What did people used back in the 80s?

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  1. mctennis

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    Oh, I was talking about Leonia strings. I guess it isn't the same string. Thanks for pointing that out.
     
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  2. mctennis

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    I remember using uncoated gut during the late 70's and 80's. I miss those strings. Thanks for the flashback Rabbit.
     
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  3. Yaz

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    I also used mainly Leoina 66 in the 80s, but my Dad occasionally splurged for that gut with the blue spiral. I have a friend that still uses L66 and he loves it.
     
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  4. NLBwell

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    Was it Victor Imperial gut?
     
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  5. BreakPoint

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    Probably. Wasn't that the gut with the blue spiral?
     
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  6. NLBwell

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    I think so, but not 100% sure.
     
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  7. Lakers4Life

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    Victor Imperial gut came in a tin can. I actually have a can, I got with a machine.

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  8. dunlop_fort_knox

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    blue star was the popular synthetic at the time. the most popular guts were Victor Imperial and also a cheaper Natural gut? Leonia 66 was the bomb!
     
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  9. Lakers4Life

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    I think I still have a Wilson JKPS with Leona 66 on it.
     
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  10. THESEXPISTOL

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    Which gauges where the most popular on nylons back then? 1.35 and 1.40?
     
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  11. pvw_tf

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    There is a (big) difference between the States and Europe. In europe at that time and most likely still, were using thicker strings. Red clay just breaks strings a lot faster. So 16 was luxury, 17 almost never.

    Take a look at Tecnifibre, in the states you cannot buy TGV 1.25, 1.3, 1.35 or 1.4. Compare europe web order shops with the states ones and you will see different strings and gauges.

    At that time (prince) syntetic gut 17 & 16 (1.3) was used a lot in the states but I did mostly did string with 1.35 and up for amateur to close to pro level.

    Peter
     
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  13. Steve Huff

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    I used Victor Imperial, than VS Africord gut. I started hybridding in around 88-90 to save money. I used Leoina 66 and 77 (the 16g version) some of the time. I tried poly back in the mid 80s also--Leoina Poly X and Poly 7. They were a little stiff and they squeaked when you moved them. They stayed straight though. Some others I used were Toa Gold, Prince Synthetic, Babolat Fine Play, Vantage (70s), ***** nylon (black), PDP gut, Dunlop Gut, American Eagle Gut and a few Gamma strings. Despite what many believe, there has never been a shortage of choices.
     
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