Originally Posted by classic tennis
The above is a made in China racquet and not the same animal in any way as the made in Reid frames, the construction, shape and playing dynamics are polar opposites.
Yes, it's easy to spot the Elliptics made in Ried im Innkreis (Austria): they have three pairs of mains going through the bridge, not four (the later Chinese-made), and the Austrian ones are tapered beam frames (21mm at top, 25mm at grip). All are 98 square inch (630 cm2) heads, with 16x20 pattern.
The Austrian Elliptic mold was unique. Sort of a reverse concept of the similarly sized, similarly drilled, but reverse tapered beam (thicker at the top, thinner above the grip) mold of the Vacuum Pro / Vacuum Technic Pro 98 / original Pro No. 1.