Disintegrated grommets, old racquet, now what?

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A friend just dropped off an old Prince Response 110. The frame sticker date reads 1987! The frame itself is in beautiful condition, with totally 80's metallic flake burgundy paint perfectly in tact. But the grommets are cracked, crumbling, and unusable. Some grommets simply fell out as I removed the old strings from the frame.

I only began stringing about 10 month ago and I've never had to use products like nylon or Teflon tubing, power pads, Fittex grommets, badminton grommets, or Guardit bumper strips. But I love a good challenge so I'm researching those options. The challenge I'm running into is that all the information I've found on those products is fragmented and not easy to piece together. So I thought I'd call upon the expertise of this board and see if we can get a consolidated thread of the best methods for stringing frames with broken grommets and no available replacement kits specific to that frame.

Does anyone have an opinion of what my best course of action is?
 
#3
Thanks for the suggestion Struggle. I was reading another post in here from 2007 and someone had tried that for this particular racquet but it didn't work.
 
#4
There Is a place called tennis meanace that if they don't have the grommets, they could make them , but that comes with a good price.
 
#5
I have a Rossignol F-200 in the same boat. Half the grommets crumbled after I restrung her. I had to cut the strings out as they were cutting into the graphite! I think Fittex individual grommets may be the only solution as in my case.
 

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There Is a place called tennis meanace that if they don't have the grommets, they could make them , but that comes with a good price.
Agree with jim e. Unless you or your friend are really devoted to that stick, I am not sure the menace is worth it. Fitex will work but will be labor intensive--but since you've never used them, it might be good practice. Are you charging for this job?
 
#7
Agree with jim e. Unless you or your friend are really devoted to that stick, I am not sure the menace is worth it. Fitex will work but will be labor intensive--but since you've never used them, it might be good practice. Are you charging for this job?
I am charging, but not much. It’s for a friend of a friend. Since this will be a learning experience, I’m just looking to cover my expenses.


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#8
I agree with MAX PLY. Fittex is your best option. The grommet barrels on the Response are too narrow to accept tubing well. Ditto for badminton grommets. The Menace probably has a grommet kit in stock but will cost a fortune and no guarantee they won't start crumbling right away either. They are after all about 25 yrs old.
 
#9
I've also seen cases where someone bought a cheap grommet set for a different racket (see the 'Bay) and cut it into pieces that could be placed individually for each hole.
 
#10
Another grommet repair technique that works well with barrels that bend at the end (string exits barrel at an angle) is to back the grommet out of the hole and cut it at about the halfway point. Then turn the upper portion of the barrel around so the broken tip is now inside the frame and you have "new" plastic where the string exits. Personally, I usually discard the upper portion and replace with something newer and tighter fitting, but unlike the OP I've had years to accumulate lots of old grommet strips.

Another technique is to cut the strip and rotate the entire grommet barrel 180 degrees so that the cracked tip is facing the opposite direction and the string is sitting on uncracked plastic.
 

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#11
A number of weeks ago TW was selling Prince Graphite 107 grommets. I picked up 5 sets for 7.99 each. As far as I can tell they fit on all iterations of the POG OS 107.

I see they are no longer available but there seems to some available on the auction site for 39.95. I wonder if someone made a big order from TW, essentially wiping out reasonably priced grommets to ensure that 39.95 or higher seems to be a reasonable price. Or maybe there weren't that many available through TW in the first place.

I chopped a Wilson grommet set and used those individual grommets to work on an old Donnay Pro 25 but you can do the same with Fittex grommets. When one of my racket mods goes haywire I always pull the grommets before the racket hits the trash bin.
 
#12
I have some Synergy grommet strips, but there are 4 kinds. I have Response 90 grommets, but that won't help. If you were in the Richmond area, we could hold up some of the Synergy strips to see if the holes aligned.
 
#13
Sometimes you gotta ask yourself
"is the juice worth the squeeze?"
Ive turned rakets away for that reason
not worth the time or effort.. put all that money towards a 40$ fleabay raket from this century. ?
 
#14
@SPMoney: 2 sets for the Prince Precision Response OS are available a/o 10/7/18 0715 PT on the GSS website. Unsure if this is what you require since you only say Prince Response 110. You have to learn how to search since I have mentioned this site several times.
 
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@SPMoney: 2 sets for the Prince Precision Response OS are available a/o 10/7/18 0715 PT on the GSS website. Unsure if this is what you require since you only say Prince Response 110. You have to learn how to search since I have mentioned this site several times.
Thanks. The precision response is the wrong racquet.
I know how to search. And I have searched. Which is why I'm not looking the exact grommet set for this racquet. From what I can tell they don't exist. I'm asking the question: when there are no grommet sets available, what's the best course of action?

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graycrait

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what's the best course of action?
I know it is ugly but it works. This is a Donnay Pro 25 that is great condition but the grommets were brittle and broke so I took one or two old grommet sets and cut it up. If there is a next time for this sort of thing I will use Fittex grommets and super glue them in place. I have done that before when I needed to replace 10 or 12 grommets in an older Prince MP. I was clueless but anxious to get this thing on the court so the stringing pattern might be pretty iffy, but you can get the idea with the grommets.
 
#18
I know how to search. And I have searched. Which is why I'm not looking the exact grommet set for this racquet. From what I can tell they don't exist.
According to the Tennis Menace website, he has grommets in stock for the Response 110. Could be he hasn't updated the list. For sure, if he has them, he is charging a fortune for them.
 
#19
I know it is ugly but it works. This is a Donnay Pro 25 that is great condition but the grommets were brittle and broke so I took one or two old grommet sets and cut it up. If there is a next time for this sort of thing I will use Fittex grommets and super glue them in place. I have done that before when I needed to replace 10 or 12 grommets in an older Prince MP. I was clueless but anxious to get this thing on the court so the stringing pattern might be pretty iffy, but you can get the idea with the grommets.
Is super glue really necessary? Won't the strings hold the individual grommets in?
 
#21
As I said above, the meanace can typically make you a set if they are not available
Comes at a price, but should be able to get you one if you want it bad enough.
Thanks Jim E. I looked into that. And he has partial sets for the response 110 but he doesn’t have the bridge grommets. And he wanted $75 for a partial set. While this is probably a decent option for someone with deep pockets and a strong love for an old frame, those aren’t exactly the criteria I’m working with.


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I know it is ugly but it works. This is a Donnay Pro 25 that is great condition but the grommets were brittle and broke so I took one or two old grommet sets and cut it up. If there is a next time for this sort of thing I will use Fittex grommets and super glue them in place. I have done that before when I needed to replace 10 or 12 grommets in an older Prince MP. I was clueless but anxious to get this thing on the court so the stringing pattern might be pretty iffy, but you can get the idea with the grommets.
Great photo. Thanks for the response. I’m going to give the fittex grommets a go and post some photos when I finish, provided those photos are worth sharing. ;-)


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#23
If you use the fittex grommets, be sure you mark the tie off openings to be sure you have proper diameter grommet for proper tie offs. I have a few players that give me their racquets to string, and some of them string different even though they are the same racquet, but somewhere in past someone used a different model grommet set on those racquets and tie offs are different.
You can also cut up a grommet set that is close to what you have, and rig it up to work if you have the time.
I use cut up grommet sets in place of fittex sometimes as I can cut out exactly what I need for fit and looks good as well, but that is for only replacing a few grommets.
 
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