User adjustable length rackets

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  1. Autodidactic player

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    I have three rackets which have user adjustable length. These are pictured below. From left to right: Vollmer Parabolic Magnum, R a y c o Ruler and Puma Boris Becker Super. I know that there were several other variations of the Puma/Becker racket that were length adjustable but what other rackets have this feature?

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  2. dje31

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    Goodness gracious on the ***** Ruler. Compensate much?
     
  3. dje31

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    R_A_Y_C_O is a banned word / brand / name? Scandalous!
     
  4. vintagefan

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    Puma BB Winner
     
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    Is the length illegal?
     
  6. Autodidactic player

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    The maximum legal length is 29 inches. I suppose if you wanted to play in a sanctioned tournament with this racket you could set the size to 29 inches or less and you'd be legal. Of course, the racket is an absolute POS (although very collectable) so good luck with that! :)
     
  7. struggle

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    what's the deal with the dampener on the Vollmer?

    Is the string (center mains) threaded through an O-dampener?
     
  8. Autodidactic player

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    Yes! That's the way I bought it. The dampener looks like one of the Sampras "O ring" style dampeners that the stringer put the two center mains through. I have no idea if other Vollmer racket stringers installed the dampener the same way; this is the only Vollmer I own and they don't come up for sale very often.
     
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    Another great thread, the more photos of rackets the better, and that middle racket is hilarious:)
     
  10. rodracquet

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    My Adjustable length is the Inventor Adam Gunther's own brand. ADAM PRO with the PCS system he created for PUMA.

    So it looks very similar to some listed above.

    Played with a couple for a season and they were quite a nice well weighted racquet even by today's standards.

    Today thumping around with a VORTEX (boutique USA maker)

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  11. Rorsach

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    I had a Puma racquet that looked exactly like that Volmer, down to the little window on top of the handle. Some kind of Puma Davis Cup iirc.

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    Found something like it, only it was the handle with the little window on the handle, but with the graphics of the top one:

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  12. rodracquet

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    Love the R___co. A guy from the US contacted me a few years back and said the brand was sold through the likes of KMART. It was also noted that the build quality was questionable to the point where a smash may indeed see the head of your racquet embedded in your opponents as the holding screws give way........

    Also nice to see the PUMA PCS window models which indeed look like the ADAM PRO design. I can't see the butt cap but in the Adam model he uses a hexagonal knob not a screw like the Becker Model.
     
  13. Autodidactic player

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    The build quality of the R A Y C O is indeed questionable. The only thing that holds the grip section and the head section together is that small screw shown in the plastic bag attached to the strings. There is not even a nut for the screw. You simply set length and then push the screw into a small hole on the side of the racket to the grip section it in place. Product liability lawyers would have a field-day with this racket design! I've never hit with this racket but I definately wouldn't feel comfortable playing doubles with it - unless, of course, I didn't like my partner!
     
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    Maybe that is why the name is banned. Outstanding legal issues.
     

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