Discussion in 'Racquets' started by TennisMaverick, Jan 7, 2011.
Ask on forum, someone may have one or two.
I have one in grip size 4 3/8. 9.5/10. I used it for like 3 hours or so. let me know if you are interested. I also string rackets so I could string it up as well if you do not have a stringer.
I have one too that's barely used. PM me if interested.
think mine is 4 1/2"
Any new BB frames?
Any Melbourne users still out there ? I figured I would try to revive this thread since it appears that multiple retailers have come into some supply of this frame again. Not sure if they are newly manufactured or old stock. Anyone know ?
interesting, thanks for the heads up.
I still use em...have 4.
They're new rackets. Becker re-released them. This was confirmed by TW staff awhile back. They are NOT "New-old-stock".
Ordered 2 new BB's. gave away my old ones in the spring as they had a lot mileage on them even though they were spotless I was not using them much. I feel like a frame can break down after so many string jobs and hours on court. Started playing a couple times a week again and in some dubs tournaments and miss my old Melby's.
Got out and played my first match with the Melbourne's today. won 6-0, 6-2. Power level is so much better than the 200GMW, I was shocked at how effortless I was pasting corners with good pop and spin. I have the standard grips which are more square than the attiva pallets on my old melbournes, but because I am not playing a ton, I think this summer I will try to just get used to these. The only place I was off was on my serve where the 5/8" grip along with a boxier grip shape was messing me up a bit, but other wise I quickly found my groove from all parts of the court. I went with 17G Gosen micro sheep and to my surprise, really liked the feel of this string. I have them strung at 58# and they were very comfy. for less than $5.00 a set, this may be the best kept secret in tennis. Glad TW brought these back as for match play, I have not found a frame that better suits me that this one. Sure I stray to other frames looking for the Goat, but If I have to go into a match, I think the Melbourne is reliable, versatile and has an excellent power level that I had forgotten about. Great stick..
I picked up 2 melbournes when they came back in stock at TW recently. Couldn't agree more, this racquet is a real sleeper. I was searching for a racquet with more control than my C10 pros and this frame more than fills the bill with an equal amount of comfort. The thing I like the best about this frame is that the denser 18x20 string pattern allows me to swing out more with confidence the ball will stay in the court. The other thing I appreciate is I can use a more comfortable multi string and still have great control. Currently using PPC 17 at 55 lbs. No need for poly in this frame to gain control which is a real plus in my book.
After getting out 3 times this week, I am feeling like the swing weight on these new releases is a bit higher than the originals I had from 3 years ago. The weight and balance feel the same in hand, but they feel heavier than I remember when I am playing. I had my old ones weighted up at 3:00 & 9:00 and I would not even think of doing that with these right now. It may be just an adjustment period, moving from my much easier swinging 200g Mw"s. Next time I see my pal I gave my old ones to, I'll have to compare and see if there is something there, or if it's just my old age creeping up on me. My opponent who I hit with regularly thought I was hitting much bigger today than our last outing, where I was using my Dunlops. The mass and balance of this frame really allows for a relaxed swing that results in good spin and depth with relative ease. The Gosen string was moving around a lot today and it shows why its a $3.00+ string. Still played well, but I haven't had to realign my strings in a racket in years and it was driving me a little nuts today.
I still love the Melbournes. Had to take several months off the game for a hip replacement, when I got back out it felt like an old friend in hand.
I just bought from TW the Becker Melbourne and am currently play-testing. I'm a one-handed backhand, all court player. I've been using the Volkl Tour 10 V-E Mid for 10 years and love it. Even though I take good care and don't throw my frames, the T10VE Mids are getting pretty old and I thought I might try something new. I almost pulled the trigger on a Volkl PB10 Mid since so many people rave, but the price was right on the Melbourne so I thought I'd give it a try. It's only been three days of testing, but I have some initial thoughts. BTW, I always use Yonex 850 Pro string at racquet's mid-tension.
- The Melbourne has quite a bit more pop than my old T10VE Mids.
