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    Head Prestige Pro (USA Version)

    These are nice! I remember summer 1990 coming across a full rack of these at a sports (not just tennis) shop in North Carolina, $99 each "closeout." Little demand for them there. I bought 3 and they were my daily carry for the next couple years.
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    Wanted: Early 80s monoshaft Kneissl White Star Big

    Monoshaft, white cosmetic with blue and green accent striping. Austrian-make. Thanks!
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    Völkl T9 45

    Your only solution is individual grommets. I know this because I had a pair of T9 30 done up at ****. It irked me because the individual grommets were both costly and black-colored, which ruined the heavy red/white stock colorway of the frame. But I had no choice - the existing white grommets...
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    Captain Haddock: Excellent to deal with!

    Have transacted here with Captain Haddock many times over the years - absolute stand-up individual and dealing partner! Strong recommend!
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    Yet another good deal with Colpo

    Thank you and enjoy the difference that only waves can provide! #Wavex
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    Wilson racquets in the transition to the 'modern' age?

    Quite honestly and not that I'm some big Wilson fan, but they saw the future early on and made some pretty classic graphites that were ahead of the curve. The Ultra in the late 70s, the Ultra 2 in '83, and the Pro Staff mid in '84 - not bad for bench strength.
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    Wilson racquets in the transition to the 'modern' age?

    Wilson did have a range but none of it resonated because their "opener" in the non-wood wars was the terrifically advanced Ultra/PWS. The graphite technique and stiffness were both off the charts. Trust me, they made plenty of mid-range metals and graphites, too. You are right that they didn't...
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    Wilson racquets in the transition to the 'modern' age?

    What was notable about the Ultra/PWS was just how early it hit the market. It would not surprise me to rediscover, though I'd have to hit the old tennis periodicals stacks to verify, that the Ultra/PWS was reviewed as early as end of year 1977 or 1978. This was an extremely advanced frame for...
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    FS: 2x Wavex AD 2002 Tennis Racquets, 100 Sq In, 4 3/8 Gr, 8.5/10, $89/shipped

    Item Description (Brand/Model/Year): Wavex AD 2002 Grip Size: 4 3/8 Quantity: 2 Head Size: 100 Condition (x out of 10): 8.5/10 *Specific Time Used (must give specific time, must be over 30 minutes): Used for about four doubles matches only, or for about 6 hours. *General Description...
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    FS: 2x Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 100, 4 1/2, 9/10, $149/shipped

    Item Description (Brand/Model/Year): Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 100 Grip Size: 4 1/2 Quantity: 2 Head Size: 100 Condition (x out of 10): 9/10 *Specific Time Used (must give specific time, must be over 30 minutes): Used for a one hour hit. *General Description (including any cosmetic...
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    FS: 2x Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour, 4/3/8, 8.5/10, $119/shipped

    Item Description (Brand/Model/Year): Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour Grip Size: 4 3/8 Quantity: 2 Head Size: 100 Condition (x out of 10): 7.5/10 *Specific Time Used (must give specific time, must be over 30 minutes): Used for about four doubles matches only. *General Description (including any...
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    Finally got it - Wilson Ultra 2 Largehead

    Incredibly stiff bats but even with that these tension numbers are startling. Wow, 52 lbs on the (more like) 104 sq inch Largehead and still too tight? I'd hazard that no matter what number you choose, the frame's rigidity refuses to be put down for the count. I tried to make the Mid work for...
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    How Many of us played with the T-2000

    By today's standards was totally wrong for my game (topspin baseliner) but got one new from a pro shop around 1983 (I was a young teen and thought it looked cool plus the Connors factor). In retrospect must now remember that there were only so many models around then and that every model did...
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    Calling HEAD Prestige experts

    Yes, exactly. Head carried over the Trisys branding for a period of time before just reverting back to the Prestige brand only.
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    about the HEAD TXP Pro

    Thanks much, tandayu. Nice to be remembered. I guess the fire came back, lol.
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    Calling HEAD Prestige experts

    The pro shop where I worked carried the Prestige Tour variant as early as the first third of 1994, as the Trisys line was a 1993 make only. The earliest Prestige Tour models I believe contained the term "Trisys" on the side beams but the name had been by then retired as the principal name of...
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    about the HEAD TXP Pro

    This is excellent, and quite possibly given the passage of time the most authoritative, global comment on this topic. Well done!
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    Prince CTS Synergy DB 26 mid plus

    Always thought of it as the earlier Graduate spiked with the throat gel insert. Hit great, no surprises. Capriati's frame when she first came up in '90, no?
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    WIP PANATTA Autograph model racket

    WIP Panattas are a classic example of valuation based on what the market will bear. They're rare and pretty and kinda obscure and made in Italy but at the end of the day they're standard woods. You have to balance your interest in moving them out, as well - how much do you just want to be rid of...
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    Wilson Ultra 2 Mid Size 85

    No worries, Sanglier. Just means we're all scratching our heads on this, striving for consensus, ha.
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    Dunlop Black Max

    First generation Dunlop graphite comp, pre-Max 200G. Thin-beam flex. A go-to graphite from that earliest era. Popular frame, mobile, more control than power. Nothing bad there.
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    Head Elite Pro 600

    One of four Head "Double Wedge" flagship widebodies. Comparable name only to the Elite Pro. Can't be CAP'ed though the original white grommet kit was a widebody CAP, no? Traditional buttcap, replaceable. Released with the 660 version and the Elektra Pro 600 and 660. The Elites were stiffer...
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    Prince Thunderstick Rollcall - who uses these?

    Still amazed at how thick these are - you forget. These were a very big deal back in the day, the flagship of Prince's CTS line and their head to head against the Wilson Profile. The sporting goods store where I worked would move major TStick tonnage to Brazilian and Italian tourists, literally...
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    Yamaha Secret & Proto

    Meanwhile I love how Secret smells but am always a little reticent to buy it because of how it's been marketed. This was a thread about *Secret*, after all...
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    Yamaha Secret & Proto

    Haha, that was a ballsy, "just for men" type deal there! The Vectris played beautifully with off the charts room temp softened butter factor but even they have moved on to their next home. Good memories, great thread.
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    Wilson Ultra 2 Mid Size 85

    retrowagen, I thought of this but informally ruled it out. I previously owned a DEMO WU2MS, US made. The DEMO marking was on the outside of the throat, above the grip collar. Of course, anything's possible but in that low-stress area inside the throat, I'd then expect to see all four letters or...
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    Wilson Ultra 2 Mid Size 85

    I'd conclude that's an aftermarket marking of some type. Could be an initial of a past owner or a marking to differentiate how the racquet was staged in a bunch of other WU2MS frames. However, I note that you described the marking as "stamped" so...? A photo of the marking might be of...