What fischer am i thinking of?

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  1. Rorsach

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    Fischer Twin-Tec (prev what Fischer am i thinking of?)

    I can clearly remember an old fischer (after the superform years) that existed of 2 halves (length-wise), seperated by some yellow dampening material.

    Can anyone remember it and have pics of it? Please tell me i'm not going crazy.
     
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  2. retrowagen

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    That's the original TwinTec of circa 1990. Fabulous performance racquet.
     
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    I found a photo of the Twin Tec Pro.
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  4. Rorsach

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    That's the only pic i could find online, from some Serbian auction site.
    Surely there's someone here who can take a more pics?
     
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    The blue/purplish version is the earliest one. The best-looking version has marbled cosmetics that look stunning. Some came with the Karl-Uwe Steeb signature on the throat. Tapered beam similar to the Elliptic series, but in a stiffer, grommetless design, and with a built-in bumper that wasn't very durable.
     
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  6. Rorsach

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    What version is this?

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  7. vsbabolat

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    ^^^
    That looks like the marbled cosmetics of the TwinTec Pro.
     
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  8. retrowagen

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    Yes, 1991 version.
     
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  9. Rorsach

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    Phew, guessed right then. I'll take some more pics when it arrives.
     
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    Here's a couple of pics from my newest acquisition. The bumperguard is completely molded into the racquet as you can see on the first pic, it's not added later with the grommets (which it doesn't need of course).

    All measurements taken with the strung racquet, a basegrip and the overgrip.

    Weight: 341 grams
    Balance (from tip to bottom of buttcap): 68 cm
    Balance: 31.6 cm (7.5 points HL if my maths is correct)
    Swingweight (measured with iPhone app): 307 (strangely low, but i double checked AND checked the app with different racquets)

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  11. classic tennis

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    This racquet is the VT Twin Tec not to be confused with the white and black VT Twin Tec Pro, the yellow core material is Vestoran and was sandwiched between the two halves. The material was (is ) used on Fischer alpine skis.
    There was also a VT twin Tec Mid that only 500 pcs were imported in to the US.
     
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    Managed to track down another version of this, feels like the same weight and balance, but it's metallic darkgrey instead of that marbled brown/grey:
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    Anyone know how many different version of this there are? I know of the blue (posted at the beginning of this thread) and the 2 i have. Any more cosmetics?
     
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    Managed to get my hands on another Fischer Twin Tec (thanks for this one Hans), but this time it´s the Twin Tec Mid Pro, different headsize, heavier weight and different color scheme:

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    On top of a normal Twin Tec:
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    Twin Tec sandwich:
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    Too bad it´s brand new. I´d love to string it up for a hit.
     
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  14. Steve Huff

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    This couldn't be where Prince got the idea for their More series could it?
     
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    That´s why i started this thread. I had bought a More Game in the thrift store for a buck and immediately thought of this Fischer series.
     
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    are all Twin Tecs created equal?

    i've only recently developed an affinity for older Fischers and would love to try a Twin Tec.
    by definition, do all Twin Tecs have the sandwich design, or are there some (newer versions?) that don't? is there a model to avoid?
    thanks in advance
     
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    All older Twin Tec's, like those in my photo's, have that sandwich design. There's also a newer line that uses the name Twin Tec,but this is a different "technology", it has "a twin tube construction in the shaft that prevents vibrations reaching the grip area and offers maximum arm protection".
     
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    Managed to find another Fischer Twin-Tec racquet, this time the purple Fischer Twin Tec Pro:

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    And together with it's family:

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    Anyone know of other versions of the classic Fischer Twin Tec?
     
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    I've been hitting with the Twin Tec for a few weeks now, and yes the swingweight is indeed very very low. It swings lighter than any racket I've ever hit with, in that players racket weight class, which it belongs to. The one I have is the exact same paintjob that Rorsarch conducted his spec measurements on.

    I have noticed that the racket is on the stiff side. Feels a bit like what I imagined an 80's tweener to feel like. Plays similiar to the Fischer Elliptic, maybe slightly less feel and a bit stiffer and lighter swinging. But I think these 2 rackets come from the same mould. I could definitely interchange them in a match and not worry too much.
     
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    The Fischer Elliptic is from a totally different mould - different cross section, slightly different head shape (though same drill pattern and roughly same hitting area), and different internal composition (the original Twin Tec frames had Vestoran cores and bumper surfaces; the Elliptics had hollow cores and conventional plastic bumpers and grommets). Both moulds did feature a tapering beam where the top of the hoop is the narrowest part of the racquet, constantly widening to just above the grip.

    (I play with both of these Fischer model lines regularly, and can report that the flavor of each is quite a bit different - The Twin Tecs play much stiffer, and almost seem like a Yamaha Secret 04, only better!)
     
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    Yes I knew about the Vestoran in the TwinTec, but the taper is very similiar in Elliptic and TwinTec in the way it goes the opposite way to the VT98. But you are right, the Elliptic looks to have a wider beam just above the grip! I'll examine them more closely to check other differences that you have pointed out.

    I was a bit concerned about the strings touching the frame in some places with the grommetless design on the TwinTec. Do you find you have a problem with string longevity on the TwinTec, Retrowagen?

    And what would you estimate the stiffness ratings on the TwinTec and various Elliptic compositions? I'm guessing the TwinTec is about a 70, and my graphite Elliptic about 66. Havent had a chance to hit with my other Elliptics yet.
     
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    Wow thats interesting. Rorsach sold you all his TwinTecs, and after he started this thread with such admiration for this frame. And he didnt even tell us! I was hoping we would get another update from him at some stage.
     
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    Well I think I have to disappoint you because he kind a quit collecting tennis rackets and sold, what ever was left of his entire collection to me.
    In all about 90 rackets. Turned out that old arcade game consoles and other interests had more priority.
    But, hey, he just may reconsider and pick up collecting rackets again in the future. It's so easy to get collectable rackets in the Netherlands in thrift stores for peanuts so it will be hard to let an opportunity go by once he sees a hidden treasure staring him in the face :)
     
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    Wow you guys are so lucky over there in Holland with all these crazy thrift bargains floating around. I imagine you might come across old TwinTecs and the like on a regular basis!
     
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    I just picked up a rare Charly Steeb Fischer Twin Tec, as new, awaiting its arrival, and will post pics when i get it, cant wait. Just love Fischer racquets...! :)
     
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  27. Hannah19

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    Well, actually the region where Rorsach lives has a very "target rich environment" when it comes to tennis rackets in thrift stores. In my area the supply of real treasures is limited but once every now and then things pop up.
    The Dutch version of the USA's Craig's list (marktplaats.nl) has better offers.
    Via this site I bought 80 n.o.s. woodies and composites including a MAX 150G and GTX PRO, not to mention a mint Lacoste LT 301 all black Equijet.
    Holland was a proving ground for many racket manufacturer since the Rotterdam Harbour was the Gateway to Europe.
    I've found rackets from lesser known brands such as Fin, Stellar, Emrik, Fuchs, Erbacher, Oliver, Aday, Hanil and W. Bungert in Dutch thrift stores laying next to Wilson's, Dunlop's and Puma's.
     
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