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vsbabolat 06-11-2014 06:42 AM

Head Pro Tour 630 is 20 years old now
 
I cant believe its been 20 years since the Pro Tour 630 had been released and still winning slams on the ATP tour. Its really goes to show how marketing departments are in overdrive coming up with fluff that don't improve performance and only hurts the feel of the racquets. Its a shame that such a fine racquet is available to only Tour level players.

vsbabolat 06-11-2014 06:50 AM



Fearsome Forehand 06-11-2014 06:51 AM

There is always the auction site. That is where I got most of my 280/630's.

Still ranks as one of the best rackets ever IMHO. Does everything well.

pt630_belgium 06-11-2014 06:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 8457992)
Its a shame that such a fine racquet is available to only Tour level players.

Couldn't agree more:!::!:

I still hope one day it will come back. For myself, i wont buy another racket untill head brings back te legend.

pt630_belgium 06-11-2014 07:27 AM

Other question.
Are there "designed in austria" versions with no mention "head barcode label inside" and with no mention "made in china? :confused::confused:

Because i have:

1x made in austria
2x designed in austria with "head barcode label inside"

And they offer me 2 rackets "designed in austria" but no mention "barcode"
and no mention "china" :confused::confused:

ps they seem in very very good condition

vsbabolat 06-11-2014 07:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pt630_belgium (Post 8458125)
Other question.
Are there "designed in austria" versions with no mention "head barcode label inside" and with no mention "made in china? :confused::confused:

Because i have:

1x made in austria
2x designed in austria with "head barcode label inside"

And they offer me 2 rackets "designed in austria" but no mention "barcode"
and no mention "china" :confused::confused:

ps they seem in very very good condition

I have not seen a Designed in Austria Pro Tour 630 without Barcode label inside. Do have photos of the racquet in question?
The Pro Tour 280 without Barcode Label Inside were made in China.

pt630_belgium 06-11-2014 08:14 AM

I have asked detailed photos!

Hannah19 06-11-2014 08:53 AM

Where, just like the PC Tour, the early "Designed in Austria" rackets not all made in Czeckoslovakia..?

Fearsome Forehand 06-11-2014 09:13 AM

Doesn't seem to be that many DIA 630's. The one I have has the HBCLI notation on the side. The other 630's I have are all MIA. I don't think there are any PRC made 630's, just some 280's.

I think the HBCLI DIA's (both 630's and 280's)were made in the Czech Republic after Head transferred manufacturing there to take advantage of exchange rates. Then, the big move to the PRC (along with all the other companies.)

I have some DIA's 280's that have no HBCLI notation and no mention of the PRC. Usually the only mention of China on 280's is on the butt cap (and sometime just a removable label on the butt cap.)

I wouldn't sweat the origins that much. They play pretty similarly IMHO.

vsbabolat 06-11-2014 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fearsome Forehand (Post 8458415)
Doesn't seem to be that many DIA 630's. The one I have has the HBCLI notation on the side. The other 630's I have are all MIA. I don't think there are any PRC made 630's, just some 280's.

I think the HBCLI DIA's (both 630's and 280's)were made in the Czech Republic after Head transferred manufacturing there to take advantage of exchange rates. Then, the big move to the PRC (along with all the other companies.)

I have some DIA's 280's that have no HBCLI notation and no mention of the PRC. Usually the only mention of China is on the butt cap.

The China 280 did not come about until 2000 and were SMU for the internet retailers and big box sporting good stores. HEAD's mainline premium frames were still Made in Austria.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hannah19 (Post 8458357)
Where, just like the PC Tour, the early "Designed in Austria" rackets not all made in Czeckoslovakia..?

Racquets that are Designed in Austria with Barcode Label Inside were manufactured in Austria and finished (painted and etc) in the HEAD factory in Czech Republic.

pt630_belgium 06-11-2014 09:40 AM





I wait for other ones

dr325i 06-11-2014 11:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hannah19 (Post 8458357)
Where, just like the PC Tour, the early "Designed in Austria" rackets not all made in Czeckoslovakia..?

No 630/280 was manufactured/made in The CZ. Some versions were finished: paint, grommets, pallets, gripping in the CZ, the frames were made in Austria.

tandayu 06-11-2014 11:24 AM

Who was/were first atp/wta player(s) using pt57A? It looks like many used radical tour MP in early 90s.

Fearsome Forehand 06-11-2014 11:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pt630_belgium (Post 8458486)




I wait for other ones

I think they look okay. I don't think there was ever a problem with counterfeit
280/630's if that is your concern. The big counterfeiting of rackets started later.

The shrink wrapping on the grips doesn't look original and the butt caps don't look original to me but hard to tell from the pics.
It is possible they have been re-palleted at some point. Opinions?

Fearsome Forehand 06-11-2014 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tandayu (Post 8458749)
Who was/were first atp/wta player(s) using pt57A? It looks like many used radical tour MP in early 90s.

Probably Muster? Sanchez?

Haas used it as did Guga, David Wheaton and some others. Can't recall a female player using it but maybe they did.

retrowagen 06-11-2014 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tandayu (Post 8458749)
Who was/were first atp/wta player(s) using pt57A? It looks like many used radical tour MP in early 90s.

I remember Thomas Muster first with this racquet, but I don't really know if he was the first pro to use it, perhaps only the first to win a big tournament with it? :confused:

vsbabolat 06-11-2014 02:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fearsome Forehand (Post 8458800)
Probably Muster? Sanchez?

Haas used it as did Guga, David Wheaton and some others. Can't recall a female player using it but maybe they did.

Sanchez and Muster were the first. Supposedly they had a hand in the design. Haas, Simon, Murray are all still using the Pro Tour 630 to great effect!

vsbabolat 06-11-2014 02:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pt630_belgium (Post 8458486)




I wait for other ones

I'd like to see what it says above the grip and inside the throat. Those are Chinese butt-caps. Its should have a hologram butt-cap or the standard black butt-cap with a black sticker and silver ski tip logo.

vsbabolat 06-11-2014 02:11 PM


pt630_belgium 06-12-2014 03:00 AM

Recieved the photos in high resolution.
Indeed: DIA but no HBLI :confused:
And no other mention:confused:

Just in the buttcap is a number stamped but cannot read it


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