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  1. Sanglier

    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    I stopped frequenting my local GWs because their crap-to-gem ratio had risen exponentially over the past few years, and because I ran out of storage room at home. However, when these stores began to open again after our pseudo lock-down was lifted, I decided to go back to have a look, because I...
  2. Sanglier

    Prince Spectrum Comp Racquet specs/ reviews

    I'm afraid I have no personal experience with these. All I know is that they were launched in 1986, with graphite, fiberglass, kevlar, and a tiny amount of ceramic fibers in their layup (of which graphite accounted for 80% of the total - halfway between the 100% "Graphite" and the 60% "Graphite...
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    Kneissl Silver Arrow - Any information?

    Bitzer was also from Waldbröl, and was the co-author on one of Rutz's 1974 patents related to this particular racquet design, so their collaboration on this was virtually from the start. This buttcap sticker is the one I would have expected to see on such racquets. It is the Kneissl sticker...
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    Fischer Twin Tec

    Very cool demonstration piece, Retro! So the strings are suspended entirely by the Vestoran middle layer? Others also made frames by joining two tubular halves together, but none like this! Using this production method, each molding step produced only half a racquet, and the gluing, trimming...
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    Does anyone know specs on original bumperless no grommet version of the POG OS

    I have only measured a single NOS POG produced by Fansteel, the true "first version" that was made from 1978 to 1979. It weighed 377g strung, had a 4 pt HL balance, with a swing weight of 374, and a flex of 67 RA. These are as close to 'as-shipped' measurements as one is likely to get today, but...
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    I'm Racketoholic, please help!!!

    Thank you, gentlemen! As it turned out, the second wave of dry thunderstorms did not materialize in the east hills yesterday, so the nightmare scenario that mandated our evacuation has been averted for now, causing the order to be downgraded back to ‘warning’. Consequently, many of us have been...
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    I'm Racketoholic, please help!!!

    I think this qualifies as a symptom of terminal racquetoholism. We were issued a mandatory evacuation order yesterday by the authorities, because the third largest fire in California history (only 10% contained so far) is inching too close to our community for comfort. This is what the inside...
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    Wilson Sting Mid

    I don't think Mr Chris Evert would have appreciated being called a parks and rec hacker! :)
  9. Sanglier

    Fans of the Pro Kennex Silver Ace - Help me!

    What does the butt cap decal look like? Before 1982, they used a "K" logo with built-in stars and stripes, a carry-over from their pre-'78 "Kennedy" days, when Kunnan wanted his brand to look as faux-American as possible. The sail shaped logo came into existence in late 1982, two years after the...
  10. Sanglier

    Timeline of largest graphite racquets

    Just for the benefit of those who don't already know this story from past discussions, and have no immediate access to Kuebler's book: Klemmer was a Snauwaert distributor; "Bentley" was his house brand. All Bentleys were produced by Snauwaert, including the dozen Fortissimo prototypes that were...
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    Prince Original Graphite ( POG ) Mid and OS versions

    I researched the history of grommetless POGs by talking to the people who made them; the rest is purely observational. This particular cosmetic variant is new to me, too! It looks to be a later Kunnan one-stripe (grommet-stripped, repositioned throat brace, slightly thicker beam profile, longer...
  12. Sanglier

    Wilson T-5000

    It has a red butt cap, which, as I understand it, means it's a "firm flex". Obviously, 33 RA is not "firm" by today's standards; it is not even firm by wooden racquet standards. However, other skinny steel frames weren't terribly firm either. Those indestructible Daytons from the 1920s typically...
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    Wilson T-5000

    The domed version is the T-4000, which has a hidden tungsten dampener that has a tendency to come loose over time, turning the permanently affixed dome into a dice shaker. I have yet to encounter a single used T-5000 that has not been de-dangler-ed. So the "needle in the haystack" analogy is...
  14. Sanglier

    Dunlop Max IMF Series rackets

    I certainly would never argue against hard data. As a committed equipment geek who spent years measuring and compiling my own data sheets on hundreds of racquets, I find very little to disagree with you in your second paragraph. However, we may be talking past each other on this specific...
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    Dunlop Max IMF Series rackets

    What you described in your earlier post is the transition of the string from the elastic phase to the plastic phase, when the applied load exceeded a certain threshold. This is an entirely separate property from dynamic stiffness. I suspect if you read up a little more on the subject, you would...
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    Dunlop Max IMF Series rackets