- Even with the additional power, the control seems excellent.
- This racquet is tailor-made for deep, driving backhand slice.
- Volleys are crisp, stable and precise.
- Serve control is also pinpoint. I was a bit worried because I've had a bit of directional control on serves with previous mid-plus frames I've tried.
- Only downside so far is my topspin backhands are landing a bit long. Next string job I may go a few lbs. higher to see if that helps.
- I've always used 4 5/8ths grip (with Tourna Grip overwrap) and on the Melbourne the grip feels a bit bulky. I think once the stock grip compresses a bit with use it should be OK. I wonder if others have noticed Becker grips running larger than other brands?
I plan on playing some matches next week using the Melbourne and report back. It will be interesting to see if I can take full cuts with the Melbourne like I can with the V-Engine Mid. I've been hoping for a racquet with the laser control of the V-E, but with a bit more pop. So far, so good.
Melbourne is the only frame I can consistently use a driving slice as a an aggressive shot with. If I play dirt ballers or young top spin players, where I know I will be out there for a while, I have used the slice successfully as an offensive shot, and it really takes some players by surprise. My 1HBH topspin drive is extremely dependable and predictable with this frame, so having the slice as an alternates shot is great to have in the tool belt. I use to use a Poly gut hybrid in this frame, but I have found that good synthetics and multi also work well with this frame, and I don't seem to be losing any spin or weight of shot by not using a poly so far. Relaxed loose swings work best with this frame, ( as with any frame) and it is so solid from all areas of the court that my mindset is always to go out and play as much all court tennis as possible every time I step on the court as there are no real weakness with this frame. I have gotten acclimated with the Becker grip shape and it really has not posed any issues. Happy I went back to this frame. 3 years and counting and still love it as much as the first time I hit with it. Sphinx how's the hip holding up?
Played a tough Clay match yesterday. Lost 4-6,-2-6 after 3 hours against a much younger opponent. Serving and returns were solid. My ground game was a bit off today though. I was hitting out a lot flatter than usual, don't know why, but I hit more un forced errors than usual and that was the difference. No shoulder issues which was a concern coming from a lighter 200GMW, but I have had no problems. Next string set up will have a poly hybrid in it to give me a bit more bite than I am getting from the full synthetic set up. I wish they would re release the BB gut poly hybrid as I have used that set up for over 3 years now and it is no longer available. I tired some VS gut in my Dunlops and It feels much firmer and lower powered than I remember it being. I may have to go back to a Klip gut main with a Tourna poly cross? I'll see.
Strung up with 17G VS at 60#. I picked up ( finally) some Attiva Pallets, and although I was playing okay with the standard handle shape, the Attiva pallett is closer to a traditional handle shape and I immediately felt more comfortable with the upgraded pallet shape.I felt like the standard Becker grip shape was locking me into an eastern FH grip and a SW grip felt odd. The Attiva shape is better suited for me to use a SW forehand grip and my ground strokes are not feeling back to normal. I now have 4 of these and I rotate between frames when I play. Great stick and I am glad I came back to it this summer.
Wow, I missed a few posts here.
Basil - Hip is doing great now. 2 months shy of a year on it and I finally feel like I'm getting a real groove back...being young helps a lot in the recovery and response. I didn't realize how much the arthritis had changed my game in the preceding year or two. I didn't think I'd ever be able to impose my game on my opponents at a 4.5 level again. It's a nice change of pace compared to figuring out how to counter with my increasingly limited toolbox
I still string this up at 55/51 on my dropweight with Volkl V-feel. Played a 4.5 doubles mixer on Sunday and pulled out 3 of 4 sets. First USTA match in roughly 2 years coming up tonight. Will be fun to get back out there.
Hi Basil J
Were you using the Dunlop 4D Aerogel 200 Tours some time ago? How do those compare to the BB Melbournes? Thanks
How does BB Melbourne compare to the following rackets? Better than C10 Pro or Redondo?
