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Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Dave M, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. NolemurraY

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    No problem Baloo, yes I'm pretty sure that is him, I can't garuntee you it's legit, but I have talked with Josh before and he seems like a nice guy that wouldn't sell a fellow UK TT RH a fake racket. You would have to e-mail him yourself so you can be confident it is legit but in my opinion I can't see why it wouldn't be....
     
  2. Baloo

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    Thanks NM, not asking for any guarantees (we're all big boys after all) just a bit paranoid at the mo. Not suggesting anything either BTW.

    Have sent Josh a mail, thanks for the heads up :)
     
  3. NolemurraY

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    No probs Baloo, saw your post and remembered that I saw one for sale on the FB page at a great price, thought with your luck (bad luck?) I would let you know. Hope everything goes well and you enjoy the racket. :D
     
  4. JoshyS

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    Thanks for the vote of confidence NolemurraY, its much appreciated. Baloo, you got mail.
     
  5. Baloo

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    can you believe.....I'm Irish!

    Guess I used it all when I was younger:twisted:
     
  6. origmarm

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    Sounds sweet, I wonder if it's anything like the AeroStorm i.e. storm beam, aero throat. Any chance of a pic?
     
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    Hope that shows up as Im not too hot on pics:oops:, which is why I took one off a web page rather than the actual racket. Note the thinner beam than the aeropro drive
     
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  8. esm

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    guys,

    FYI - received an email from TW Europe that they have extra 20% off during their sales... i think there are still 6 days to go.

    happy shopping.


    (i hope this is okay to post)
     
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  9. origmarm

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    Thanks man, thinking about that I could just have googled for a pic...doh!

    Looks like that later became the Aero Storm along with the demise of the rest of the control series. Pity as looks nice.

    Orig
     
  10. Ross K

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    Hey Nick,

    Yes, though I never hit with one myself, from the time I used to run the Babolat Alliance thread and would get a massive amount of feedback on all the Bab frames, I'm afraid I recall the APC as being singularly unloved... supposedly very hefty and also very powerful, it was meant to be something of a 'bludgeon club', I do believe... as mentioned, I think the APC was indeed quickly taken out of circulation and was remade into the Aerostorm series... hmm, I wonder if any pro's ever used it?...

    Any chance this, or any other frame, could seriously challenge the V02 TF 320 as your primary frame?


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  11. nickynu

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    Well as its virtually impossible to find Im not going to let the thought of it replacing my Beloved Babies even enter my head but I have to say it has the most instant WOW factor of any recent frame Ive tried.

    I would say that the APControl is powerful as you state but also has the extra heft that the APDrive lacks and therefore doesnt have quite the same tinny hollow feel. I found it much more user friendly than the APD all round and I would have to live with it for a while to really decide. But hey a powerful controlable frame with heft thats the holy grail right >>>> ?

    Maybe you could ask for a reappraisal from the Bab alliance .... Its time.

    God I love my Vo2 320 T-fights tho and they love me right back. MONOGAMY!!
     
  12. Aggro

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    Well after reading many topics about stringing tension i have decided to try dropping my crosses tension by 2lbs in relation to the mains tension.

    I've got a match tomorrow so will give it a try in the warm up tomorrow and coaching today.

    Been watching the Paris Masters - Federer, Monfils and Murray seem to be playing ok - nothing stands out though.
     
  13. forthegame

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    Donnay Pro One..

    I'm hoping to pick up one of these. What can I expect from it? Heard a lot of good things but no real specifics. Is it good on the elbow? Low or Moderate power? Good for serves? Swings light or heavy?

    Thought I had cured myself of the racquetaholicism but hey, what can I say? At least I've been faithful to my Magnetic Tour UL and I'm about to offload 2 others!
     
  14. Ross K

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    This is like me earlier today...

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    First session in bloody ages... not a pretty sight.

    Where at least I was reasonably fast before, today I seemed to have all the dynamism and fluid movement of a sciatic sloth who's imbibed a bottle of Glenfiddich.:)

    I was not assisted by a dodgy knee (it's been a few months now - am presently considering using some kind of support... any thoughts from UKRHs on this most welcome...)

    The still discernible remnants of jet lag also didn't help.

    And let's not forget our glorious UK weather conditions - conditions that so don't suit tennis - today it was rain-sodden and extremely blustery (I played most of the 1st set wearing a scarf :roll: .)

    Anyhow, I did my racketaholic thing and sampled 3 frames (well, 2 really - YTPP and APD)... having lost the 1st set in quite an embarrassingly poor fashion, I actually won the 2nd set quite easily.

    But I'm not fooling myself... on this showing, my granny would beat me (and she passed away fifteen years ago.)


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  15. Meaghan

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    Hey boys how's things.......been using the bast core 95 and its amazing so the superlongs are sadly offski to market.
     
  16. forthegame

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    How 'bout a review?
     
  17. Xenakis

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    CrossCourt, you still using the BLX95 18x20?

    I've got a couple and have been using them for a while now. The frame doesn't seem to really excel at anything but I find it good all round, and comfy too even with full poly. I've tried out a few things since and picked up a few old frames but nothing compares to it.

