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Autodidactic player 01-17-2013 02:50 AM

***** Ruler
I just got this racket in trade. I've seen a few of these in other collections but I don't know much about the racket/company and it's not listed in Kuebler's Book of Tennis Rackets or the 2007 supplement. Anybody got any information? Thanks.

Edit: I don't know why the name of the company was removed but perhaps this is part of the mystery!

Rock Strongo 01-17-2013 05:16 AM

It appears that they have a tennis store aswell, which could explain why it was edited out.

coachrick 01-17-2013 06:24 AM

This looks like a knock-off of sorts, much like Lynn Bob Ray(something like that) 'knocked off' Blue Star with his Blue Ray strings back in the '70s. We bought a fair amount of supplies from ***** in the mid-late '70s...didn't know about a racket, however. This looks like a model from the '80s forward. I didn't know the Rays maintained a retail store...close enough to TW to be on the radar.

retrowagen 01-17-2013 06:55 AM

I recently also had a weird R a y c o frame... equally preposterously long:

Rock Strongo 01-17-2013 09:50 AM


Originally Posted by retrowagen (Post 7128841)
I recently also had a weird R a y c o frame... equally preposterously long:

That is absolutely hilarious. You just see the Maxply on top and you think "well, there's nothing wrong" and then when you scroll down you go "WOAH!"

PBODY99 01-17-2013 04:31 PM

This is one of his adjustable length frames. I have a 32 inch long frame 95 in head size, from he who name shall not be posted.

Steve Huff 01-17-2013 06:44 PM

In the late 70s, early 80s, ***** had a Prince Pro knockoff. It was all black, had no name on it. At first, they came with a red plastic throat piece, then later, a black throat piece. They actually played with more control than the Prince Pro. I probably sold a couple hundred of them while living in Tulsa. Like many extruded aluminum frames, they came out of round after time. I never tried any of their later graphite frames. He carried some odd products, but always a nice guy to talk to.

Captain Haddock 01-18-2013 04:42 AM

I've had the same experience with the store owner. He would regularly send out flyers in the mail in the pre-internet days. I bought quite a few Yonexes and Estusas from him. He was indeed a nice guy over the phone. He'd sell Head pallets and butt caps for $5 a set quite a contrast from some TW posters who try to sell their used pallets for $40 a set, isn't it?

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