Anybody still using a "Classic" racket (1990s and earlier) as their main racket?

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
My arm hurts a little just looking at that pic! A few of the Girls' Nat'l 14s players(ca 1981) got those on the free list. Fortunately, they also got nat gut to put in them.
Only used VS Africord, the red gut in it. Switched to the Head XRC, bit more comfy later. Still have both, Ultra 2 was killer stiff IMHO

ps Switched to the Yamaha Secret 04, then Wilson Air-shell Profile 3.0 95, stiff? Forgetaboutit!
 
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vandre

Hall of Fame
i dunno if its "classic" or not, but i hit over 1000 balls with my old rqis 1 tour one day last week
and i didn't die....
 

-Kap-

Rookie
Any noticeable difference between the Tour and the LE. Weight, stiffness. Reviews stated the LE was based on the Ti.Radical OS.
The racquets have different molds, but the weight feels the same. A more advanced player might be able to distinguish differences in flex (if any), but I can use them interchangeably. The only real difference I notice is the grip shape, since I had swapped out the pallets on the LEs with the rounder Speed pallets, while the Tours still have the original, rectangular ones. (Note that my Tours aren't from the original Austrian production run, but a Chinese reissue that was released years later, and don't have any Twaron in the layup, so they may vary in feel from the original.)
 

Plainsman83

New User
My arm hurts a little just looking at that pic! A few of the Girls' Nat'l 14s players(ca 1981) got those on the free list. Fortunately, they also got nat gut to put in them.
Well that possibly why the top 14 & under girl in my hometown (and very strong sectionally) was playing with the Ultra right around that time. I was a bit of an equipment geek back then even at the tender age of 16 and thought that was a bit of a handful of a frame for a 14 year old girl. They were not a cheap frame by any means and I just put it down to her Dad (a successful local businessman) having the means to buy her "the best".
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Well that possibly why the top 14 & under girl in my hometown (and very strong sectionally) was playing with the Ultra right around that time. I was a bit of an equipment geek back then even at the tender age of 16 and thought that was a bit of a handful of a frame for a 14 year old girl. They were not a cheap frame by any means and I just put it down to her Dad (a successful local businessman) having the means to buy her "the best".
Didn't Sister Mary Andrea Jaegermeister use the Ultra BITD?
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Yep, Andrea Jaeger used the OG Ultra standard, and the Ultra 2 standard.

Her shoulder going bad might have something to do with that. I’ll have to read her autobiography again soon, to see if her equipment choices are discussed; I can’t remember.

Those Wilson Ultras were ultra-expensive back in the day!
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
I believe you are correct on that. Those are the memories that make this forum so much fun. Maybe you should take yours out for a moonball session.
Saw an exhibition between Harold Solomon and Jimmy Connors in our basketball arena. They hit moonballs over the Pat Rafters into the court. Memories
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Yep, Andrea Jaeger used the OG Ultra standard, and the Ultra 2 standard.

Her shoulder going bad might have something to do with that. I’ll have to read her autobiography again soon, to see if her equipment choices are discussed; I can’t remember.

Those Wilson Ultras were ultra-expensive back in the day!
All the graphites were ~$200. May be surprised how expensive the Dunlop MAX200G was too
 

Frankc

Professional
The classic frame in my bag has assumed the "big dog" role recently.
Those gorgeous MIA Fischer Vacuum 90s have come to life with a new Multi - low at 40M 38X... The control and touch and power is all there now... but those Austrian engineers knew that all along... Too much fun... Feel and power...in a gorgeous package...
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
The classic frame in my bag has assumed the "big dog" role recently.
Those gorgeous MIA Fischer Vacuum 90s have come to life with a new Multi - low at 40M 38X... The control and touch and power is all there now... but those Austrian engineers knew that all along... Too much fun... Feel and power...in a gorgeous package...
Just whipped out the Revolution Vacuum Classic 98 yesterday. Could not master the Vacuum Classic 90 or find the ideal tension,
 

Plainsman83

New User
A friend of mine on my 55+ USTA team used a PT280 as his main racquet up until about 5 years ago when he switched to the ubiquitous Pure Drive. He didn't use the PT280 because he was an enthusiast but more because he didn't think it was worth buying new racquets. He only changed when he kept getting a lot of flack for "using that old piece of junk". We were chatting after playing last weekend and somehow the subject of the PT280 came up (I used them in the 90's and still have a pair that I take out occasionally since they play like a modern frame). He did not realize how well regarded the PT280/680/PT57A is regarded and that they are actually worth a couple bucks. Funny enough, our team captain uses a 15 year old Radical, another guy on the team uses an old Yonex, and another an old Head Liquidmetal. In fact, those of us on the team using "current generation" racquets are in the minority. Just to prove it ain't the racquet, our team is headed to Nationals in a few weeks (I can't go unfortunately).
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
I've been messing around a heck of a lot this past couple of years with a lot of rackets and string. Once I got a feel what most folks are using around here I decided go for comfort and fun. Took the leather off of everything but the JKA. Also am using 17 & 18g syn gut for the most part, although I do have 16g OGSM in the JKA but will be experimenting with 18 and 17g OGSM in my other pair of JKAs. Right now I am having the most fun with the 13oz/369g JKA and the 11.6oz/329g 93" Quantum Tour 10 Volkl, with the 2008 C10 Pro 12oz/340g and Head Trysis 260 (Austrian made) 11.7oz/332g as my current back up "granny" sticks.
 
