesting with a picture. It's the only oversize racquet I own, so I figure the wife may inherit it once she graduates from her Wal-Mart special.

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. tarkowski

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    Good one Ripper, too funny. No ridicule intended Marius - just fun. The fact that we pick up on this probably means we're spending too much time on this board as well.

    Some potential 'bot' activation words:

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  10. slice bh compliment

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    Ellipse frames were well designed and well made. I did not consider them to be total widebodies for their time...maybe you would call them mid-profile?

    If I recall, they tried to use fewer drill holes at 10 and 2 o'clock for stability. Unfortunately, this meant a couple of shared holes. Some stringers did not like that too much. I guess the company came and went. Maybe Wilson or Prince bought them out. Who knows? I know buy-outs sometimes happen with bag and grip makers when they do a little too well in their first two years.
     
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  11. slice bh compliment

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    I do not think Ellipse qualifies, but as for some lesser known racketmakers:

    Zebra, Zebest, Cayman, Avery, Durbin, Yamaha, Stolle/Emerson Tennis [SET], Lacoste, Tecnifibre, Major, Tyger. There must be more.
     
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  12. Caswell

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    Ah, cool, so someone does remember them. I wouldn't classify the one pictured above as a widebody - the frame isn't much wider than my M-Fil 300's. You're right about having a lot of shared holes.

    I don't remember it being a bad racquet. It was good enough at the time to look for a spare once I started hitting with enough topspin to break strings quickly. By that time they weren't in production any more, and I became a steady Dunlop customer since my teaching pro was sponsored by them and he'd throw a deal or two my way.
     
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  13. string70

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    You know if your not using those Select Pro's (and they are Mids) I have rackets to trade and cash!!:)
     
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  14. Court_Jester

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    As much as this thread has been very useful to me and partly responsible for my switch to Volkl, I don't see how this is related to the original post at all. I even searched within the thread for the word "Ellipse" and didn't find it. So I'm with the other posters here.
     
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