Classic METAL Racquets Thread - ALUMINIUM to TENSILIUM

jimbo333

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I thought maybe classic METAL racquets deserved their own thread:)

So I reckon it all started here in about 1925 with the Birmal!

Made in Birmingham England and made of Aluminium:)

 
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jimbo333

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Not sure of the year of this one in the late 70's, someone will know:)

It's the Slazenger X10, made of Tensilium!



It was used by Manuel Orantes!



You can see Borg thinking "Why are you about to use that awful new metal racquet against me, and it doesn't matter as you'll lose anyway" LOL
 

galain

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I don't have any pics, but classics from my youth -

The green Yonex/Yoneyama YY ???
Slazengers Panther
Dunlop's Volley
Slazengers Challenge X-2 (I think)
The Princes (especially the Mag Pro)
and - Head made a beautiful stick in the mid 80's but i can't put my finger on its name. Tournament Edge perhaps?

I don't remember the metals being around for very long - but they were great fun to play with.
 

jimbo333

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I don't have any pics, but classics from my youth -

The green Yonex/Yoneyama YY ???
Slazengers Panther
Dunlop's Volley
Slazengers Challenge X-2 (I think)
The Princes (especially the Mag Pro)
and - Head made a beautiful stick in the mid 80's but i can't put my finger on its name. Tournament Edge perhaps?

I don't remember the metals being around for very long - but they were great fun to play with.
All cool racquets, I reckon:)

The metals weren't around for long really. Basically the 70's as far as being popular. They were around before and after, but the metal racquets had their day mainly in the 70's!

Like I said in another thread though, as far as UK was concerned the metals were never anywhere near the dominant type of racquet. In the 70's wood still was the main racquet and that went to graphite in the early 80's quite quickly!

So metal in the UK didn't get much of a look in, and were quite rare to find sometimes! I think that's why I like them so much now:)
 
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jimbo333

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Let's not forget the Wilson T and TX series rackets.
Absolutely, the steel classics from the late 60's and 70's:)

This is gpt's great photo montage of the Wilson T2000, also showing the original Lacoste version!

 
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jimbo333

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And here's the Aluminium original Weed:)

It's about 140sqin!

(My photo doesn't do it justice unfortunately)

 

joe sch

Legend
Superb Joe:)

Have you played with it?

(And love the fact the photo is called "T2000Pasta":)
Yes, I did take it out for a hit and as advertised, the ball took all kinds of crazy flight paths. I did not hit for too long since I wanted to keep this extremely labor intensive string job intact as a show piece.
 

joe sch

Legend
Would like to see a photo of the Chemold Rocket:)
I have a few diff metals pictured at this page:

http://www.woodtennis.com/newMetal/newMetal.html

and a laver chemold at this page:

http://www.woodtennis.com/laver/

and how about the rosewall seamco:

http://www.woodtennis.com/rosewall/seamco_rosewall1.jpg

another classic metal is the gonzales spalding smasher:

http://www.woodtennis.com/panchogonzales/panchogonzales3racketsa.jpg

and the newk tiebreaker:

http://www.woodtennis.com/newcombe/
 
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coachrick

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Here's a good one!

A Slazenger Titanium XL:)



I've got a never-strung w/tag Slaz Ti coming any day! I was not aware of this model when it was 'current' (?). Not sure if I will string it or not...might be fun to add to the hitting collection.

One challenge I'm having is taking out all these itty-bitty rackets in our never-ending 25mph+ winds !!! Makes chasing that ball quite a task! :)
 

tennis005

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I hear you. Texas is quite a windy place this time of year. What's fun is hitting a lob straight up in the wind and watching land three courts away.
 

gamma366

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Is there someone can explain why the same metal frame was made or sold by different brands? I.e WILSON T 2000- LACOSTE(I DON'T REMEMBER THE MODEL) or PDP OPEN-HEAD PROFESSIONAL-ADIDAS NDS660(CORRECT?) and a frame by DUNLOP endorsed by Colin Dibley and Evonne Goolagong . Thanks
 

joe sch

Legend
Is there someone can explain why the same metal frame was made or sold by different brands? I.e WILSON T 2000- LACOSTE(I DON'T REMEMBER THE MODEL) or PDP OPEN-HEAD PROFESSIONAL-ADIDAS NDS660(CORRECT?) and a frame by DUNLOP endorsed by Colin Dibley and Evonne Goolagong . Thanks
The Lacoste metal was the prototype for the wilson t2000.
PDP and Head did not make any rackets that were designed like the T-series metals. Are you confusing models ?
 

coachrick

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The Lacoste metal was the prototype for the wilson t2000.
PDP and Head did not make any rackets that were designed like the T-series metals. Are you confusing models ?
I think gamma was comparing the Head Pro, PDP Open and Dunlop Volley...all similar in that they were aluminum hairpins with nylon/zytel throat inserts--but, they were NOT the same rackets(not even the same hairpin). The other metal reference was what you mentioned--the T2000 and Lacoste 'twins'.
 

jimbo333

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Is there someone can explain why the same metal frame was made or sold by different brands? I.e WILSON T 2000- LACOSTE(I DON'T REMEMBER THE MODEL) or PDP OPEN-HEAD PROFESSIONAL-ADIDAS NDS660(CORRECT?) and a frame by DUNLOP endorsed by Colin Dibley and Evonne Goolagong . Thanks
Yes, I know what you mean, although as explained above some of those that you've mentioned are actually slightly different racquets!

