Nassau racquets

Dino Lagaffe

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Sorry, not much info, but wasn't it the brand of tennisballs that tried to get into the racquet business?

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I remember I owned 1 Nassau frame about 20 years ago. Picked it up at a flea market. They kinda seem to have sold "copies" of other rackets. Unfortunately the one I owned... the frame cracked. I truly wanted to cry my eyes out. It was a Pro Staff 6.0 85 copy that played much better than the real thing. I was just dumbfounded. So you can understand why the heartache was real [emoji174]

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Sanglier

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BorgCash

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Sanglier

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I only have that one early example, so I cannot speak from personal experience, but the quality of Korean products were generally on par with that of contemporary Taiwanese products. However, this was not a cheap brand. Nassau frames were marketed as "high end" as late as 1987, with wholesale prices comparable to the retail prices of many decent racquets.

As for the example I have, it weighs 328 g strung, is 2.5 pt head heavy, with a measured swing weight of 353, and a flex of 64 RA. It has a graphite/kevlar/fiberglass layup produced with "US aero space technology combined with (their) high quality standards". I would describe its design, fit and finish as "East Asian Generic" for early-mid '80s.
 
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BorgCash

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I only have that one early example, so I cannot speak from personal experience, but the quality of Korean products were generally on par with that of contemporary Taiwanese products. However, this was not a cheap brand. Nassau frames were marketed as "high end" as late as 1987, with wholesale prices comparable to the retail prices of many decent racquets.

As for the example I have, it weighs 328 g strung, is 2.5 pt head heavy, with a measured swing weight of 353, and a flex of 64 RA. It has a graphite/kevlar/fiberglass layup produced with "US aero space technology combined with (their) high quality standards". I would describe its design, fit and finish as "East Asian Generic" for early-mid '80s.
Thank you. Do you remember the name of model you have?
 

Sanglier

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What you see in the photo I attached to my older post is all there is. The frame is completely free of identification wording save for the decal on the shaft showing grip size and the marketing blurb. It is in NOS condition, so that's how it was shipped. The absence of a model name is the main reason I believe it is an early product from the brand, perhaps one of the first. That, plus the fact that it's bumperless.

Stringer's Digest has instructions for "Ariva", "Cannon Classic", two different models of "Cannon Graphite", "Cannon Mark II", "Century", "Graphite L 10000", "Hi Tec", "Impact", "NA 2000", and "Pro Master", all of which are from the late '80s. The price tag on Nassau frames dropped considerably by the end of the decade, and the brand seems to have exited the US market after 1990.
 

BorgCash

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What you see in the photo I attached to my older post is all there is. The frame is completely free of identification wording save for the decal on the shaft showing grip size and the marketing blurb. It is in NOS condition, so that's how it was shipped. The absence of a model name is the main reason I believe it is an early product from the brand, perhaps one of the first. That, plus the fact that it's bumperless.

Stringer's Digest has instructions for "Ariva", "Cannon Classic", two different models of "Cannon Graphite", "Cannon Mark II", "Century", "Graphite L 10000", "Hi Tec", "Impact", "NA 2000", and "Pro Master", all of which are from the late '80s. The price tag on Nassau frames dropped considerably by the end of the decade, and the brand seems to have exited the US market after 1990.
The models that i found at local auction site name V.I.P. - whisker-boron and Compact-II. Each costs around $50. Is it worth of it? Brand new condition.
 

Sanglier

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I honestly can't tell you, as I have no experience with either of them. No one is looking for these because hardly anyone has ever heard of the brand (as is evidenced by this thread and the one from a few years ago). I suppose if you collect Nassau specifically and are missing these two models in your collection, then this may be a good opportunity. Otherwise...

The Compact-II came out in 1990 and is a 100% graphite wide body midsize, weighing between 320g and 345g. It was one of the last Nassau models marketed in the US.
 
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