Using a New yet Long-shelf life racquet

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  1. sebastlim11

    sebastlim11 New User

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    I got a brand new BLX tour 90 ( fed's ex-racquet), grip still in plastic shrink wrapped and have yet go be strung. I was wondering will the racquet crack or perhaps any damages to the racquet upon stringing and using the racquet, considering that the racquet is sad of now brand new and have yet to be strung?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. v-verb

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    Should be absolutely no problem. Enjoy that stick!!
     
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  3. WhereIsMacMac

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    Nope, TW's selling NOS (new old stock) racquets too... Yours can be considered NOS too... So it probably won't crack.
     
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  4. sebastlim11

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    Thanks guys! Any recommended strings? I'm thinking of alu power or 4g.. Btw what's the different between alu power and rough, in terms of performance?
     
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  5. Dave M

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    2 years ago I bought a NOS pure drive the second generation from about 1999, it had been sitting on a shelf of a French sports shop since new, played fine with no problems, you'll be fine.
     
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  6. jonestim

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    This spring I bought an NOS Prince Graphite Pro 90 from 1986. Plays great.
     
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  7. zapvor

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    lol a tennis racket is a tennis racket......its not perishable
     
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  8. Tamiya

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    shhhh, them marketing guys beg to differ... :twisted:


    Just this week was at a proshop that told me they can't sell me old string sets
    'cos "the sealing oils evaporate and the fibers get brittle, pop on first hit"

    Even if they're last yr's stock, not even a few yrs old. :shock:


    Funny that, I'm using string that's 20-25yrs old & still goes strong. :-|
     
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  9. kimguroo

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    I like natural gut main and poly cross (MSV focus hex:I am not a string breaker).
    I don't like alu rough for cross. Alu power rough felt stiff string.
     
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  10. Readers

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    Calling a 4 year old stick NOS is........ :confused:
     
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  11. WhereIsMacMac

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    I mean TW's selling NOS (Prince Hybrid Hornet MP for instance, released 2006 correct me if I'm wrong). If TW's selling them and I haven't seen posts in here complaining about NOS racquets breaking then his brand new racquet released 4 years ago should be fine
     
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  12. sebastlim11

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    Thanks guy for your input:)

    Erm.. On a little side is a k factor tour 90 worthwhile to purchase? Is it a good stick??
     
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  13. kingcheetah

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    I'm using the Pro Staff 90(current generation of the K tour 90) right now, and I really like it, but generally if a review of my racquet is negative, it is because it doesn't quite "match up" with the K factor version... I think it's definitely worth getting your hands on because public opinion seems to be that the Ktour 90 is as good as if not the best of all the Federer models ever produced. I haven't been able to try one so I can't give you a personal opinion there.
     
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  14. zapvor

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    wow! haha thats good stuff. yea man you need to give those strings to me. they are useless!
     
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  15. stapletonj

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    hypotheticallly

    might depend if the racquets was exposed long term to extreme heat and/or cold.

    I found some old 16 ga prince syn gut in an old tennis bag from the 80s. strung it in a back up racquet. played fine and held tension fine. I think it was OK becasue the string was in a closet in my mom and dad's house, so no extreme sunlight ot temperature variants.
     
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  16. IA-SteveB

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    I'm sure they toss their 2 year old string reels right in the trash and don't sell them as new. ;)
     
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  17. Tamiya

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    shop I was at recently was bagging up old string sets to give to some
    other customer for use in his weedwacker... supposedly!

    I begged them to give or sell me some, but they refused :-|
    Thought it was too wasteful of vintage Prince & Pacific sets.


    Ironically earlier this yr I strung up a stick with weedwacker nylon :twisted:
     
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  18. zapvor

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    wow i bet they were using it for something else
     
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  19. BLX_Andy

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    Should be no problem. But be careful since it's discontinued. Since its not strung it should feel fresh with new strings.
     
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  20. Tamiya

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    no idea; just surprising as its one of the rare times when $$$ didn't talk in Asia
     
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