Victor Imperial Gut

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Autodidactic player, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. Autodidactic player

    Autodidactic player Semi-Pro

    Mar 28, 2010
    Greensboro, NC
    What ever happened to Victor Imperial Gut? I used to love that string. Back in the mid-70's I was an assistant pro at a club on Long Island and managed to get on the Davis "free list". Twice a year Davis would send me a couple of Davis Classic II rackets, Tretorn shoes, Fred Perry clothing and Victor Imperial gut strings. Based on this, I have always assumed that Davis, Fred Perry, Tretorn and Victor were the same company. I think Davis stopped making rackets in the 80's and I haven't seen anyone playing with Tretorns in many years. Did the whole company - except Fred Perry clothing which Andy Murray wore until about a year ago - go under? Just wondering! :)
  2. David123

    David123 Hall of Fame

    Jan 27, 2010
    I have never heard of it.. i am not quite sure what happened.
  3. MAX PLY

    MAX PLY Hall of Fame

    Apr 4, 2008
    Both Victor Imperial Gut and its nylon knockoff, Victor Staytite (both with a blue spiral) were marketed by T.A. Davis--also of Davis Racquet fame in the 50s, 60s and 70s. I actually have a few vintage TAD frames (a Classic and 2 Imperials) and have some old sets of VI (much too dry to attempt ot string at any reasonable tension) as part of my collection. Despite possessing those items, I really don't know what happened to them but am pretty sure they don't exist anymore. You might try checking with someone on the Classic Racquet section.
  4. decades

    decades Guest

    not sure but I know Pacific sells some gut that looks like it. It may just be the same "formula"....
  5. jnd28

    jnd28 Rookie

    Aug 27, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    If I recall they had a second line of gut as well. Cannot remember the name of it. THe imperial was the top of the line with the blue spiral and the second line was a solid color. If I recall the imperial was like a $12.00 string job and the second line gut was $9.00. This is when a new Dunlop MaxFly was 22.00.
    If memory serves me the TAD Imperial racket was a real work of art and was also pretty expensive for the time.

  6. jim e

    jim e Hall of Fame

    Aug 4, 2007
    I strung a lot of Victor Imperial back in the day. I actually remember that the cost was $10.00 a set to purchase one set to string one racquet, and I believe it came in a 34' set, and Bow Brand was the same cost as I strung a lot of that as well, and Bow Brand came in 2 - 17' sections in one package, as that was the length to string one wooden racquet.I still have one of those old Bow Brand sets from the early 70's.
  7. Steve Huff

    Steve Huff Legend

    Feb 11, 2004
    I used Victor Imperial until I couldn't get it any more. Their 2nd line was Victor Superb. I have a couple of TAD rackets too. I never used them back in the day, as they were the definition of flexible. I preferred a stiffer woody (doesn't everybody) back then. After Victor went under, I started using VS Africord and PDP Rough Gut when I could find it. I also used some Snauwaert gut and Dunlop gut. The Snauwaert gut I had was sheep gut instead of beef gut.

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