Your favorite classic HEAD Racket.

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  1. Doubles

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    I'm looking to pick up a classic head racket within the next month. It will more than likely some iteration of the Prestige, but I wanted to ask you classic racket experts: what's your favorite classic HEAD racket?
     
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  2. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Prestige Classic 600 and i.Prestige Mid.

    Yeah that's right people, I'm calling the i.Prestige Mid a classic.
     
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    Which do you prefer between the two?
     
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  4. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    PC600, I actually moved from the i.Prestige Mid to the PC600.
     
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  5. jkm07

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    +1 on the PC600, but the i.Prestige comes in at a close second.
     
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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    PC600 = Luke warm butter ready to be spread on your toast

    i.Prestige Mid = Refrigerated butter, but still butter damn it.
     
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  7. Ross K

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    PT630... the daddy.
     
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  8. Orion3

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    +1 PT630. Also Original Radical Bumblebee - slightly stiffer version of PT630.
     
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    Only one: HEAD Graphite Pro (black paint)
    or Pro Special Edition (brown paint)

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    Superb feel and touch, only a little heavy ;)
     
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  10. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I just love old-school designs. So simple but elegant.

    Unlike today's designs, where every single racquet is painted to look like some country's flags.
     
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  11. Hannah19

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    I like the TT Radical Tour MP (Zebra).
     
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    1. Vilas
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    3. Prestige Pro - 1987 .......couldn't even get them in the states - I remember getting them in France and in Canada.
     
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  13. vsbabolat

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    The Prestige Pro in 1987 was sold as the TXP in the States. Same racquets just differert paint job and names.
     
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    I'd opt for the TXE.
     
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    But the dark red/brown semi see thru finish of the pRestige Pro was sooooo cool.
     
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  16. gavna

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    but I just loved the classer darkish brown semi transparent look of the European version.....
     
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    The PC600 is tinny and harsh feeling compared to the Elite Pro, which is my all-time favorite and from almost the same mold as the thinbeam Prestige. :)

    Gotta start with a Graphite Edge. Really lovable racquet. Cheap to find, too.

    Then find a Graphite Pro - one of the original black ones, or a later turquoise metallic one (though those tend to have the classic Head malady, BGS (Brittle Grommet Syndrome). Everyone thinks that "CAP'ing" a Graphite Pro is brilliant, but I think the extra weight of the full-bumper grommet detracts from the manoeuverability and overall playability of the Graphite Pro. The earlier model of the GP has a black grommet kit, and the black plastics on Head racquets seem much more durable than the later white stuff (introduced in late '87/1988).

    Then I'd find a TXE - a rarer beast, but the Head marker for the PS85, and, IMHO, a better, sweeter racquet than the Pro Staff Mid. :)
     
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    I just never got comfy with the TXP/TXE; but I could use the TXM(aster) for the rest of my life if I had to. The 660 series just fit me like a glove even though I enjoy hitting 600-ish rackets. The lighter weight(usually) and the more open string pattern just fit me better. ;) Spent a couple of years with the PT 280 and could certainly use that in a pinch.
     
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  19. vsbabolat

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    Absolutely agree with you.:)
     
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    +1

    I still play the pc600s but keep one of those earlier prestige pro strung with all natural in my bag for times when I really want to enjoy some heavenly stroking.
     
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    ABSOLUTELY
     
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    Thanks for the input everyone. I think I'll try and snag a of 600 if I can.
     
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    +1 for me also. I prefer the PC600 in trek font version over the ones designed in Austria.
     
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    Head Composite Professional*, white with red and a little orange.

    * exclusive Head tubular fiberglass, graphie, silicon, carbide ceramic, fiber composite construction for an engineered medium flex, replaceable racquet protection bumper guard, 89.5 sq in

    TripleB
     
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    Your favorite classic HEAD Racket

    Really liked the Head Graphite Edge racquets (both Matte & Glossy versions).
     
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    1. PT630
    2. Bumblebee 630
     
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    I second the zebra
     
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    Any of the original Edge series racquets.
     
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    ti.Fire tour. For my entire career as a relevant tennis player I used those rackets.
     
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  30. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Oh yes! I liked the Pro Edition even more.
     
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  31. coachrick

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    Hah! Kids! Let's go back a couple of decades, at least, to find "classic" rackets! :)
     
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  32. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    To me, classic doesn't need to be old, but good and valuable beyond the specs. And that's why I listed the i.Prestige Mid.
     
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    Indeed, when dealing with automobiles or guitars, "classic" usually denotes at least 25 years old. Five or ten years old is obsolete or superceded, but hardly classic. :neutral:
     
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  34. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    The new, 2012-2013 Aston Martin Vantage V12 is a classic.
     
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    No, it's not. It's a new car, but likely to be a future classic.
     
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  36. robby c

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    Prestige Tour Midplus 660 (102).
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  37. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Then clearly Wilson was at fault for naming the black/yellow/red Pro Staff 6.1 CLASSIC.

    I mean, how dare they to put the word "classic" upon release?!
     
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  38. rafafan20

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    I think the ti.fire was from 1999-2000. Thats classic
     
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  39. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    That does not qualify according to their absolute definition (source?) of what it is to be a classic.
     
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    The same way companies market 'Professional', 'Dominator', 'Exclusive', 'Super Winner' 'Autograph'(with NO autograph), etc., etc.

    As I recall, the 6.1 'Classic' mold was new at the time...hardly a 'classic' of any sort. NOW that it's 20+ years old, we can talk.
     
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  41. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Just because it's old, doesn't make it a classic. Sorry, but I don't think it's a classic.

    Since the categorization of "Classic" is so absolute such that, it "must" be x amount of age, then tell me: What is the formula for "Classic"? I'm sure there are some old ancient formula that us youth have overlooked.

    Or is it driven by opinions and individual perception?

    It's funny that when I included the i.Prestige Mid as a classic, nobody said a peep. But when Ti.Fire Tour/Pro Edition was brought up: "NO NO NO NO NO NO!"

    i.Prestige came out years after the Titanium series.
     
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  42. robby c

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    I hope this remains the prevailing opinion. Just bought my 5th frame on the auction site at a very reasonable price. I was the lone bidder. Yea for me!
    Robby C
     
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  43. Quadium

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    Radical tour twin tube mp zebra 630 made in austria
     
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  44. Hannah19

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    Could not agree more...:)
     
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    I recently got a custom Ti Radical..twin tube sweetness made in Austria with cap grommets, weighs in at 350grams

    The mold looks identical to the PT630, anyone know for sure?
     
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  46. vsbabolat

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    The retail Ti.Radical MP is a different Mold than the Pro Tour 630.
     
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  47. MichaelChang

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    Among the ones I have played with, in the order of my favor:

    1. all austrian made Prestige 600, from "Prestige Pro" to "Classic Mid"
    2. Head TXE, the vintage 81 head size, the feeling of this stick is unique. Hard to find a good one since the grommet holes near throat tend to erode into the frame. This is like a daddy for the 600 size mids.
    3. Radical 630 original/PT630/TTRadical MP/I.prestigeMP, these are all like twin brothers. These are the main weapons for serious match play nowadays.
     
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