Wilson Staff 85

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  1. WARPWOODIE

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    I acquired this racquet yesterday. It is described as being similar to the Wilson ProStaff 85 (black in color) and the Kramer Staff (red in color). The "Staff" that I got is Pewter/grey in color and is described as 100% graphite with the PWS. Would this have been the the lower end model of the three?, or between the ProStaff and Kramer Staff? I believe the Kramer Staff was 80%graphite/20% fibreglass. The coveted ProStaff has 80 graphite/20% kevlar. It is in mint condition with excellent leather grip. Your thoughts please...
     
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  2. struggle

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    Aggressor?

    Is the paint sort of metal flake looking?

    Although I was thinking they were more 80/20 or so.
     
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  3. WARPWOODIE

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    No, not marked as such. It has the stripping like the original black PS 85, but the color is pewter as best as I can describe.
     
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  4. hexagon

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    This one??

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  5. retrowagen

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    I remember seeing this racquet advertised in Japanese tennis magazines, circa 1987. It's essentially a 100% graphite frame from the PS85 mold.
     
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  6. vsbabolat

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    They sold it in Canada too.
     
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  7. struggle

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    i like how he strung it.
     
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  8. WARPWOODIE

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    Yes, that's the exact one! Thanks for the picture!

    Chicago, St. Vincent or Asia made?
     
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  9. joe sch

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    Yes, "the the lower end model of the three".

    Most all advanced players played the ps85.

    The Kramer Staff was also a great option for the players wanting more flex, I really enjoy hitting this model.

    There were quite a few diff other models produced by Wilson that had similar molds, like your staff model.
     
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  10. jorel

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    i used to have one of these...and always wondered about it//thanks for the info
     
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    Hi

    I've posted some info on these types of rqt and the rqts Wilson produced at the time from the same mould. Outline below is a precis of the posts I've made:-

    "Wilson produced a range of frame using the now familiar ProStaff mould, but with different compositions. The PS85 is 80 graphite/20 kevlar, the staff was 100%graphite, the Aggressor was 80 graphite/20 fibreglass and the Avenger was 50 graphite/50 fiberglass. As for the col of the rqts, the PS is black with red/yello stripes that stop part of the way down the side(faceside) of the frame, the staff (in the UK was grey with red/yellow stripes that run all the way down the side to the throat and back halfway up the other side, the aggressor was black with the the same stripes as the staff and the avenger was white with green & blue stripes the running the same as the staff/aggressor. These rqts were around in 1985/86.

    They were all players rqts, although the cheapest was the Avenger, then the Aggressor, then Staff and finally the PS85. I used the Staff and like it then.

    Here in the UK the prices for the 4 rqts were something like - PS85 £130; Staff £100; Aggressor £80 and Avenger £60. These were the prices around 1985-87.

    Obviously the PS85 is one of the greatest frames. The others were bad either, although It dont think the Avenger was that great. Around the clubs I played at back then, the choice of rqt was the Aggressor because i) it was cheaper than the PS85 and ii) it looked like it."

    It looks like the aggressor you have is likely to be the same as I've mentioned above only with a later paint design.

    Hope this helps.

    regards

    Paul
     
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