Tretorn Removable racquet

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  1. Rock Strongo

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    Got it from a flea market. Haven't played with it yet, Seems very loosely strung but it's a great novelty item! Have anyone played with this racquet before?
     
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  2. Rock Strongo

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    An interesting thing is that you have to take out the strings from the hoop to string this thing. Must be a pain to string this. It's like a Seamco. I'll also say that it's a pain to remove the string hoop from the racquet.
     
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  3. dekko1

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    That looks really cool, never seen it!
     
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    Very very cool:)
     
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    Hmmm...tried to post earlier but the TW site is acting a bit strange today.

    We had ONE Tretorn racket in the shop early on('73-4?). I don't recall that we ever sold it(it was prestrung) and it probably ended up in the shop owner's garage :) .

    I had plenty of experience stringing the Seamco. One USC(the original) player used the Ken Rosewall with 15ga Victor Imperial uncoated gut...THAT was a pain to string! MANY years later, I strung one for a tennis shop that had taken it in 'by mistake'. The shop owner couldn't believe that I could string it from memory. The pattern was actually similar to the Wilson T-2,3,4,5000 series.
     
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  6. Rock Strongo

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    Then you could probably string this since it looks very goofy to string. First, remove the string ring, then mount it, find out where the mains start, unclamp it from stringer because you clamped it down the wrong way and so on:p But stringing a Seamco with 15g uncoated nat gut out of memory, that's amazing. Do you still think you could do it?


    (not related to reply, but sepatare post) I'll hit with it tomorrow and see how it feels. It's 18x19 and looks to have been strung with.... i don't know, but review against a wall tomorrow.
     
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    The mounting for the Tretorn was probably easier on the old machines as compared to today's multi-point mounting set-ups. :)
    The key to stringing a Seamco or Hart racket for me would be getting set up and started. Maybe I could 'channel' my old self and make it through. NO 15ga gut this time, if you please! :)
     
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  8. Rock Strongo

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    Oh yes, and this time, make it a spaghetti job!:twisted:
     
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  9. rodracquet

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    Well if you found one of these at the flea market for a dollar it could be one of the most valuable racquets you have because there are many collectors who just dream of finding one. They are rare as hens teeth and will go for good money on fboy if correctly listed.

    A great find.....Rod http://www.tennishistory.com.au

    Where you will see a blue aluminium version.
     
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  10. Rock Strongo

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    Wow... If i knew about that i'd buy the other one aswell...
     
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    Almost exactly a year later, I've got hold of 2 more! (the one in the OP is sold since well ago) As soon as I get home again I'll construct a little instructable on changing the string beds!

    Here's the HowTo guide!

    Start with racquet and separate string bed
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    Slide grip up along the racquet
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    Remove butt cap screw and pull off the grip from the racquet (featuring a cameo from my toe!)
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    Unscrew yoke screw and pop out string bed
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  12. Rock Strongo

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    Take new string bed and pop it in, preferrably in a properly lighted room as it can be fiddly
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    screw yoke screw in place, this requires that you push the yoke inwards
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    Add butt cap and grip, and you're ready to hit the court! And yes, that to the left is an N64 and the other thing is my foot (again)
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  13. rodracquet

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    Very nice that you can find these.....well done as this looks a very nice example....
     
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  14. Steve Huff

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    The 1st one looks like it still has a set of Victor Imperial Natural Gut in it. Neat racket too. I am so envious.
     
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    Back then I don't think I've ever heard of Victor Imperial. Maybe I should've known before I sold it...
     
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