Score!!! Wilson Ultra FPK 95!!!!

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  1. tennis005

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    Found this at my local thrift store for 6 dollars with case. Anyone know any info or specs? I know I bought it cheap but out of curiosity, how much is it worth? Thanks
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  2. vsbabolat

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    You got one of the early ones that turned purple from the sun. It should be blue like the grommets.
     
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  3. tennis005

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    Yeah I noticed that when I pulled back the tape a little. Where was it manufacutered? Code is SAP.
     
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  4. Alec78

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    The FPK was my first adult racquet, purchased at Drilling Tennis Shop in our nation's capital in November '88.
     
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  5. schu47

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    $6 is a good deal for an FPK, even if it has turned purple. Some people really like the tapered beam, and it's fairly hard to find, so it might be worth a bit to the right person. Before you try to sell it, you ought to take it out and hit with it. You might like it. It's a quality racquet.

    Here's an ad from Tennis Magazine when the Ultra tapered beam series came out, about 1990-91, if I remember correctly. I can't find the magazine at the moment to check the date. According to the ad, the higher the stiffness number, the more flexible the racquet. So the FPK was the stiffest of the three. You'll see in the ad that it is graphite, fiberglass and kevlar.


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    I had an FPK, and currently have an Ultra Graphite, the burgundy one, which is 50-50 graphite-fiberglass, much more flexy than the FPK. They are midpluses, 95 sq. in. I think they also came in an oversize version, 110. I don't know what the various buttcap codes mean as far as country of manufacture. My Ultra Graphite has a code of TBW and was made in Taiwan. Here they are. As you can see, the FPK is very blue:

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  6. tennis005

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    Thanks. I'll take it out on the courts and hit with it tomorrow. Lets see how nice it hits. Anyone know why the early models turned purple?
     
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  7. kalic

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    I didn't know for Wilson's stiffness index...
    But today's six.one team is much flexier than regular six.one. What's the point?
     
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    Initially Wilson used the stiffness index, or "si", to indicate how stiff the racquets were. Years later they eventually changed the meaning of "si" to swing index which is why you can now have two different racquet models with the same "si" number that have completely different stiffness numbers.
     
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    The FPK 95 feels much softer in the head than the Pro Staff Classic 6.1, which has an RA flex of above 70. That was the point of the tapered beam design: stiff shaft, flexible head. The closest thing to the FPK 95 is probably the PS 6.0 95.

    Little known secret: the grommets for the 6.1 fit the FPK. At least the top bumper does — not sure about the rest of the grommets.
    The early FPKs were build in the St. Vincent factory.

    From the same mold, Wilson made a "Ultra Hammer 5.0" for the Euro market in the mid-nineties. It was a red and black frame with a head-heavy balance.
     
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  10. tennis005

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    So the SV manufactured FPK's turned purple?
     
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  11. jimbo333

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    Anyone know anything about the Wilson Ultra TBS 95 ?
     
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  12. SirSweetSpot

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    Nice find! It is a quality racquet indeed, but you won't know for sure until you cut out whatever string is still in there (probably 20 year old factory nylon LOL) and put some gut or high quality multi in there...then I doubt you'll want to sell it.:)
     
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  13. khw72004

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    any body play with the ultra graphite 110? I saw one at a local thrift for 20 and I passed it up, if it was a 95 I would have taken it but oversizes aren't my type of rackets
     
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  14. pshulam

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    I still have both and prefer the burgundy one as it's more gentle to the arms.
     
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  15. pshulam

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    anywhere from $25 - $90. I think $50 is a fair price.
     
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  16. VeryVolkl

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    Wow, very cool! That was my favorite racquet back in the day (I think around '92-'94) and when I came back to tennis I looked around for one out of nostalgia. If I found one I'd love to hit with it.
     
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  17. tennis005

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    Anyone know why the early models turned purple?
     
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  18. retrowagen

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    If you played tennis with it while angry, it turned purple... while happy, green. :lol:

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    Seriously, though, it was probably just a weird batch of clearcoat that would turn a bit after lots of UV radiation, thus giving a purplish tint to the blue metallic paint beneath.
     
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  19. jimbo333

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    So does nobody know anything about this Wilson ULTRA TBS 95?

    It is a black racquet, with similar styling to the FPK!
     
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  20. tennis005

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    Anyone know how many were made with this defect?
     
