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Virginia 06-26-2010 09:56 AM

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
2 Acro
3 Adidas
4 All American Sports Co
5 Aldila
6 Bancroft
7 Bard
8 Bentley-Wilson
9 Besta
10 Black Knight
11 Blackburne
12 Boris Becker
13 Bridgestone
14 Browning
15 Caldon
16 Chemold
17 Chris
18 Cortland
19 Davis
20 Donnay
21 Dunlop
22 Dura-Fiber
23 Durbin
24 Emrik
25 Estusa
26 Fila
27 Fin
28 Fischer
29 Fox
30 Frank Sedgeman
31 Fred Perry
32 Futabaya
33 Gamma
34 Garcia
35 Hanil
36 Hart
37 Head
38 Kawasaki
39 Kennedy
40 Kneissl
41 Kuebler
42 Lacoste
43 Le Coq Sportif
44 Lee Cooper
45 Lobster
46 Lotto
47 MacGregor
48 Mad Raq
49 Madison
50 Matchmate
51 Maxima
52 Mercedes Benz
53 Mizuno
54 Oliver
55 PDP
56 Penn
57 Pinguin
58 Prince
59 Pro Kennex
60 Pro Supex
61 Prohand
62 Protagon
63 Puma
64 Rawlings
65 Regent
66 Rossignol
67 Roxpro
68 Seamco
69 Seamless
70 Sentra
71 Sergio Tacchini
72 Slazenger
73 Snauwaert
74 Spalding
75 Stellar
76 Stolle & Emerson
77 Taisport
78 Tecno Pro
79 Tenex-Sports
80 Tensor
81 Toalson
82 Tony Trabert
83 Tremont
84 Tretorn
85 Volkl
86 VW
87 Weed
88 Wilson
89 Wimbledon
90 Wright & Ditson
91 Yakin
92 Yamaha
93 Yonex

ericsson 06-26-2010 10:36 AM

Nice list Virginia, i don't see the brand " La Hutte" though ;-)

khw72004 06-26-2010 10:44 AM

94. La Hutte
95. Well

racquetfreak 06-26-2010 10:49 AM

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. :)

Rorsach 06-26-2010 11:28 AM

95: Tiger
96: Hema.

Both racquets used by Paul Haarhuis. The Hema during his amazing run in the US Open in 1991. Tiger is Haarhuis' own dutch brand.

Dino Lagaffe 06-26-2010 01:04 PM


Originally Posted by Rorsach (Post 4806134)
95: Tiger
96: Hema.

Both racquets used by Paul Haarhuis. The Hema during his amazing run in the US Open in 1991. Tiger is Haarhuis' own dutch brand.

Just a spelling note:

95: Tyger

tennis005 06-26-2010 01:15 PM

97: Aeroplane
98: Prowess

Steve Huff 06-26-2010 01:29 PM

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.

Don't Let It Bounce 06-26-2010 01:29 PM


Originally Posted by ericsson (Post 4805836)
Nice list Virginia, i don't see the brand " La Hutte" though ;-)

They made the Jabba 135 (Weed precursor), right? :)

coachrick 06-26-2010 03:53 PM

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! :)

jigar 06-26-2010 04:45 PM

Wow.... That is a big list.

Keifers 06-26-2010 05:12 PM

Wavex. 10.

MAXXply 06-26-2010 06:06 PM

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.

coachrick 06-26-2010 06:51 PM

Forgot ZEBEST; but, that may be too Atlanta-centric. Seems like they supplied a number of U.S. college players in the '90s.

Oo, 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' ? :)

Steve Huff 06-26-2010 06:54 PM

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.

Bud 06-26-2010 10:11 PM

Oops... post deleted :)

galain 06-26-2010 11:21 PM

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!

Virginia 06-27-2010 12:28 AM

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.

jazar 06-27-2010 03:28 AM

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

gavna 06-27-2010 05:00 AM


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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