    Not a racquetaholic for the time being then, would like to try a Bast Core though even though I can't stomach the paintjob (not wild about the BLX either and I think the Wilson logo is ugly, looks downmarket and 1970s, like Holiday Inn).
     
  18. Meaghan

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    Anyone going to the masters finals at the o2? Im going Monday so let me know if you are about.
    Will post a review soon just having a look at the 100 and Will review that too. As for the cosmetic the green is not so bad and i like the chrome but just wished they'd kept it simple.
     
  19. Dave M

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    It's funny, looking at the 20, I found myself thinking i'd of rather had plain red or black, once i got pat that i did like the colours.
     
  20. origmarm

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    Sounds promising! Beware the honeymoon though!
     
  21. crosscourt

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    I am using it. The standout for me is the volleying and the all round solidity. But I feel that it may be hurting my shoulder. How have you found the comfort?

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  22. PureAlph4

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    Esteemed racquetaholics, I was hoping that I might be able to receive some guidance from you.

    Due to the exorbitant cost of restrings (have been paying £20 for PSGD, every fortnight outside of winter and monthly otherwise; briefly used poly but felt dead and eventually hurt my arm) and a desire to test out configurations, I've finally decided to invest in a restringing machine. I should think I wouldn't exceed 25 restrings a year.

    For a first machine I want to buy a budget unit, and based on the limited range available in the UK almost by default seem to have gravitated towards the Pro's Pro Challenger 1 drop weight. Is this my best option around the £200 mark (Watkins, the naturalists :)) or should I stay clear based upon some questioning the quality of Pro's Pro machines?

    Also, is it advisable for an absolute novice to buy a reel of the very cheapest syn gut string at the outset in anticipation of substandard jobs that need to be cut out?

    Any advice hugely appreciated.
     
  23. Xenakis

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    I'm finding it good in that regard. No twinges or anything, compared to other racquets I've used (like the RDS001MP) it's fine (the RDS does my shoulder in almost just looking at it).

    I use full poly at about 45lbs and no problems so far at all and I play at least three times a week (and I frame the ball a fair bit, unfortunately :)

    I've got a Pro's Pro, can't remember if it's the challenger 1 or 2 but it's the one with the ratchet dropweight (which is worth getting I think).

    I've had it over 6 months I think and for the money it's been good. Problems with it so far were the clamps, one threaded but W&D sent a new one with a better thread. Also after a while the turntable becomes loose and you have to tighten it back up again, which you need a socket wrench for (doesn't come with it, think it's 17mm, can check if you like). Also some of the cosmetic elements aren't great like the metal caps on the top of the clamp arms (which come off). Has no effect on the machine though.

    I bought a tension meter and it seems to pull consistently as it should do (make sure it's on a flat surface). Also a starting clamp is a worthwhile investment for pulling the string when tieing off and in case you need to bridge a string if you come up a bit short at the end of your mains/crosses etc.

    I've used it a lot so far, somewhere between 2 and 10 jobs a week. It's got a three year guarantee and it seems fairly maintainable so I reckon it's a good investment.

    Think Meaghan has one too (but with the crank instead of the dropweight I think). He may add some comments.
     
  24. Xenakis

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    Oh and yes buy some cheap string to practice with at first. You should be able to get a decent string job after a couple of gos though. Probably on your first one infact, it just might take a while (think my first job took at least 2 hours). But you ought to be prepared to make a total balls up of it so using top of the line string is not a good idea.
     
  25. forthegame

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    ^^
    X, just what did you do to Nalbandian in your avatar? His fist seems soooooo small and it's always bugged me!
     
  26. Xenakis

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    I surgically reduced his fist and made his ears more elf like. I just need to get rid of that annoying bit of white on the right hand side, can't really be arsed though :)
     
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    Ha ha! :):)
     
  28. Ross K

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    RHs,

    Hmmm... no polar bears pictures for a while gents?

    What's happening? Are we all going tee-total around here?:shock:

    Mozzer, no parties where you dress as a woman?...

    Meags, not supping the old Rioja with your old vigour?...

    Jimbo?... (where for art thou, Jimbo?)... the original polar bear king!... no tales of stinking hang-overs and late-night sessions?...

    Well, in a few weeks time and as the X-mas band-wagon starts rolling, I predict a sudden spate of polar bear pics flooding this thread.

    I'm off for a nightcap... a fine single malt... yummy... it wouldn't go a-miss during change-overs actually :) ...


    R.
     
  29. mozzer

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  30. Ross K

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    Ibiza raves and a birthday coming up?.... a group of 15 to be polar beared for a week?... mozzer, I should never have under-estimated you!

    BTW, here's one of me and a mate from our own raving days... as can be seen from friend's dead-eyed expression, I'm afraid we were both polared up to the eye-balls! :roll:

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  31. Aggro

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    For £200 there isn't really much options out there. Now stretch that to £300 and the list grows quite substantially. I would love to voice an opinion on drop weights and pro's pro but ive never used a drop weight and the pros pro i owned for 6 years was a customised one - majority of the fixtures and fittings had been changed to more heavy duty models.