But, when they are the same, it is normally because the brands or designs were owned the same company.

For example as Joe was basically saying the design for the Wilson T2000 was sold by Lacoste, and then Lacoste and Wilson both produced basically the same racquet!

Similar with the PDP Open which is identical to a Le Coq Sportif metal (which I can't remember the name of), either both brands owned by same people (not sure here), or patent sold to the other brand/company!
 

gamma366

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Thanks a lot guys! Do you know if exists a website where to find the history of racket brands? I didn't find anything. I'd like to know which end had such glorious brands like Snauwaert, Bancroft, Donnay, PDP and Spalding(rackets). Thanks in advance
 

jimbo333

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Thanks a lot guys! Do you know if exists a website where to find the history of racket brands? I didn't find anything. I'd like to know which end had such glorious brands like Snauwaert, Bancroft, Donnay, PDP and Spalding(rackets). Thanks in advance
The nearest to what you're looking for is maybe "80s-tennis.com":)

Not really a history of brands, but probably nearest to what you're after!
 

jimbo333

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And here is probably the rarest of the Wilson metal T-Series, the Wilson III:)





I think like the "C-1 Jimmy Connors" it's an updated version of the T3000?
 

max

Legend
In my book, the T-2000 really made people pay attention to metal.

I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Red Head, the Head Professional. Used by Bettina Bunge and Wojtek Fibak.
 

MAXXply

Hall of Fame
Did another variant succeed this HEAD Master 2 or was this the final version of HEAD's metal rackets at the time ? :confused:



 

gpt

Professional
In my book, the T-2000 really made people pay attention to metal.

I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Red Head, the Head Professional. Used by Bettina Bunge and Wojtek Fibak.
I thought the same thing.

I found an All Pro branded racquet in a junk shop that is pretty much an exact copy of the Head Pro right down to the throat insert.
 

Kemitak

Professional
Here's my new Head Vector (Thanks to coachrick for not outbidding me). When I get it strung, I'll let everyone know how it plays, if you're interested. To answer MAXXply's question, I'm guessing the Vector came after the Master 2. The tag on the Vector says 1980.







 

coachrick

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Here's my new Head Vector (Thanks to coachrick for not outbidding me). When I get it strung, I'll let everyone know how it plays, if you're interested. To answer MAXXply's question, I'm guessing the Vector came after the Master 2. The tag on the Vector says 1980.
Glad you got it! I can't see a difference between the Master 2 and the original(is there a change in the throat insert?). I'll bet we didn't sell a half-dozen Masters after the Edge was introduced. For our shop, the Master faded well before the Vector hit the stores.

BTW, I missed THREE 'auctions' on that site by a total of one-dollar and fifty cents! THREE different listings by fifty cents EACH! Maybe somebody is trying to tell me something :) .

They're not all for me...I promise! I re-furb playable rackets to give to a local tennis center to be used in their after-school and community tennis programs. Gotta watch the budget since I don't charge for the rackets or the re-hab work. (Yeah, I'm KEEPING the Slaz Ti. )
 

coachrick

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Oh well, this is my last photo.

It is the Superb looking Dunlop XLT-15:)



Back in my Dunlop rep days, I filled in at a retail store in Atlanta to help out a friend. This was the first beautiful Saturday before the start of spring ALTA and the store was PACKED!!! We had closed out the XLT-15 and the retail sale price was $19.99 plus stringing. I sold and strung 21 rackets that day---FIFTEEN of them were the XLT-15! :)

The XLT 'egg-shape' came and went pretty quickly in Atlanta. Dunlop made too many models based on the unusual shape. Too bad it didn't have the cachet of the Kneissl sticks back then!
 

jimbo333

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Here's my new Head Vector (Thanks to coachrick for not outbidding me). When I get it strung, I'll let everyone know how it plays, if you're interested. To answer MAXXply's question, I'm guessing the Vector came after the Master 2. The tag on the Vector says 1980.

A great metal racquet:)

Similar to my metal Head - Final (String-Lock)!



 

jimbo333

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More photos of the metal Head - Final (String-Lock):)







Realise I've posted these before, but it's such a great racquet!
 
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