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  21. tennis005

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    Anybody have any specs for it?
     
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  22. jimbo333

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    It looks like I've finally stumped VSbabolat:shock:
     
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  23. tennis005

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    I played with it today and man is it a great racket. Once I pop in a fresh set of strings, this thing is going to play like a dream.
     
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  24. retrowagen

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    The Ultra FPK 95 is my all-time favorite Wilson racquet.
     
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    Retro -- I thought this was your all-time favorite Wilson. :)

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    ^^looks like a snow shoe
     
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  27. retrowagen

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    Ha ha! I'm amazed someone might remember that. No, actually that was the first "decent" racquet I ever owned (and learned tennis with). The first I could ever claim ownership of was a Wilson Chris Evert Rally, purchased for 11-year-old me by my mom who must have thought Chris Evert was a male. It was a floppy as a wet facial tissue, and even as an absolute beginner I could tell that it was not how a tennis racquet was meant to feel. The aluminum Sting was much crisper, albeit worlds away weirder. After it, I made the jump to composites; first the Head Graphite Vector, then the small-headed Kneissls (and sponsorship)... then other Heads and Fischers. I'm still camped out on older Heads and Fischers, actually.

    Wilsons haven't been my cup o' tea since, but among them the best of them I thought was the Ultra FPK 95.
     
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  28. mental midget

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    yes, awesome, awesome frame. great blend of materials, and the tapered beam gives a ton of ball feel. great racket for an all-court player.

    i owned three over a period of time. the first was a 'purple' one, much head lighter than the other two, and by far my favorite. man, i could bomb serves with that thing.

    i wonder why wilson didn't keep this line going--of all the dubious technological 'innovations' in racket tech, the tapered beam actually made a lot of sense, and it really did impart a feel all its own. an updated version of this frame in a graphite/kevlar mix would certainly have a place in today's game.

    nice find.
     
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  29. tennis005

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    The feel on groundstrokes and serves is so awesome! I feel like just forgetting about those 200 dollar junk rackets and switching to one of these.
     
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  30. jimbo333

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    Well I think I have the updated version of it:)

    The Wilson Ultra TBS 95, Graphite/Kevlar with tapered beam!

    It's so rare, VSBabolat hasn't heard of it:)
     
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  31. FedererClone

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    Got pics Jimbo?
     
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    Welcome to the world of classic frames!
     
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    Yep, soon:)
     
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  34. jimbo333

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    Here it is, the Ultra TBS:)

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    I'd really like to know what year this was released please, if anyone knows?
     
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    ^^^^^ Here is the photo:)

    Do you or anyone else know what year this one is please?
     
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  37. Tennis Man

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    or this one? It has a cover strangely similar to the original Ultra I, II and Pro Staff Midsize in layout.

    I got the red, the white, the black Ultra Kevlar and now looking for the blue FPK. :)

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  38. mltaylor

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    Wilson Ultra FPK 85 - Hana Mandlikova

    Here's my favorite Wilson Ultra.


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    I have more pictures in the other thread
     
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  39. tennis005

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    Anyone know what rackets manufactured today play or have similar specs as the FPK 95?
     
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  40. Tennis Man

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    I'm under impression that most of members here don't care much for modern racquets and wouldn't waste time comparing the feel and specs of modern frames to their favorite classics. The last modern 95 sq inch racquet I held in my hands was PS Classic 6.1. It may be "similar" to FPK 95. :)
     
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  41. Richard Pur

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    As of 3-4 years ago I was still trying to find a replacement for the FPK 95. What a great racquet. Great for serve and volley. I eventually settled on the Slaz Pro X-1. I was a little stiffer but played the closest to it.

    In terms of racquets still manufactured, while I never played much with it, I'd have to say the Volkl C-10. Maybe the Yonex tour 200. A tad bit more swingweight on both of those. I think the FPK 95 was 12.0 ounces, 8 pts headlight and a swingweight of about 315.

    I stocked up on these classics back in 1991 and was playing them until about 2007. I actually still have a new one (never strung up), but I didn't have a backup that matched it. The others were more flexible from use over the years. And I remember whenever I switched to a new one, there was a slight transition to the new stiffness. I'm thinking of selling all of them in a package deal. I even have one set of grommets.
     
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  42. proracketeer

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    Euro version?

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