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Plainsman83

New User
I've been messing around a heck of a lot this past couple of years with a lot of rackets and string. Once I got a feel what most folks are using around here I decided go for comfort and fun. Took the leather off of everything but the JKA. Also am using 17 & 18g syn gut for the most part, although I do have 16g OGSM in the JKA but will be experimenting with 18 and 17g OGSM in my other pair of JKAs. Right now I am having the most fun with the 13oz/369g JKA and the 11.6oz/329g 93" Quantum Tour 10 Volkl, with the 2008 C10 Pro 12oz/340g and Head Trysis 260 (Austrian made) 11.7oz/332g as my current back up "granny" sticks.
Volkl made some great stuff in the late 90's and into the 2000's along with some unmitigated crap. When Head discontinued the PT280 I switched over to the C9 Pro which was pretty similar and I played well with. The C10 Pro was another fine frame that several in my group used. When the C9 Pro was no longer available, my now defunct local pro shop inexplicably suggested one of the V engine models which seemed fine on demo but turned out to be the second worst racquet I ever played with after the original Wilson Profile that messed me up for years. The C9 Pro is one of my old sticks that I have never restrung and regripped (you all know how gross those old grips of that period can get). OK, now I think a trip to the pro shop is in order for this weekend.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Volkl made some great stuff in the late 90's and into the 2000's along with some unmitigated crap. When Head discontinued the PT280 I switched over to the C9 Pro which was pretty similar and I played well with. The C10 Pro was another fine frame that several in my group used. When the C9 Pro was no longer available, my now defunct local pro shop inexplicably suggested one of the V engine models which seemed fine on demo but turned out to be the second worst racquet I ever played with after the original Wilson Profile that messed me up for years. The C9 Pro is one of my old sticks that I have never restrung and regripped (you all know how gross those old grips of that period can get). OK, now I think a trip to the pro shop is in order for this weekend.
I, too, switched from the PT280 to Volkl...mainly the lighter 7,9, 10 series(not the Pro variants). Great sticks...until about 2000 or slightly later when the line went crazy. I was REALLY upset when I didn't get a proto of the V-engine...until I finally hit with one. I agree that it was one of the worst Volkls ever made.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
Yep, Andrea Jaeger used the OG Ultra standard, and the Ultra 2 standard.

Her shoulder going bad might have something to do with that. I’ll have to read her autobiography again soon, to see if her equipment choices are discussed; I can’t remember.

Those Wilson Ultras were ultra-expensive back in the day!
aaron krickstein used it too at one point lol

 

007

Professional
Here are my racquets...all used in regular rotation...all are old
slazenger X1 pro 2002
fischer VT98 pro 330 1997
volkl c7 pro (black/yellow) 2003
yonex rdti80 2003
pro kennex 5G pro 2015 but been around unchanged since like 2000
yonex rdis 200 2007
yonex rds002 tour 2011
 

Frankc

Professional
All in regular rotation...
Fischer Vacuum 90 c1993 -synthetic multi
Wilson Ultra Mid 85 - preBT7 thin gut
Head Premier Tour 93 - preBT7 thin gut
Pacific X Tour 97 - 2015 - pre BT7 thin gut
(But there is a favorite of the three...)
 
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Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
All in regular rotation...
Fischer Vacuum 90 c1993 -synthetic multi
Wilson Ultra Mid 85 - preBT7 thin gut
Head Premier Tour 93 - preBT7 thin gut
(But there is a favorite of the three...)
Owned all three but only have the Ultra 2 mid/85. Local MC Sports had a NOS Premier Tour for $29.95 before closing. Guess everyone read the TW reviews
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Seems like I’ll play with a certain model (in multiples) for s season or a year, then switch. Sometimes there’s a legitimate reason (i.e., coming back from an injury, having difficulty seeing the ball well, etc.), sometimes it’s just that I’d like a change.

Lately, my 1988 Head Elite Pros are parked, and I have been playing singles weekly with my 1991 Fischer Vacuum Elliptics and 1991 Vacuum Elliptic Pros. Working backwards, it’s been more or less like this:

Summer 2021- present: 1991 Fischer Vacuum Elliptic & Vacuum Elliptic Pro
2020-Summer 2021: 1988 Head Elite Pro
2019: Babolat Pure Strike 18x20
2017-2018: 1988 Head Elite Pro
2016: 1992 Fischer Elliptic
2015: Wilson Burn FST 95
2014: 1992 Fischer Vacuum Pro Classic 90
2012-2013: Fischer Vacuum Pro Classic 98
2007-2012: 1988 Head Elite Pro
2006: Head Prestige Classic 600
1991-2005: 1991 Fischer Vacuum Elliptic
1988-1990: 1988 Head Elite Pro
1987: 1987 Dunlop Max 200g, 1987 Head Club Pro
1984-1987: Kneissl White Star Pro Masters / Masters 10 / Adidas Lendl GTX Pro
1983: Head Graphite Vector
 

Frankc

Professional
Hmmm ... great list...
Actually, about to string up a MIA Fischer Elliptic ( marked SL, yet weighs in at a delicious 335 g unstrung with grip)...
 

Frankc

Professional
Owned all three but only have the Ultra 2 mid/85. Local MC Sports had a NOS Premier Tour for $29.95 before closing. Guess everyone read the TW reviews
If the truth be told, the real reason for the Ultra 2 Mid in my bag is out of total, undying respect for Hana...
 

RAPiper6

New User
Does anybody here use (or used to use) Head widebody racquets? I picked up a NOS head calibre 600 and am amazed by power, spin and feel in it. Which makes me curious about the others
 
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