Where have all the Heavies gone?

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  1. VGP

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    I just bought a Wilson Stan Smith Autograph. I strung it up fresh and put an overgrip on it. It weighs 14.5 ounces and it's almost at even balance.

    It swings so nice. Previously, my other favorite wooden racket is a Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph that's 14.1 ounces, but that frame is a little more headlight.

    Not that I'm actively looking for wooden rackets, just when I happen upon them. I've noticed that the frames that are sold on e-bay or ones that have survived in good condition are mostly "Light" frames.

    I'm assuming that those frames survived because light weight and wooden rackets don't mix.

    My experience is that perhaps Heavy frames are harder to find because they were actually used and haven't survived over the years.....or is it that 14+ ounce frames weren't made and bought in (relatively) large numbers?
     
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    Back "in the day", the only weight besides SL or L that I remember was M(edium). I bought a couple of Dunlop Forts that were M's. I was trying to Laver-ize my left arm. Sadly, it didn't work.... :(
     
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    Ah, the Laver "Popeye" left forearm.... :)

    Funny thing is if I had to pinpoint a frame that got me into collecting was a Dunlop Maxply Fort that I found at a thrift store. It's never strung, but sadly being abused at the store as "junk" marred the leather grip and it's lost one of the cosmetic bands at the 3 o'clock position. That frame is a Heavy. Sucks that the Heavy label was slightly damaged too.

    Right now, when I come across woodies I pretty much pass on the Lights (unless they're in pristine condition and are a model that I like). From what you've described, Heavies are fewer kinda like 4 1/4 gripsizes.

    The Stan Smith Auto was a little beat. It lost a few of those cosmetic bands that are on similar Wilson frames. Since it's not in collector shape, I took off the rest of them and strung it up for play. I like the triangular inlays. It reminds me of classic billiard cue sticks. Similar to the frames pictured with Arthur Ashe here:

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    Checked joe sch's site for a good photo of the SS Auto:

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    yep, I have a brand new Slazenger Challenge 1 that's never been strung. It's a 4 5/8 Medium
     
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    I had a chance to pack one of these up for 3 dollars but passed it up. I was such a fool.
     
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