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  1. coachrick

    Handling dissolving grips on vintage rackets...

    It has come to my attention that I have really messed up the beige carpet in our W(rec)k room with the remains of dissolving black grips on many many of my vintage rackets. Just to handle one of these puts tiny chunks of dead grip stuck to my hands or falling on the floor(I've since been more...
  2. coachrick

    Do we know this (former) collector???

    This was in the info section for a Yamaha racket for sale on that famous auction site: “These racquets are from a large collection of racquet enthusiast with over 2,000 frames! Majority of them were in storage for many, many years.” The seller seems to be located in Atlanta(where I was for ~27...
  3. coachrick

    Get a grip on this trivia question...

    I lived through it; but never really thought of the "chronology" of the mass introduction of synthetic grips(and the slower demise of leather) as original equipment on new rackets. Anyone care to speculate as to the first major company to switch to synthetic grips for their line of...
  4. coachrick

    No mention of the Serena Prototype??? Only $500 ;)

    If you are on the Wilson email list, you know about this. ETA: I don't think I can edit the title. $399 is the actual price.....Oops!
  5. coachrick

    Sure wish Rafa used his initials on some clothing, instead of the logo.

    Been quite a few years that we've had a top player with my initials...RN; but, instead of going with the initials logo(like RF has done over the years), Rafa goes with a logo that won't work for me!!! Dang. :( Did Rafa ever use his initials on his clothing??? Would be cool to have some...
  6. coachrick

    Been away from the tennis biz for a decade now...

    Although I do check in from time to time and post about some of my 40 years in the tennis business( and still have a few dozen rackets from the 'golden years' of tennis), I haven't paid attention to the developments in string(except for skimming some of the string threads here). From what I can...
  7. coachrick

    Serious downsizing might mean no more collecting...

    Ladies and gentlemen...DW and I are embarking on a serious downsizing and simplification in our house size and likely our personal lives(We'll see how this pans out ;) ). As such, I will likely be liquidating my modest collection of vintage rackets over the next few months. This isn't a sales...
  8. coachrick

    "Frequent stringer---string card redemption programs"

    Speaking of the good old days, the 'string card redemption programs' that Babolat, Prince and Gamma had(esp. during the '90s) kept me in socks and shirts for MANY years :) . Anybody out there still take advantage of the Gamma Program? I haven't submitted anything for a few years...just...
  9. coachrick

    Just a bit out of touch, perhaps?

    I reckon the mods will pull this; but, I thought it was worth sharing. Maybe it's worth the $ because it is the 'rare, backwards S model' ! :) Not mine, of course... http://austin.craigslist.org/spo/1958115283.html
  10. coachrick

    Shipping rackets...

    I know things have changed over the last couple of years. I wonder if USPS Priority Mail is still the 'easiest' way to ship a racket fairly quickly. Lots of folks using the 'two-box' method to save on packing costs(two Priority boxes taped end over end). Does anyone know the cheapest way to...
  11. coachrick

    Vintage Slazenger ready for battle!

    Don't beat me up for not having pictures :) ! Purchased this one on the b-a-y and strung 'er up with PS Multi 17 @ 50#. The only model reference is "Slazenger Titanium" on the throat badge. Titanium gray hairpin, dark chocolate Zytel throat similar in shape to the old PDP Open. Hang tag...
  12. coachrick

    Austin, TX tennis scene???

    After being spoiled by the vast tennis opportunities in Atlanta, GA for the past 25 years, I find a move to Austin a possibility. Would anyone have any info regarding the general tennis scene(particularly public) in the area? I'm having a hard time imagining leaving one of the busiest public...
  13. coachrick

    Did I miss the thread about the Volkl...

    change in distribution in the US? (Effective 1/07)
  14. coachrick

    On the other hand...

    Actually, I used my 'regular' hand but what was different was the 30 year old Yonex 8500 aluminum racket I played with. I've been a Volkl guy for years and enjoy many of their current frames but my partners/opponents actually expressed disbelief at some of the shots I made with a racket from...
  15. coachrick

    NoBadMojo--a favor, if you please

    An ex-teaching pro friend and his wife are looking for a condo/house in your neck of the woods(more to the north=somewhat less $?). This would be a vacation home/rental unless they just get fed up with Atlanta traffic! I've only been there once and don't have any contacts. Would you have any...
  16. coachrick

    Table-top users...

    I noticed our local Ace Hardware is selling a Black and Decker work station that might fill the bill if you are looking for a rolling cart for your table-top stringer. I used a similar unit before switching to a wooden microwave cart at the request of DW. The somewhat techy look of the B &amp...
  17. coachrick

    Anyone in Rome, Italy?

    Anyone in Rome, Italy 27-29 of May and/or 4-6 of June? Crossing the pond for the first time in my long and checkered life. Not a tennis trip but if anyone is in the Rome or Amalfi area, I'll give you a shout! 10scoachrick@comcast.net
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