    I noticed you said you paying £20 each time for Prince Dura - why no just buy a reel and then supply your own string and pay a stringing cost. This should brging the cost per racket down to around £13/£14.

    Aside from the Challenger you have the centring 001 at £249.99 and also since i just bought a tyger machine the TYGER StringEco-45 for £239.99.

    With the tyger machine you get 5 year warranty on parts and 1 year on clamps. and all round solid build quality.

    Enjoy the hunt for one :)
     
  32. crosscourt

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    I have just spent a long weekend in Edinburgh for my father in law's birthday -- one of those milestones. When I recover fully my powers of sight I will look for an appropriate polar bear picture.

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  33. PureAlph4

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    Thanks X and Aggro. Very helpful.

    I'm going to do some further research into the Tyger String-Eco 45 this evening to see how it stacks up against the Pro's Pro Challenger I. Then I'll order the chosen machine with a starter clamp and a reel of cheap syn gut.

    As for the suggestion to buy a reel of PSGD and just pay the stringer labour, I'd rather just have control of the whole process myself as the stringer I currently use (only stringer at my club) always seems to be messing about. Unless I prompt him for the regular price I pay, he's always quoting a different price, claiming it's £22 or £23 or £24 and I have no further patience for his bs (I was paying him £16 6 months ago)! :evil:

    I can smell freedom.
     
  34. Xenakis

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    I do PSGD for £10 all in btw (got a s/h reel off Orig cheap :)

    £10 for Pro's Pro blackout too (decent poly, the string I use at the moment).

    The other stringer at my club is a bit more expensive than me, still cheaper than the local shop though (e.g. think he does RIP control for £14, compared to £21 at the shop).

    Shouldn't be paying more than £15 all in for a syn gut imo.
     
  35. Ross K

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    Ha, ha :) .... God, they are mad drinkers up there eh?!... get to sample some single malts, by any chance?... "a wee drammie of Speyside or something?"... (He says doing a ridiculous Scottish meets Hindustani accent :roll: ) ... anyhow, all this boozy banter is putting me in the mood for 'a little livenor', as they say... yeeeeees...


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  36. mozzer

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    Ross, im starting to believe you actually are a polar bear, the pics you find are awesome :D

    And come on, it was either go out in my rubbish local town or get a job for an amazingly epic week of drinking? I think i made the right deicision hehe
     
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    Depends where you live though. Where i am your looking at around £18+ for a synthetic gut job. Some places do it for £22.
     
  38. Xenakis

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    Is that shop price or club stringer price?
     
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    Thats the price from about 6 clubs around 2 countys that i play in - all club stringers. David Lloyd charge £25 for Duraflex!!! £30 for Big Banger!!

    Its just quite expensive down here - but awesome for me cos i can charge the same price or £1 cheaper :)
     
  40. Xenakis

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    Wow. £25 for PSGD!

    It's not that grim up north then (well, the midlands at least).
     
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    I can tell you what I drank for the first few hours on Friday -- Champagne, Pinot Grigio, Chassagne Montrachet, Cheval Blanc, and then Tokay (we are all wine lovers) -- but after that it is all a bit of a mystery. I do recall a couple of pints of Deuchars (sp?) later on standing outside the Oxford bar on a very cold night smoking a robusto. Good job it was only three days of excess...

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  42. Ross K

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    Simon, what an outstanding list! :)


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  43. crosscourt

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    At my age the quantity has to be matched to the quality. Othewise it just doesn't work.

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  44. Dave M

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    My local club charge £35 for pro huricane (not tour-thats more) thats one of the cheaper options for a poly!
     
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    Thought I was cured!

    As the title says.

    Gone and done it again.

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    Dave, confused by all the variations of the Pro One. I don't think this is the TW re-issue. Can you tell me exactly which it is? Thanks.

    Gonna hit this afternoon and see. Pity I have no hitting partner, will look rather sad hitting serves all by my lonesome but who cares!

    Have to e-bay a few raqs now....
     
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    Utterly bonkers.
     
  48. mozzer

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    So just payed the deposits for our holiday, 20 of us going. Gonna be one epic week... :D
     
  49. Ross K

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    mozzer,

    Man, I'm jealous. I love Ibiza and know it very well (I actually lived there for a year when I was kid, and my dad virtually lives there now.) Despite its rep, the island still has a certain Spanish vibe and charm to it - as is evidenced from the huge number of Spanish who actually go there. The beaches are awesome. There are some lovely, really special towns like S. Eulalia and, especially, Ibiza Town (S. Antonio I usually avoid, though my dad always insists on taking us there just to gawp and wonder at the Brits there who can be spotted in the streets either vomiting, fornicating, getting paralytically drunk, or partaking of all three activities at once. :roll:) And of course, yes, the night-life and clubbing is world famous.

    When you there moz? Time to pack your dummies and luminous clothing?:)

    BTW, I'd book the week off work/college/whatever for after you get back!


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  50. Dave M

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    More so when you consider the people in the sports shop have no real training.
     

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