the Wilson Ultra 2

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  1. gplracer

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    I used to play with the Ultra and then the Ultra II as a junior. I still have the original Ultra. I really liked playing with those.
     
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  2. max

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    The extreme price back then, compared to other frames, kept me from buying one.

    What a bad ass racquet! I found it amazing to hit with, when I had the chance.
     
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  3. giokkk67

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    Hi Arafel,
    I can't PM you because I've not reached 50 post al least in order to PM.
    If you want you can contact me by email

    giovannitramacere(at)yahoo(dot)it
     
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  4. Tennis Man

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    Anyone remembers the exact specs for Ultra 2 St Vincent?

    Mine weighs around 360g strung and has a sticker 65-70lb in the throat.
     
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  5. retrowagen

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    Exact specs:
    Weight: Heavy
    Stiffness: Immense
    Balance: Yes
    Swingweight: Don't Let Go Of It

    Hope that helps! :)
     
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  6. Arafel

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    From Wood Tennis:

    Head Size:
    85 sq. in. / 548 sq. cm.
    Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
    Strung Weight: 13oz / 369g
    Balance: 6pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 357
    Stiffness: 71
    Beam Width: Constant Taper Beam 25 mm - 18 mm
    Composition: Braided Graphite with Boron
    Power Level: Low
    Swing Speed: Fast
    Grip Type: Leather Fairway
    String Pattern:
    16 Mains / 18 Crosses
    Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
    One Piece
    No shared holes
     
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  7. Tennis Man

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    Thank you.
     
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  8. Tennis Man

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    No wonder I couldn't handle it well before. I recently found a decent hitting partner and tried many of my racquets against him over the last couple of months with mixed results. When I got to the U2, I almost bageled the guy. :)

    The racquet is scalpel-sharp and very well balanced. I had it string with BB Alu Rough at around 50 lb and it was like a magic wand. It seems a bit smaller than 85 sq inch. I put it over my SP85 and you can tell the different. U2 is about 80 sq inch.
     
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  9. siucbasser

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    hello all -

    so instead of starting a whole new thread on the same subject racquet, id just bring this one back from the dead...

    i just found an Ultra 2 (of a 7.5/10 quality IMO) at the local goodwill, and after a quick **** search finding that these old racquets are worth a considerable amount of money, i decided to spend the little money it cost.

    now being that i am just starting out in tennis (registered for a tennis class for my last university semester to start me off in the right direction)

    i took it out to play with it yesterday, and it seemed alright, but maybe produced a little bit more power than i expected even with little power of swing.

    so would it be suggested that i
    -maybe try and sell this racquet to pay for a considerably newer racquet (if it is actually worth any considerable amount)
    -keep the racquet and learn with it
    -keep the racquet, buy a cheap starter racquet, and move into this Ultra 2 later on

    And if i decided to sell this raquet, what information can you guys tell me as to the factory origin/price i could get for such an item?
    (pictures below)

    I myself am very interested in starting off into this sport right, and appreciate any insite you all can provide.

    THANKS!

    a little about the racquet quality (all shown in pictures) -
    -only major scratches if any at all are on the top of the head/frame where it would have rubbed against the ground (but these only seem to be minor rash compared to others ive seen)
    -only one grommet among them all looks bent out (idk if thats the right word to describe it?)
    -string seems to be in very good condition with no apparent flaws
    -frame overall (besides top of head as mentioned) is without warping, scratches, dents, or marks (besides one small dent on the top right of the face as some may be able to see in the picture)
    -grip is very much intact, with only wear seeming to be discoloration of the leather from extended use of an over-grip which was on the racquet when i bought it.
    (if any more information/pictures are needed to better judge the quality/price/origin of this item, id be glad to add)

    also, i am limited to 4 pictures, so for more, click the links included at the bottom (9 total pictures)

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  10. Hannah19

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    ^^^ Sell it....should be worth some money to the right person.
    It should fetch an easy $100.00....!!
    Is it a St Vincent??
     
