Classic String Talk

Dino Lagaffe

Hall of Fame
This thread is the forum for classic strings. Feel free to add pics, comments, questions, stories or whatever about classic strings.
 

Dino Lagaffe

Hall of Fame




coachrick:
LeoinaUFO came in a hot pink before pink was cool . In its time, Toalson was a pretty good string, a joy to install compared to the heavy Leoina 66. Stuff would saw itself in half back in the days of multiple shared string holes. I don't recall stringing any 'graphite' UFO...used plenty of black and hot pink in the Prince Pros back then.

TOA got a lot of miles from that sketch of John Newcombe on the package.

Remember when sets went from 33' to 36' ? Gosen was the first to offer 40' sets as standard back in '83 or so. Is your set 10m?

Nice post...it would be interesting to see some of the old packaging from the good old days!
dataseviltwin:
thaaat's a blast from the past...
vwfye:
man... i went through reals of 66 on the college team in was on. UFO was too expensive!
 

jswinf

Professional
A string I liked a lot in the 1970s was Leoina Horn, had a very fine wire twisted in with the synthetic gut. Felt really good to hit with.
 

Ripper014

Hall of Fame
I remember a few of these strings... the Leoina UFO and the Horn with the thin metal wire in the string. I also remember the Supreme Gut with the Kangaroo and Imperial Gut.

Other than that I can only remember off the top of my head... Hy-O-sheep an oil filled string and Hy-sheep without the oil... of course Leoina 66, Leoina 77 and Leonia Graphite. Of course there was Super Blue... the cheapest nylon you could buy.

Other than that... I was using string by a local distributor called Black Knight.

Oh and of course the first mulitfibre Blue Star.
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Retrowagen, any experience with the strings posted so far in the thread? Also, at what tension and in what racquets did you use the 66?
No, Dino, sorry but I haven't any experience with any of the other strings you have shown, although the packaging certainly is interesting to see (I like the English text on the Japanese strings, it's fun to read, and I'm not sure how popular the Babolat Maillot would have been in the English-speaking world with a proud "BM" emblem on the front).

Leoina 66 was a favourite in my Head Graphite Vector (circa 1983) @ 60 lbs.. Then from 1984-1987 in my Kneissl White Star Pro Masters, Masters 10's, and Adidas Lendl GTX Pros at 62-65 lbs (which would collapse the Kneissl frames after a couple months; the central mains would pull through at the top of the hoop). Then later in 1987 in my Max 200g's @ 60 lbs., then in 1988-1991 in my Head Elite Pros @ 60 lbs, then in 1992 in my Fischer Vacuum Elliptics @ 60 lbs. Then I took 13 years off and had no racquets strung.

Nowadays, I use Wilson NXT 16ga. @ 57 lbs. in my Elite Pros, it keeps its tension better and lasts quite a bit longer than the Leoina 66. However, the Leoina is much cheaper, and a really underrated string that I think works well for a player whose game is built around hitting mostly flat.

I am told by some that it also works well in lawn trimmers. But I can't say.
 

Virginia

Hall of Fame
Leoina 66 (15L) is still my all-time favourite string.
retro, that's the string I have in one of my Chris frames - absolutely love it, it's so soft. One of my other Chris's has the original Chris Pro Synthetic string (the stencil is still as clear as the day it was put on) and my stringer says it's also the Leoina 66, just under the Chris name.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
, and I'm not sure how popular the Babolat Maillot would have been in the English-speaking world with a proud "BM" emblem on the front).
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Thankfully, they added the third gut division--WITT--and ended up with BMW for initials :) . My tool kit case has the BMW logo on it. It was my understanding that one division produced strings for musical instruments, one produced surgical sutures and the third produced racket strings. Have to say that BMW cars weren't popular enough to be on the radar for folks who might confuse the two companies(BMW motorcycles are another story). We just referred to the strings by model name...VS, AFV, Africord, et al.

Anyone remember the Declasse strings from BMW? Pretty good stuff sometimes; other times, not so much.

How about Vilalta Vich or VV strings...used by Nastase for a time...beautiful stuff!

I remember getting a 'deal' on some American Eagle gut that had been 'lost' in the warehouse for years...that was some THICK stuff...way hard to string!

How about PDP Rough Gut...green spiral...used by Roscoe Tanner at one point...nasty, barbed-wire looking rope that would 'unspiral' in a flash if you weren't very careful.

These 'kids' on TW don't know the heartache of having 4-6-8 shared holes in a wood or sandwich composite frame and having to install 15ga natural gut(uncoated)!! :) Of course, we had to walk 10 miles uphill in the snow(barefoot!) to get to the tennis shop, also! :)
 

Snipergene

Rookie
How about PDP Rough Gut...green spiral...used by Roscoe Tanner at one point...nasty, barbed-wire looking rope that would 'unspiral' in a flash if you weren't very careful.
Wow I think I had those strings on my PDP Open once. Thanks for bringing a nice memory!
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
How about PDP Rough Gut...green spiral...used by Roscoe Tanner at one point...nasty, barbed-wire looking rope that would 'unspiral' in a flash if you weren't very careful.
That was my string of choice back in the day. I remember it as being great stuff, but who knows now.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
That was my string of choice back in the day. I remember it as being great stuff, but who knows now.

PDP Rough Gut might make an interesting main-string for a hybrid...would be a lot easier to install nowadays with fewer/no shared holes in most sticks.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
The best Pacific String I have ever used. I like the amber color. It would be nice if Pacific would have amber gut strings again.


 

Don't Let It Bounce

Hall of Fame
In 1985 my Magnesium Pros would accept no substitute for Leoina UFO pink. The kids at the camp where i was teaching called it "bubble gum string".

The next summer I had gotten a great deal on some cheap gut that MAY have been American Eagle. It was black, and I know it had been around since standard-size racquets because there was so damned little of it. (I had to pull the last string in a Spectrum Comp OS by hand.) It was either uncoated or badly coated, and the kids and the other coaches called that one "Smellygut". In fact, just a couple weeks ago a friend from those days brought up the topic of the infamous Smellygut, so I guess real legends never die.
 

joe sch

Legend
I just had to resurrect this thread I came across... :)
Scary to think that some current stringers would refer to something like Lux as a "classic" string !!! Young whippersnappers !!! :laughing:
Lux has dominated for two decades and not been around much more than three decades so surely Not classic. Here is the history:

LUXILON has been working on developping strings since 1987. When it launched the BIG BANGER ORIGINAL in 1991 and the BIG BANGER ALU POWER in 1994, it was clear this string was different. Gustavo Kuerten won the French Open in 1997 and all the rest is history.

Pro players adore this string and now 71% of the ATPR TOP 100 and 52% of the WTAR play LUXILON tennis strings.

 
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