Bancroft newport 94 mid size racket help!

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  1. Buckethead

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    Guys, that is all I know.
    Does anyone know anything about this racket?
    It looks very much like a HEAD racket, the shape at least.
    It has 16x19 pattern, about 5 HL, weighing 355g.
     
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  2. Buckethead

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    I can't believe that no one on this forum knows anything about this racket.
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  3. Don T.

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    I have one but can't tell you anything more than you stated about it as mine is NOS and never been hit with. Here's a couple quick pics for those that have never seen one.

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  4. vwfye

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    wow, that looks like a black max clone!
     
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  5. Don T.

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    That it does...info on it is...
    Graphite-Comp
    Distributed World wide by General Sportcraft Co. USA
     
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  6. Buckethead

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    That is the one.
    It looks like a HEAD racket, it is a beautiful racket, old style.
     
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  7. Don T.

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    How does your's hit?
     
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  8. coachrick

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    No bumper guard? Early '80s, I reckon. Looks like the Spalding GC of that era(1981 or so). I had a Bancroft stringing machine from that time(Ektelon clone with REALLY bad clamps). Kind of a shame that Bancroft and Davis/Victor couldn't hang on. They were so popular in the '70s.
     
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  9. Buckethead

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    I hit with it yesterday for about 15 mins. Good spin access even with shi...y string.
    Not as stable as my Yonex's. On the high part of the string bed it vibrates a lot.
    I will test more I think tomorrow.
    I may want to buy another just to have it. But I wouldn't pay more than $25 bucks for it shipped.
     
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  10. Don T.

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    $25 shipped for a used one would be a great deal...if you could even find another one.
     
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  11. uncle pollo

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    I hit today with mine ... for 3 hours in total.

    While my new racquet is arriving, i had great fun hittin with this old racquet with the original Reagan era stringing.

    It really made me be more proactive on planning my stroke, since its swingweight equals to a small komodo dragon. I am a manly man and this racquet made me cry like a little brazilian soccer fan.
     
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  12. Fearsome Forehand

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    I have one. They seem identical to the Bancroft Kingston, graphics aside. Good weight, balance and flex. Around 12 ounces strung.
    Flex is probably in the 55 to 60 range. 16x19 pattern. Sort of like an old Prestige with a little more flex.
     
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  13. Don T.

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  14. racquetfreak

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    Bancroft also made a kingston 94 -same design except with gold and blue pinstripes. must be a rhode island thing.
     
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  16. 1HandedBackhand

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    Just bought one of these in great condition at the Goodwill today. The racket even has the original string and stencil. Don't know if I want to sell it or restring it and hit with it.
     
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  17. BorgCash

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    Get this one several days ago. The next day tried it and liked very much. Plays soft with classic racquet feeling, quite precise and powerful if you have classic technique. Unfortunately i brake strings after 10 min., seems they were installed back in 1986.
     
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  18. BorgCash

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    I think the difference between these two models is in graphite contents. Newport is graphite coposite and Kingston is pure graphite.
     
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