I started on a Tremont too. rather than prevent the racket from cracking I think that bar was more to keep the racket from being deformed while stringing the mains. I still have my bar somewhere, I think.
When you're dead you don't know you're dead. It's the same way when you're stupid.
Balance - 31.0 cm, Weight - 358 g, SW - 346 Kgcm^2