Donnay Blue Ace

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  1. big ted

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    i noticed a donnay blue ace for sale does anyone know anything about this frame? i think it may have been made in late 90s or early 2000s? thanks!
     
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    I just picked one of these up in very good condition. The only blemishes appear as scuffs on the bumper. It also has the strangest bumper I've seen. It's solid. I haven't inspected it greatly but I can't see how it was strung because the strings are under the bumper. I suppose it could be like some racquetball racquets I've seen where they feed through the frame.
     
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  3. Don't Let It Bounce

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    It's a thermoplastic frame, like the Prince Vortex series and similar to the older Dunlop Max 200G. The carbon fibers are embedded in a thermoplastic instead of the less expensive resins you get with the usual graphite frames. If you like a lot of feedback from your frame or dig lightweight frames, stay away. If you like a damped feel or need to protect a fragile elbow, not even the excellent Pro Kennex Kinetic frames compare. Also, being softer than the usual graphite, they shouldn't be strung at really high tension: for the Princes, max 60, and I wouldn't expect the Donnay to be much different.

    There's a really good article on tennis elbow at the Tennis M e n a c e site that discusses the tech in some detail.

    Look into the Prince Vortex frames, too, if you're interested: they're easier to find, very cheap compared to their original early 90s retail price, look cooler, and come in 107 and 97 (really more like 100) sq in head sizes.
     
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    That's interesting. I like the original Max 200g even though I just used it for the first time last year. It's a great racquet for my style but too small. My daily racquets are the Prince Mono which I have added and extra ounce to the butt to get them to 13.5oz strung. I don't think weight is an issue.

    I'm going to have to come across the Prince Vortex.
     
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    How was this thing strung?
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    @Irvin
    Have you ever seen a solid bumper guard? How do you string this?
     
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  7. Irvin

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    Take it off. LOL I've never seen it on a Donnay but I have seen them on a Babolat. You just snap them on and off. Easy way to replace the bumper without replacing the strings. You should be able to pry them up on the end and they come right off.
     
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    Newer seen before writting "Donnay" in that font.
     
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  9. Don't Let It Bounce

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    I get notifications of thermoplastic frames that appear for auction... Dak, you're right about the condition of yours – beautiful frame. Was it the lack of feedback that kept it from working for you?
     
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    No. I'm just a buyer and reseller. It's my hobby. If you're interested in it, let me know. I'd rather sell here and keep the auction from getting the 10%. I have no idea the value. I just threw a number out there.
     
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