What is this Donnay?

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  1. Standupnfall

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    Can't find any info on this. I admit I am new to classics like this but maybe someone can tell me about it.
    Does it have any value? The grip is awesome, one of the best I have ever felt.
    Has orig cover and is in 8.5/10
    If it doesn't have value over $20 I am probably using the grip for something else
    Thanks

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    looks t be in great condition, I have never heard of this racket, but i would assume it is worth more than 20
     
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  4. ericsson

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    It's a 4th generation Donnay Graphite/wood from 1982 and contains graphite, fiberglass and vulcanized fiber for speed and strenght, great stick and worth a lot more then 20 bucks in new condition.
     
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  5. Figjam

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    well FWIW I kinda want it, I'm looking for a cheap wood graphite racket.
    lemme know
     
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  7. joe sch

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    Please dont trash it and reharvest the grip. There are lots of players and collectors on this board that would love to own it including myself. I will trade you atleast 2 new leather grips for that relic from the transitional era where wood was getting replaced by graphite.
     
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  8. Figjam

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    you want leather grips? I have a NEW leather grip from Priority One, id easily trade for it.
     
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  9. struggle

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    can someone translate that graph/code on the throat? trying to figure it out, but it seems to have me defeated.

    and wasn't there a similar racket with a yellow/orange scheme, instead of the blue/green?
     
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  10. retrowagen

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    It's a diagram showing the lamination of the frame; of the cross section of the frame: what it's made of and where the material sits in the "sandwich" that is its lay-up (or lamination). Donnay was unique in the late 70's/early 80's with this detail (which today is kinda interesting to tech-heads like myself).

    The black/orange frame that you were thinking of - from the same era and with similar graphics - was likely the Borg Allwood.
     
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  11. vsbabolat

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    Or it could be the Fiber/wood. That whole Graphite/Wood, Fiber/wood line was superseded by the Pro line. With the Borg Pro, Graphite Pro, Fiber Pro, and Flex Pro.
     
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  12. vsbabolat

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    I think it is older than 1982 because it has a white butt-cap with a red "D". I started to use Donnay in 1981 and mine had the black butt-cap with a white "D".
    http://80s-tennis.com/pages/donnay-1979.html
     
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  13. joe sch

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    Thanks retro ... it is very cool that Donnay codes the layup or laminations so:

    4 5
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    1 4 1

    1 vulcanized fiber
    2 beech wood
    3 ash wood
    4 glassfiber
    4 carbon fiber

    show 8 lamination layers for shaft with layup: 123343331
    is the hoop the 45 or 141 row ? What is the other row ?
     
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  14. Standupnfall

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    Going up for sale in the classifieds. Email if interested

    Im pretty sure it is the middle one in the 1979 pic, same head cover too.
    If it was from my birthyear of 1978 I would probably have kept it

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  15. jimbo333

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    I should think the 4/5 is the "face" layer of the shaft and hoop. i.e if you lay the racquet flat, the 4/5 layer is the top surface of the racquet you can see (and obviously the same layer underneath on the other side of the racquet as well).

    If that makes sense?
     
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  16. ericsson

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    Yes i know, i was more referring to the Donnay catalogue here in Belgium (sorry for the confusion), there it was listed in 1982...
    Donnay used the 4th gen logo from 1977-1985 together with the Donnay ®
     
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    It's my good luck that you weren't born a year later then. This will make a very welcome addition to my Donnay collection. :)
     
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    I have a Donnay racquet with a black buttcap with a Gold "D", anyone know anything about that one?
     
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    What is the model called?
     
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    That would give it away wouldn't it:-?
     
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    Here are some of my Donnays from that era. I think they're among the prettiest racquets ever.

    Jimbo, is there only one Donnay with a black buttcap and a gold D? Is there a prize for the right answer?


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    Can't see your photo:(

    As far as I'm aware there is only one Donnay with black buttcap and a Gold "D", and now yes there is a prize for the right answer:)
     
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  23. ericsson

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    Hmm tricky one, only one i can think of right now is the Bjorn Borg Golden Team, it's a black with golden but it is not a D-cap.
    Maybe the Donnay Boron or the Donnay 3-set Gold?
     
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  24. jimbo333

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    Nope, it's none of those:shock:

    It is a normal black buttcap with the "D" in Gold instead of white:)
     
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    Hmmm interesting, the search continues... :)
     
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    From the Ultimate Series?
     
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  27. ericsson

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    My Ultimates don't have a golden D...
     
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    The truth is that I'm not sure what it is myself yet:shock:

    I can see it in the corner of my spare room on a shelf, but there are a couple of hundred racquets in the way for me to get to it, really annoying!

    But will definitely get to it at the weekend, who knows what else I may find:)
     
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  29. jimbo333

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    ^^^^It was a nice "Satellite Senior" standard headed metal racquet made in Taiwan by the way, as I got to it in the end:)
     
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