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  11. siucbasser

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    I'm not really sure where it was made, I hoped someone could clear this up, as the guide I've seen is unclear
     
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  12. Hannah19

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    Is there a 3 letter code on the buttcap?
    It's sometimes hard to see but if it has a "Q" in it, it's a St Vincent and therefor more valuable.
     
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  13. giokkk67

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    Actually it's not a Saint Vincent,this is a "in the middle production" ULTRA2.
    It is the last batch of ULTRA2 made in Chicago before the factory moved to W.I.

    No grip collar (like the future SV) with black cap and string tension 65-70 lbs.
    First SV had white cap and string tension 55-65 lbs,late SV 50-60 lbs,the code written on the grommet set is 22D-1229 .


    Hope it helps,

    Giovanni
     
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  14. Tennis Man

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    Thta's a very valuable piece of information. I actually didn't catch the black butt cap. My favorite version by far is St Vincent, with the white butt cap and without collar. I would always pay a premium for it.
     
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  15. giokkk67

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    The siucbasser's ULTRA2 is a rare version,a sort of "prototype" of the next ULTRA2 Saint Vincent.

    I agree with You Tennis Man,the ULTRA2 Saint Vincent is amazing,especially the latest model (the one with the "R" trademark over the frame and on the butt cap),a bit lighter (340-345g) compared to the Chicago version (349-357g),more wieldy but with the same solid feel and power.

    One of the greatest frame ever, same level of the Pro Staff Saint Vincent in my opinion.
     
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  16. Tennis Man

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    I just wish they had a bumper guard. It's so hard to keep them from scuffing on the top.
     
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  17. struggle

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    Just saw an old-timer, i'd guess 75 plus YO taking it to some young bucks with his Ultra 2 yesterday.

    Good stuff.
     
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  18. max

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    You know, it's funny, but out of the blue, I was thinking of the Ultra 2 last night. Just remembering how nice and solid it felt.
     
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  19. Avles

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    I found an Ultra 2 mid at the thrift store today. :)
     
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  20. max

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    Avles, I say this with no animus, but you, my friend, ARE a lucky *******!

    . . . what I would give to have one fall into my hands!


    ENJOY!
     
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  21. burn1986

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    I played with an Ultra 2 and the Ultra 2 OS. I dont ever remember playing well with the Ultra 2. Looking back, I think it was just too heavy for me. I would like to find one now. How cool would that be to start playing with it at the club. I would probably have it strung around 50 lbs though, maybe even 48 or 49.
     
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  22. Knife

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    Such a nice frame, lovely simple graphics. That matte black colour with the orange stripes is so beautiful and time-less. Much cooler than the Pro Staff org I played myself(Edberg-fan!) Never got to try the Ultra 2, I regret that...
     
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  23. mhkeuns

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    Loved the racquet to death... I'm getting old and just couldn't handle the weight anymore. Honestly, after playing with the Ultra 2 for a while (*previous racquet was the St. Vincent Pro Staff 85 which I loved but didn't compare in power against the Ultra 2), I had a hard time adjusting to the new racquets. They all felt flimsy. Such a solid racquet. Probably one of the best ever made. Just wish I was a good enough player to play with the stick. Loved the tennis ball crushing "THWAK" sound it made.
     
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  24. mhkeuns

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    Trying to play with the Ultra 2 again. I need help in finding the replacement grommets. Would the St. Vincent Pro Staff's gromments fit the Ultra 2?
     
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  25. onehandbh

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    I have an ultra2 with a black buttcap and a collar above the grip. which version is this?
     
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  26. mhkeuns

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    That's the Chicago version.
     
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  27. saigonbond 2.0

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    Awesome! I also loved the Ultra FPK and Ultra ceramic FPK.
     
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    I used to play with the Ultra FPK killer cosmetics anyone knows the specs?
     
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