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    Tell me about your racquet collections!

    I have documented the bulk of my collection on the "My First Racquet" thread, but it basically consists of the frames I have used over the past 45 years. I have kept at least one of each, but there are a few that I don't have for various reasons. I am not a collector per se, but like many here...
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    First Racket

    The Profile was a huge mistake driven by moving from hard courts at high altitude to clay at sea level. I mistakenly thought I needed more power since I wasn't putting balls away like I used to. The Profile had just been introduced and a couple guys on my league team had switched to them...
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    First Racket

    I have kept at least one of each racquet that I have played with in the past 45 years, with several notable exceptions. I take one out every once it a while just for fun. My progression starting at age 10 is as follows: Cheap John Newcombe Autograph (Rawlings??)>Head Master>Head Ashe Comp...
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    Prince Original Graphite ( POG ) Mid and OS versions

    Treat your tennis equipment like you would a cherished car. The first and most important thing is to always keep your frames clean, so wipe the sweat and court dust off after every use. A very mild, high quality automotive polish followed by a wax can make these old glossy frames look really...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Today at GW I saw a racquet I was totally unfamiliar with, a Donnay 725 Pro. It looked very late 70's, with an open throat but with what appeared to be a separate throat piece (imagine a black Head Pro "redhead" from the 70's). It was Belgian made, graphite construction, black with the...
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    Spiral Plastic wood racket head guard?

    I recall those things and I think there were several on the market. I tried one but I remember it being made of a more silicone like material. It was stupidly heavy and totally messed up the balance of the frame. There were also individual u shaped snap on plastic things too that you...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    My understanding is that the Weed was originally developed by a guy in the ******* (Ohio I think). I was a bit surprised to find that Weed is still around. One of my occasional playing partners plays with one (strong 4.5/5.0) and I am amazed that he can control the thing let alone play very...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Today's post barber visit to the neighboring Goodwill revealed a Pro Kennex Power Ace in rough condition and several Wilson Impact frames in various color ways also in garage find condition (passed on all of them). The Wilsons all had that Wal Mart vibe to them, but I wonder why there would be...
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    Vitas autograph graphite?

    I have never seen one of those either. My junior doubles partner back in the early 80's was a sponsored Snauwaert player but used the Gerulaitis wood. Very neat to see this.
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    I had a chance to hit with the recently acquired Maxply McEnroe and Spalding frames I mentioned a few posts ago. The Maxply was fantastic, even strung with whatever mystery string that was in there at an indeterminate tension. I really didn't need to make any adjustments to my strokes, and my...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    My lovely wife was at a church charity shop today and found me a really nice condition 9/10 Dunlop Maxply McEnroe (wood) for a whopping $3.99. She does not play tennis but has an eye for nice old things and after almost 30 years years of putting up with me she has an idea of what to look for...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Yes, similar but different. The pallet to shaft transition on mine is different, with more of a pronounced taper. Interesting that vsbabolat mentions that it was made in the Snauwaert factory since the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it was "that looks like a Snauwaert". I have a...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Oops, I misstated something in my previous post. My first ever racquet was a RAWLINGS John Newcombe, not a Spalding. Also, the green Spalding was not something like a Gonzales or Casals, which I would have snapped up.
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    And now for something a little different. I made my monthly visit to the Goodwill next to the barbershop and actually bought something. It is a Spalding "World Championship Tennis Impact 500" wood racquet for the usual $3.99. One side of the shaft says "Handcrafted of North American Ash and...
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    Revisiting The Wilson Profile

    Two of my least favorite racquets that I have owned are mentioned in this thread. The first is the Profile 2.7. As I have mentioned before, I was an early adopter of the POG and played great with it. When I moved from the Mountain West to Florida in the late 80's and started playing on clay...
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    Factory Reference tension recommendations on 80's OS rackets

    Back in the early 80's when I played with the POG (no bumper/no grommet/short handle) I always strung them at 78-80 with strings like Prince Synthetic Gut, Leoina 66, etc. I just can't see doing that with modern strings and a more fragile body. Plus, I used to have at least one frame crack at...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    I made my usual post haircut monthly stop at the Goodwill. Pretty slim pickings today. There was a T-2000 in very nice shape for $5 but that was not something that interested me 40 years ago and it still doesn't. There was also a Mizuno "Pro-Light" oversize with all the heft of a flyswatter...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Henry Hub: Your regular score of finds never ceases to amaze me. How may frames do you have in your collection? I always enjoy seeing some of the more unusual models that are rare in the US.
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    The Ski Club

    What a fun thread to read as it brought back a lot of memories. Growing up in the Rocky Mountain West, the local sporting goods store would sell tennis and cycling stuff in the summer and ski stuff in the winter. They had a huge sale twice a year when they swapped inventory. Those sales were...
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    Mixed Bag - Second String Garden Variety Classics

    I always thought the YFG30 was purely fiberglass, and the YFG50 and YFG70 had some graphite in them. The YFG50's in my closet certainly say so...
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    Mixed Bag - Second String Garden Variety Classics

    Didn't John Sadri have the nickname of "The Mad Marine" because of his high and tight haircut?
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    Most Beautiful Wooden Racquet

    I recall that BlueStar didn't last any better than natural gut, and it was way more expensive than Leoina 66 or any of the other decent nylons like Prince Synthetic Gut. I splurged on BS once and almost cried when it started fraying just like gut after two sets. You guys also just released a...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    That was probably it, but I only had a fleeting glimpse of it as the guy tucked it under his arm and dashed away.
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    Mixed Bag - Second String Garden Variety Classics

    Oh yeah, that whistle as the Yamahas moved through the air. I recall seeing John Sadri win a tournament in Denver when I was a junior and that made me try the YFG50 for a season. Still have a couple in the closet.
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    Most Beautiful Wooden Racquet

    Even BlueStar was expensive back then. I laugh when I think of the weird strings I used in my racquets in search of durability (anyone ever use something called "HiWire" that actually had fine wire as one of the filaments?) That plus Gut Life Spray and String a Lings.
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    Most Beautiful Wooden Racquet

    Ronaldo: They were the light version and I don't think I picked correctly. I was so fascinated with the fact that you could dig through all the racquets on the rack and find two that were "identical" because Snauwaert put all the specs for each individual frame on the shaft that I worried more...
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    Mixed Bag - Second String Garden Variety Classics

    How about the Yamaha YFG50 (or YFG70), the Aldila Cannon, the Trabert C-6, and one of the Fox/Bosworth thingys...
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    Most Beautiful Wooden Racquet

    I always thought the Snauwaert Gottfried Autograph was a beautiful frame, and the suede head cover just added to the aura. I played with them one year as a junior and they really did not suit my game but I wish I had hung onto one of them. While not "beautiful" in the classic sense, I thing...
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    Kneissl Silver Arrow - Any information?

    Sanglier never ceases to amaze me... Honorable mention to rodracquet for finding that reference.
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    I had a very weird experience at the Goodwill next to my barber that I stop into once in a while after a haircut. I was wearing a tennis t-shirt from my old University and as I approached the rack with the racquets some random guy who certainly did not look like a tennis player looked at me and...
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