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...a 1986 Kneissl White Star Pro Masters. No idea if it's in the kind of shape I think it is from the pictures on the auction site, but I'm hopeful. Grip looks good, buttcap looks good, and it doesn't appear to have the normal amount of head-rash. Very excited, as I played with the 1985 version in high school, a racquet I collapsed the grommets on by stringing it too tightly - stupid kid.

Just sharing. I'm sure several people on this board have collections of those racquets, and I do have a White Star Twin, but it's exciting to get an older stick I want to play with. Eager to see how it compares to all of the newer sticks I've been accumulating since returning to tennis around a dozen years ago.

I had been looking for one for years that wasn't ridiculously over-priced.
 

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Hey, that’s cool! I played with these in high school as well, from 1985 through 1987, and had samples from each vintage (ending with the 1987 Masters 10) back in the day. I recently picked up my old 1986-vintage Pro Masters and played a set. It was fun, but definitely required more concentration and precision than a modern mid-plus. Those flat forehands, though!

Let us know what you think, after you’ve played a few sets!
 

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Will do. It won't be here until around new year's, but I'll post here when I get there. I always hit topspin with mine, and I do that with the Twin I have now. It's that old school imitation of Lendl. ;-)

We shall see.
 

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OK. I got it. Hit with it, because today is the last warm day for a week. Felt great, once I figured out how to find that dime-sized sweet-spot again. ;-)

Now I've cut out what must have been the 20 year old strings. Very little damage. And as those of you who've had the racquets know, the paint scratches if you look at it wrong. I suspect it was used for about one season and the rest of the dings are from storage, as was the dust around the inside of the racquet.

Time to string. Just deciding what tension. Planning to use my usual multi-poly setup. We'll see.
 

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Finally got to go out and play with this stick. Played doubles with my usual group and won all four sets. That hasn't been happening lately. Must be the racquet, no?

Seriously, it was a reminder to me that my strokes, which generate topspin not by some violent thrust upward, but by driving through the ball, aren't greatly affected by having a 73 sq in racquet. That my friends expected me to play awfully and were surprised that I could hit well with it was, well, icing on the cake. ;-)

YMMV, but I'm going to hit with this stick for a while. Hopefully, it proves durable. Stringing it at 50, I think I can be gentle enough to keep it around so long as I replace the head tape literally every time I play. No headguard on the grommets of these old frames is pretty stressful.
 

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By the way, totally different balance than the White Star Twin, which is how I remembered it. I can't play sets with the Twin to save my life. That stick is literally just balanced for groundstroking IMHO.
 
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