Dunlop Fort Maxply

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  1. djNEiGht

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    This was gifted to me by a neighbor some time ago. I hit with it for a little bit. Feels very hefty. I will try and measure weight and balance next time I go to the local shop.

    Anyone have experience/knowledge of this racquet? I wonder what kind of string was used. I am considering re-stringing it (with the original power/leather pads if they hold up).

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    Looks like a 50s/60's model.

    Get some gut in it and a Dunlop leather grip and it'll be great. Woodies always feel hefty after using a modern racket, but they are great to play with.

    I always favoured the Maxply Fort. I still use a Maxply Graphite Tournament on occasion.
     
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    Victor Imperial also looked similar to that, and was a great gut
     
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    Very nice frame to use; one of my favorite woodies due to its balance, which I like.

    I also liked the Chrissie Evert Wilson, by the way.
     
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  5. djNEiGht

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    I wanted to join the rubber band club! :)

    It felt a bit harsh when hitting with it the first time out...but coming fr a midplus i'm sure i was outside of the sweet spot :oops:

    Thank you for the advice. I probably would have realized the current power pads had rotted and not have been prepared when the time comes...
     
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    I don't know about putting gut (or stringing gut at all) as I am still learning to string. Will practice with my reel of syn gut to learn the pattern...and then maybe string one of my racquets with gut once I get better at stringing.
     
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    I only hit with it for about 10 minutes and found that I had to let the weight of the racquet really do most of the work. My first/flat serves found their way when relying on the weight of it to go through the ball.

    I have pondered on hitting with it more to help keep my strokes grounded and not so loopy. I use my Mizuno Turbo Pro from time to time which forces me to focus on proper strokes and isn't very forgiving. When I am hitting well, this is great to play with. It is 13+ oz so I let the weight do most of the work. It was bought back in 1992. Is that a candidate for "classic Racquet Talk"?
     
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    Do you happen to know the specs of this racquet?
     
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    but then I'd be out of the rubber band club... :(

    I have a reel of triump 1.30 that I will try out.

    wow...I'm excited about this racquet.
     
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    Victor Staytite nylon
     
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    Most of my peers used that racket back in the mid '70's.
    I was using Wilson Smiths, Kramers, and then ProStaffs.
    A hair over 13 oz, depending which particular frame, very head light, flexible in the head and the shaft, stiffer at the throat, and that blue and white nylon is the cheapest string of those years (mid '70's), usually strung around 58 lbs.
    Colin Dibley used those rackets to win several fast serve contests. For the TransAm tourney in SanFrancisco, our stringer added one layer of 4 oz cloth and epoxy resin to the throat of each side, and all along the head, before stringing it with VS 16 at 62 lbs for his 149mph serves at GoldenGateway in 1978.
    Tom Okker used a stock looking Fort to hit into the higher 130's.
     
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    There was another guy who used this racquet for quite a while... John something... wish I could recall his... oh YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!!!
     
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  13. djNEiGht

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    it says Heavy on the side. I can feel the flex in the hoop.

    Looking at the leather grip I can see it was secured with a nail towards the throat and possibly near the butt. The leather grip still feels tacky but is a bit too firm. I'll probably put the TW leather on it.

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    I strung this up with Volkl Classic Synthetic 17 @ 58# to learn the pattern. Haven't had a chance to play with it but did get a chance to hit with it against the wall. I used the existing power pads for the time being.

    I got the TW leather grip and put it on today. I saved the rest of the grip for the next time I restring to replace the power pads. The grip had a stamp "Made in England".
     
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    There was a popular string in the 60s/70s called Vantage 2 which I believe had the blue stripes. That night be it. Vantage 1 was solid white but if I recall Vantage 2 had the blue stripes.
     
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