Snauwaert Vintage Wooden Racquets N.O.S

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  1. Matt G

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    Hi all,

    was lucky enough to pick these up within Australia

    Very keen to string them up with gut or multi (and maybe even a poly) and have a game with them

    A couple will be for the wall as well I think!

    Anyone with some good info about them please let me know!!

    Thanks

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  3. Ronaldo

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    What do they weigh?
     
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  4. coachrick

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    Good looking sticks, Matt. Are the specs embossed on the shaft like so many Snauwaerts were?

    I'd sure skip the poly and go for gut on the first one!
    You're aware of the slightly different Snauwaert string patterns, yes?
     
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  5. Matt G

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    Havent had a chance to weigh them yet as they are still in transit.

    I'll upload more photos when they arrive.

    Hopefully the cards tell me how to string them!! Otherwise ill have to guess or find some photos online
     
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  6. vsbabolat

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    Grip size, weight and balance will be stamped on the side of the frames.
     
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  7. Matt G

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    Thanks VS, ill have a look when they arrive.

    Any idea of the stringing patterns??
     
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    A bit of advice, under no circumstance put poly in them , go online to Klip and order some cheap gut.
     
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  9. vsbabolat

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    They are 18x20.
     
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    The Caravelle was my first racquet in 1978-79. It is a beautifully crafted frame, on the flexible side. Good aerodynamics with the thin shaft. Snauwaert had some of the most skilled workers of the wood racquet industry. I'm amazed that there are still some NOS floating around. I used to string mine with Victor Imperial gut at 24 kilos.
     
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  11. coachrick

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    With slightly different skips at the top a la Davis and others, yes?
    As compared to more conventional woodies of the day, the outer mains looked quite far apart, IIRC.
     
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    After seeing the TW review, poly still might be an option. Lower tension of course. Ill also put full gut in one to see how it plays

    The stringing pattern will be the tough part but I'm sure I'll find a pattern.
     
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    The frames arrived today

    3 at 345g and 1 at 350

    Balance of 305 and 310

    They are just amazing to look at, and i cannot wait to string one of them up!

    Does anyone know the stringing pattern?? Most sites say to skip 9T but i'm not 100% sure how it'll work.

    Any help appreciated

    For now, enjoy the photos!

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    The second number doesn't indicate swingweight but rather balance.
     
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    Shared Holes?
     
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  18. Matt G

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    Sorry, balance is right, it was a long night at tennis!

    And from what i can see on an old frame i have, skip 9T, shared holes at 7,8,9H, and 7,8,10T.

    Pacific gut 17g at 55lb sound a good start?
     
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    It may be that yours will follow a conventional wood string pattern. Many Snauwaert frames skipped at the top to keep the outer mains parallel...just take a good look to see if that's the case. If not, it's a straightforward wood pattern, IIRC. Watch for crossovers in the double grooves and maybe use tubing on the first four mains on either side of the throat...leather power pads would complete the classic look ;)
     
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    I really cant tell if it skips at the top? What would i be looking for? I did a mock up last night with a regular wood pattern and it seemed to work out well.

    The only thing that is slightly confusing is one side has the double zig zag and the other has 2 sets of holes joined by slit that doesnt seem to do anything when i mock strung it???

    Whats the deal there??

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    Wow...it's been thirty years, but if that long groove is from 7 to 9, you can see it allows you to skip 8 and have the last main parallel to the other mains. I'd have to see the other side to figure out the zig zags...somebody will chime in, I reckon.
     
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    Coachrick is correct that Snauwaerts can be strung with two different patterns. They could be strung conventionally in a 18x20 pattern skipping 9T and with shared holes at 7T,8T,10T and 7H,8H,9H. Also they could be strung in a 16x20 pattern skipping 8T & 8H and with shared holes at 7T,9T,7H,9H. This was the case with any of their wood or wood composite frames which all had string grooves. Sometimes you would hear this pattern referred to as the Snauwaert pattern. The thought was that this would provide a more lively string bed.
     
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    Thanks for the very useful info -- nice to know I have options the next time I restring my La Grande.
     
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    Thanks for the info

    I will string it up in the 16x20 pattern I think

    I cannot wait to play one of these frames and see how it all feels

    They also look great on the wall so it's a win win!
     
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    Klip doesn't sell gut anymore. I called and asked why but can't remember what they told me. I did get the impression that it wasn't a temporary situation.
     
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    I think ill throw in pacific tournament classic 17g.

    Will get some photos when it's all done

    leather power pads in the first 2 throat mains as well, can't wait to see how it all plays
     
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    Well, i strung it up with a full bed of natural gut.

    I had planned to string it 16x20, but i couldnt seem to get the pattern right, so 18x20 it is!

    Very tight pattern in a small head, but didnt take too much longer than usual.

    Strung at 54lb, you can really feel the flex of the frame when you bounce a ball. Cant wait to head out to the courts within a few days and give it a real run.

    Enjoy the photos!

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    Looks like a nice job especially with the leather power pads.
    I would always choose 18x20 since the strings will last much longer, move much less, and I can hit all the spin I want with standard 18x20 wood rackets.

    Have you hit with the Snauwaert Brian Gottfried ? There are still quite a few of the NOS models floating around and interested to hear your opinion of the diffs in play. BTW, I have no problem stringing up one of those NOS models since I have a few spares.
     
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    Thanks for the pics...brings back memories, especially the My Serve/Your Serve !

    Did I see a Balmforth logo on the grip somewhere? Those are some sweet looking grips!

    Enjoy!
     
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    Use the short end of the string on the "W" side and the long string on the other.otherwise you'll end up wrong with the holes during cross stringing the racket. Take any classic woodie as a template, most all woodies have the same classic stringing pattern.
     
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