- ProKennex Redondo MP (18x20)
- Volkl C10 Pro
- Wilson Six One 95 (18x20)
I switched to the Melbourne from the C10 pro about 6 months ago and haven't looked back. The weight class is about the same and it's about the same RA (~62) although the head does not feel as flexy as the C10. Main reason I changed was the additional control due to the 18x20 pattern. For me the C10 needed a dead string like poly in order to control the power. With the Melbourne I can use multi with no control issues. My arm can't take poly.
Thank you! Unfortunately there seems to be no demo for Becker frames. Maybe will get used frames of Melbourne & C10 to narrow it down. I need some help with the power; so, C10 may workout better.
Anyone played with Volkl Super G 10 325 can compare to Melbourne?
Got out for my second USTA match post hip replacement and I don't intend on ever leaving this racquet. I keep going to back to how all around solid this stick is. Serves, slice, net, groundies. It's all there. It's just up to me to play. We pulled out an easy 2,4.
My first match out, lost 3,4 to a team we should have beat. Now that I'm getting my match chops back, I'm seeing the play improving in consistency and effectiveness. My favorite shot of the night, a returned second serve to me at the baseline about shoulder height. I couldn't get back in time for my typical forehand so I took a huge slice and drove it cross court for the forced error. I don't think I'll ever lose the awe of the driving slice the Melly can produce.
glad to hear you are back on the courts.
both good frames, I found that for me, the BB was an easier racket for me to play consistent ball with.The AG 200T was a frame that tempted me to go for winners all the time and my winning percentage was lower than with my BB.
Good frame but too stiff for me to use on a regular basis. The ncode 6.1 18 x 20 was the beginning of arm issues for me.It was also my favorite frame for a long time. With Poly, it wrecked my shoulder.
I am still bouncing from the Donnay X-Dual Platinum 99(weighted) and Dunlop 4D AG 200T. Less power with the former, better spin despite the 18 x 20, certainly whippier. Food for thought.
Just ordered this one from TW, looking for more forgiving frame than Prestige MP....
Let us know what you think after hitting with it!
I've hit 7-8 hours with it so far. Great so far for groundies and volleys. Have not dialed in for serving yet. Trying 2.5g tungsten at 10 and 2 oclock area.
Last 1-2 years, I'm basically struggling to switch from Head Prestige MP I've played 10+ years.
I'm hoping to find tad more forgiving and/or powerful than my prestige.
I have hit with like 10 frames and settled with Technifibre Tfight 325 last 6 months and I like its power but does not like its feel.
pretty surprised by melbourne's power from groundies but not dialed in with serving yet.
2 quick questions for you:
1. What is your string setup?
2. Is there a particular serve that's troublesome?
Took the winter off from tennis for the first time in years.Too busy with the kids ski programs and I have kind of lost interest due to the limited time I have available to play. I got my frame strung with 17G VS gut last September and played maybe 3 times before I put it away for the winter. Broke her out last weekend and was shocked to see that the tension was still perfect and the frame played great. it literally took me about 15 minutes before I was dialed back into my forehands and about another 10 minutes of hitting to find my range on the BH side. I just hit ground strokes for an hour and some volleys and overheads and called it a day. No reorientation needed. My shoulder felt great and am looking forward to hitting the ball around again this weekend if it doesn't rain. I got my first Melbourne in 2012. I have 2 from 2102 and 2 from last summer. the new ones are bit more head heavy, than my old ones, but not to the degree that I prefer one over the other. I hope to be able to play a little more this year than last year. I know I won't be looking at any new frames.
Hey Basil, I have been plaing the prince pog 100's and I love them. I still wonder about the melbourne and now that they are so cheap, very tempting. I might get one just to see. I have my pogs strung with synthetic and weghted up to about 12.3oz and over 10pts headlight. Launch angle is high with the string pattern, but I really can't complain. Having said all that, have you played with the pog 100 and can you compare it to the melbourne? I Do like the soft 18 20 that the backer mp used to be. Are the becker grip shapes still very rectangular or have they come closer to square than they used to be. Thanks, Mark
Anyone know where I can pick up some spare Grommet sets for the Melbourne or know of alternate sets that match? The options to pick some up are rather sparse...
