My Manufacturers List
A couple of people expressed surprise at the number of different manufacturers, that are represented in my racquet collection, so I thought I'd post a list.
I thought it was around 85, but it turns out to be 93! Should I aim for a nice round hundred? Does anyone have one not in this list?
1 Abercrombie & Fitch
4 All American Sports Co
10 Black Knight
12 Boris Becker
30 Frank Sedgeman
31 Fred Perry
43 Le Coq Sportif
44 Lee Cooper
48 Mad Raq
52 Mercedes Benz
59 Pro Kennex
60 Pro Supex
71 Sergio Tacchini
76 Stolle & Emerson
78 Tecno Pro
82 Tony Trabert
90 Wright & Ditson
Nice list Virginia, i don't see the brand " La Hutte" though ;-)
94. La Hutte
to commemorate the many times road runner style players have foiled the best efforts of stronger coyote style opponents; there should be an ACME brand tennis racket. :)
Both racquets used by Paul Haarhuis. The Hema during his amazing run in the US Open in 1991. Tiger is Haarhuis' own dutch brand.
There are a few I can think of. Avery is not listed and I think they're still in production, as is Bosworth. Carnelian made a racket called the Pro Tour Graphite. Feather made a Classic Pro and a CourtTi 2000. I don't see MegaAge, and I think they are based right there in Australia. There's a Natural Power Grip racket. PowerAngle is still made. Technifibre's are still available, as are Vantage rackets. Another one listed in the USRSA book is Winjammer and X-45. X-45 are tilted head models similar to the Ergonom.
With a little work, you'll be to 100 in no time.
Ginnie, Let me know if you need an Alpha, Omega, Franklin, or WonderWand to round out the 100. The Alpha(s) are prototypes...not sure if they were ever in production. The Omega is a cheapie aluminum, my Franklin is an open-throat woodie(also have an open throat wood KSM) and the WonderWand was an early '90s Weed-looking thing.
That is one heck of a collection! No Porsche, Leach, Yoneyama(gotcha!), Harry C Lee, ProAm, Major, Sheffield ?
Well done! My brain keeps asking why I'm living in the past so much! :)
Wow.... That is a big list.
How about "Antelop" ? From the pics I saw, the G-III Boron-Graphite mid and TC-898 mid looked pretty cool in that early '80s PK Black Ace kind of way.
Also "Diadora" if you count latter-day big-box cheapies. They have one or two intermediate/near player-spec frames.
Forgot ZEBEST; but, that may be too Atlanta-centric. Seems like they supplied a number of U.S. college players in the '90s.
Oo, oo...how about the Mitt Rocker?
How about a DIY home remodeling show: 'Adding a new wing to the garage to house the ever-expanding racket collection' ? :)
I forgot about the WonderWand, and I string a couple for guys who bought them at the US Open one year. Also, another one not on your list is the Mitt Rocker. That's pretty recent, so you may still have some luck finding one of those.
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I want to know, Virginia, if you were able to write all these down, just from memory, or if you had to go and sneak a peak or two!
Actually the list was extracted from a word document I have, that lists all the racquets I've bought since I started collecting, including prices, the date of issue, the date of purchase and where I got them from (e.g. E b a y, Hospice shop, etc).
Luckily I started that list early on and made sure I always kept it up to date.
I'm amazed at all the replies - thanks, everybody! :)
I'll respond in more depth, when I've had a chance to look up the suggested brands in Kuebler.
i have a keencraft classic. keencraft is the name pacific used to sell rackets under. its a pretty cool racket, kind of like a pro staff, but with a slightly thicker beam and a 14x17 string pattern
French brand that Leconte, Forget and quite a few pro's were using - racquets were rebranded as Technifibre when the two companies merged in the 90's
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