Need Advice: Vintage Tennis Racquets

Jay_The_Nomad

Professional
Hi,

I'm looking to buy a vintage tennis racquet for social games and was wondering if anyone could provide some tips on what I should look out for.

1) The price range.
2) Manufacturers & recommended models
3) Playing characteristics
4) Any special stringing requirements
5) Best places to buy vintage racquets (besides le bay).


I grew up learning tennis using the modern racquets of today so i'm not entirely familiar with them.

Hope to get some insight from the older folks on here.

Any advice appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Rusty10201

New User
I bought my Jack Kramer wooden racquet for a dollar in a church sale:)
I play with it occasionally, it helps me keep the eye on the ball.
I would say for sure look for it on the bay, I searched and saw alot over there.
 

pshulam

Hall of Fame
Here is a list of classic racquets that you might consider:
http://www.woodtennis.com/groat.htm#GROATs1980s

In general, classic rackets have thinner beams and lower flex rating than "modern" rackets, characterized by muted or buttery feel on ball contact, superior control, and stability. They are inexpensive except for certain ones that are considered as collectibles. My favorite inexpensive classics are: Prokennex Copper Ace 90 and Prince Spectrum Comp 90. You can pick them up for less than $30. Warning: classics may be addictive -- there may be no turning back to the modern rackets.
 

Jay_The_Nomad

Professional
Here is a list of classic racquets that you might consider:
http://www.woodtennis.com/groat.htm#GROATs1980s

In general, classic rackets have thinner beams and lower flex rating than "modern" rackets, characterized by muted or buttery feel on ball contact, superior control, and stability. They are inexpensive except for certain ones that are considered as collectibles. My favorite inexpensive classics are: Prokennex Copper Ace 90 and Prince Spectrum Comp 90. You can pick them up for less than $30. Warning: classics may be addictive -- there may be no turning back to the modern rackets.
thank for the link.

addictive? I'm guessing you've got quite the collection then :p.

By the way, is it okay to string vintage racquets with modern strings or do we have to use natural gut or something old school.
 

pshulam

Hall of Fame
I'm guessing you've got quite the collection then :p.

By the way, is it okay to string vintage racquets with modern strings or do we have to use natural gut or something old school.
I have a small collection (relative to those of other classic racket forum members) ~ 15 racquets.

It's perfectly fine to string classics with modern (poly or multifilament) strings. I use Head Control Rip 17 for my Head Prestige Classic racket.
 
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Deleted member 25923

Guest
Where can I find classic frames? I've only got a chemhold rocket and wilson t3000 (and a regent junior star).

I hit with the t3000 and it wasn't as hard as I thought, and it had a good deal of pop too. Felt nice to swing, but I only took a few hits.
 
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