You are correct in the sense that this frame is (or was, if it's not going to be sold again) a real sleeper. I am grateful that i was able to read tennis maverick's detailed reviews which at least made me try out this frame even though my game was simply not good enough then, and though i knew there would be some improving game pain involved this frame is simply outstanding in all respects, and it was well worth it. I did not expect the kind of spin i am getting in this 18x20 frame (though the recessed grommets @3,9 may have something to do with it), and i have tried different poly's (usually medium (snakebite 17) to high powered (red cyclone tour 17)) @52-55 lbs respectively with great results.
I had added some lead (about 4 grams) but it's really not necessary with my setup and plays great without it. Volleys, half volleys, serves are lethal and precise. The sweet spot is dead center and not huge but adequate. One highly underrated frame, if there was one.
I don't think it was underrated by players that gave it a chance. I wonder what kind of following it would have had as a Volkl 10 series instead of being shot off to the vanity line of Boris Becker.
Great point, after all this (and the legend) were based on the quantum 10 tour, however i don't think it would have made a huge difference since even the power bridge 10 mid which in my opinion one of the finest frames ever made and was quite successful (i've never played with the London tour, and some claim that was even more precise though it required customization) was ultimately discontinued, only the c10 pro is still going strong. It's a real pity though since the Melbourne is a truly refined stick and i said underrated because it's at least as good as any of the Wilson six one 95 or k 95 series (18x20) without the arm and elbow shredding (at least in my case) and more stable.
I hear ya and completely agree that it competes with the best and is much more comfortable on the arm. I have a London Tour but don't break it out for play anymore. I would say it's more precise but not as versatile imo
Not directly related to the Melbourne, but while
I don't like stiff poly's myself (luxilon, solinco tour bite etc) even at low tension and especially in a 18x20 pattern, i have recently tried the red Volkl cyclone tour 16 & 17 @ 55/53 (mains/cross) in my Melbourne and loved the power, control, spin even though the feedback was slightly muted. One must keep in mind that this is a soft and elastic string and will lose tension faster (~ 3 lbs) than a stiffer poly string but it has worked well for me so far and i am sold for now. Of course, if you prefer high tensions ( > 57 lbs) then this may not be the right choice.
here I am again spring of 2017 getting back to some tennis. I only played a few times over the winter due to my kids both ski racing and working 2 jobs, tennis feel down the priority ladder. I got out and hit for an hour last weekend and I was surprised that my groundies were not bad a all considring the limited amount of tennis I have played over the last 2 seasons. My foot work was off a bit but I was happy with how I hit.
I am getting my BB's strung up with some Klip gut and Tourna poly crosses and plan on playing both days this weekend.I have 4 Melbournes, two from 2012 an 2 from 2015, all in excellent shape 1 still in the plastic. I wont be playing league ball this summer, but I hope to play at least 1 or 2 times a week and get some matches in. My schedule is finally slowing down a bit so I think Tennis can come back into my life again, with some regularity. I'm 56 now and still in pretty good shape so I am looking forward to challenging myself against some younger guys and see how I hold up. No plans on changing my frame. I am all in and just need to work on anticipation and footwork, along with getting my serve going.
Love it! Welcome back!
Good to hear you are back Basil.
I did not touch a racket in 2 seasons due to shoulder issues. Planning on trying this summer. If interested, give me a call.
Who strings your rackets now days?
I wish they could re-release this racquet, great control and secure feel.
Becoming a member of the club... One nice looking BB Melbourne on it's way... Very excited to try it
Welcome. Those frames are very stable. I still like them. And have 2 brand new stashed.
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Hey Mike, I am glad you are feeling better and may be up to some hitting. You still have my number, give me a ring if you want to hit some balls. I work from 3:00-8:00 at the center so mornings work best for me.
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