Recent content by retrowagen

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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Those Snauwaert 85s are fabulous racquets! Congratulations on your good fortune.
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    Let's talk about the Prince NXG Midplus 100

    I had never seen that video before today, and am appalled by the misinformation given by that guy. He simply made a bunch of stuff up about the early years of Prince and Howard Head.
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    I believe that particular iteration of HEAD Edge Special Edition was made in Austria, for the Europeans.
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    The Pro Staff Classic 6.1 mutual appreciation club

    Can anyone please tell me if there is a current model’s grommet set that will drop right in a PSC 6.1 95 that’s 16m x 18c pattern? Recently got one, but am chasing an internal rattle in the frame, and will probably have to pull out the old grommet to clean out whatever might be floating around...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    It was Wilson day, where I was today: brought home a PS Classic 95, an Ultra 2 mid, and a Rok midplus, with bags for each, to the tune of $3.99 each.
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    Handling dissolving grips on vintage rackets...

    I handle such handles with a paper towel; sometimes just go straight to plastic wrap, to contain the potential environmental disaster! It’s annoying when the offending racquet has been stored in a snug full-length cover, and has transferred its grip molecules to the interior of said cover...
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    What’s the one elusive racket that you still have not bought or found yet?

    I guess it would also be cool to have a Technort Stratos and a Hazell Streamline in my collection; as of yet, have never owned either.
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    What’s the one elusive racket that you still have not bought or found yet?

    I would love to have a Kneissl Super Pro Vario, the weird, variable-balance version of the White Star Pro, in my collection as an oddity, though not as a “player.” I too think it would be fun to have one of the three Snauwaert “Hi Ten” wide-string Barry Phillips-Moore racquet (as used by Mark...
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    Wilson Pro Staff Jack Kramer, Cliff Richey and Raul Ramirez Classic wood Tennis Racquet's

    Kuebler lists the Ritchey Ultra as current in 1972-1976, and makes no mention of a Raul Ramirez frame, for what it’s worth.
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    petr korda racquets

    Those certainly look like the grip size sticker used by the Austrian Head factory from 1986-1996 or so, and the inventory sticker on the grip, as well! Very interesting; perhaps Head produced some batches of Voelkl racquets during the time Voelkl was shifting its production from Germany to Asia...
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    Common pre-poly string setups?

    One of the kids on my high school team in the mid-80’s had a Yonex R-10 with graphite string. We all called it the Darth Vader racquet! Moving forward to the early 1990’s, there were a lot of weird string options. Prince Prism and Stoplight spring to mind...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Sounds like you got Joe Dirt’s racquet! LOL
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    Head Graphite Pro TF

    The 18x20 drill pattern of the 1989 Head mids (TF models) was maddeningly different in its spacing than the other, prior mids (Prestige, Elite, Elektra, and older “box beam” Pro models... I don’t have a good solution for you, sorry!
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    When in history did racquets go from ok to really good?

    There actually was a paradigm shift in the racquet industry, with designs hitting their strides circa 1984-1986, apexing around 1991, followed by a definite turning point and descent, circa 1993. A perfect storm of declining amateur interest in the sport, post-80’s “tennis boom,” and declining...
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    Anybody still using a "Classic" racket (1990s and earlier) as their main racket?

    Those Prince Tour 98 16x20’s are almost (EXO holes aside) a millimeter-perfect copy of the Fischer Vacuum Pro Classic 98. I played a season with the “spin” variant of the same frame when they first came out, and as a Fischer aficionado (aFischionado?), I noticed a similarity immediately.