    Dynamic stiffness is a function of applied force and vibration frequency on a given material. It isn't a set value but a complex curve, and is a measurable property in all load-bearing materials and structures, not just injection molded thermoplastic racquets. It is absolutely real! Dunlop made...
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    Becker world champion racket

    My experience has been that frame weights printed on racquets and given in magazine descriptions are usually of the "unstrung" kind. The string bed on an average modern racquet typically weighs about 18g (I have found that strung balance and swing weight can be reliably measured on an unstrung...
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    Becker world champion racket

    Don't want to derail this thread, but here are my two Adams. The one on the left appears to be a prototype that never went into production, which incorporates several interesting and unique ideas in addition to the PCS grip. I got it last year from our friend Hans ("vintagetennisgems" on evil...
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    Fila Champion

    With a lone exception (that I know of), all US-made composite Fila frames I've come across were produced by American Sports Equipment. That one outlier was made by BBC/Racquetech, but I have not been able to determine whether it was a test sample or actual production model. The grommetless...
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    Fila Champion

    Early composite Fila frames were made in the US and Belgium, while later ones were sourced from Taiwan, so there were some real differences between the early and late iterations of some of the models. However, as far as I am aware of, both "Champion" models were made in the US by the same...
  21. Sanglier

    Nassau racquets

    I honestly can't tell you, as I have no experience with either of them. No one is looking for these because hardly anyone has ever heard of the brand (as is evidenced by this thread and the one from a few years ago). I suppose if you collect Nassau specifically and are missing these two models...
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    Nassau racquets

    What you see in the photo I attached to my older post is all there is. The frame is completely free of identification wording save for the decal on the shaft showing grip size and the marketing blurb. It is in NOS condition, so that's how it was shipped. The absence of a model name is the main...
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    Nassau racquets

    I only have that one early example, so I cannot speak from personal experience, but the quality of Korean products were generally on par with that of contemporary Taiwanese products. However, this was not a cheap brand. Nassau frames were marketed as "high end" as late as 1987, with wholesale...
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    Nassau racquets

    It's a South Korean company. They started making racquets in 1982, supposedly with the help of Aldila, which had exited the tennis market in 1980. They even recycled the "Cannon" name and the little cannon icon on some of their products, leading some to assume the racquets were made in the US by...
  25. Sanglier

    High Fiberglass ratio in rackets ?

    In that case, other than the F200 and some Voelkls, you'll only find high% fiberglass among low-end models sold in department stores, such as Bard Graff Fire (20/80 GR/FG) and Wilson Graphite Matrix (15/85 GR/FG). As I recall, both models were available cheaply from Service Merchandise in the...
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    High Fiberglass ratio in rackets ?

    All hand-laid FRP racquets prior to 1975 were 100% fiberglass (Voelkl Zebra, Adidas Adistar, PDP Fiberstaff, Yamaha YFG-30, Donnay Caldon, just to name the better known ones), and many more were made after 1975 and well into the early 80s (Head XRC, Dura-Fiber XT, Donnay 3-SET, and a host of...
  27. Sanglier

    Donnay supermid carbon/ceramic/graphite?

    I skied an entire season wearing a pair of 20 year old (at the time) Henke boots mated to only slightly less old skis borrowed from my high school's athletics department, and broke my leg on the last day of the season after veering into spring crud at full speed in a tuck. The brand had already...
  28. Sanglier

    All Pro Staff 85 editions in photos.

    It's almost certainly a "GMQ" (I say 'almost' only because there is no clear photo of the butt cap in this listing); the little squiggly tail is not always easy to make out. The letter "G" dates the frame to 1984, the "Q" indicates St Vincent manufacture. PS85 were made in both Chicago and St...
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    3D Printed Dunlop Max 200G

    Something to keep in mind if you really plan to go forward with this project. The typical carbon fiber in a hand-laid frame has a tensile strength of 600 MPa or more. The nylon used to make the 200G wasn't just any nylon, but "Nylon 6/6", the strongest available. With 30% chopped carbon fibers...
  30. Sanglier

    Born in the USSR

    Is the "date stamp" to which you are referring above the grip, Retro? My own "Master" and "Progress" (shown in Post #19 above) are marked "VII-87" and "5-89" respectively, which I assumed to mean "July 1987" and May "1989", when the USSR was still in one piece, and glasnost and perestroika were...
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