PHOTOS of the 3 different DUNLOP MAXPLY BI-HANDERS with the TWO-HANDED GRIPS

jimbo333

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AND PHOTOS of lots MORE Dunlop Maxply's as well on the next page!!!

Here are the 3 different versions of the Dunlop Maxply Bi-Hander with the 2 Handed Grips. As well as the longer grip, the transfers on the racket are moved up the throat to make room for the longer grip. From left to right, I believe these are from 1975, 1977 and 1981. The version on the left is the Hans Pohmann autograph version, which for some reason I didn't take a close-up photo of, never mind.





 
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jimbo333

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Oh, and I know the following isn't strictly relevant to this thread, but if anybody knows the history of the USA made Dunlop Maxply's, then please let me know, thanks.

I've become a bit of an expert on the UK made Maxply's, but finding out info on the US versions is proving difficult. I believe the USA made versions were only made from 1932 until about 1950? And after that they were all made in the UK and imported to the US? But would like some accurate info, if anybody has any, please let me know.
 
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jimbo333

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Actually the last one you have there is after 1980 - easy late 81 or 1982.
I originally thought that version was first released in the UK sometime in 1980, although it might well have been 1981 you are right, I'll change the date. It has the cosmetic transfers used on the racket McEnroe used in 1981, obviously without the long grip.
 
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jimbo333

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Am guessing there may have been a version from about 1979 then as well, but I've never seen it!
 

jimbo333

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Oh, and I know the following isn't strictly relevant to this thread, but if anybody knows the history of the USA made Dunlop Maxply's, then please let me know, thanks.

I've become a bit of an expert on the UK made Maxply's, but finding out info on the US versions is proving difficult. I believe the USA made versions were only made from 1932 until about 1950? And after that they were all made in the UK and imported to the US? But would like some accurate info, if anybody has any, please let me know.
Does anyone know anything about USA made Maxply's then, at all, please?
 

jimbo333

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There really isn't much interest in the Dunlop Maxply is there, I'm beginning to think I'm the only person that collects them:shock:

I was going to start a thread with my collection of about 90 different Maxply's, but it looks like there isn't going to be enough interest, so I'll just put a few photos here instead:)

 

BreakPoint

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Oh, and I know the following isn't strictly relevant to this thread, but if anybody knows the history of the USA made Dunlop Maxply's, then please let me know, thanks.

I've become a bit of an expert on the UK made Maxply's, but finding out info on the US versions is proving difficult. I believe the USA made versions were only made from 1932 until about 1950? And after that they were all made in the UK and imported to the US? But would like some accurate info, if anybody has any, please let me know.
All the Dunlop Maxplys I bought in the U.S. in the 1970's were made in England, so I didn't even know that they were once made in the U.S.

BTW, why do you collect them? You have so many, where do you keep them all?
 

retrowagen

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I love the Maxply, it really is THE iconic tennis racquet.

Sorry I don't know more about them, especially the US version. My aera of expertise has always been the 1980's European-made graphite composites.
 

jimbo333

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All the Dunlop Maxplys I bought in the U.S. in the 1970's were made in England, so I didn't even know that they were once made in the U.S.

BTW, why do you collect them? You have so many, where do you keep them all?
I enjoy collecting things I like. I particularly like the Dunlop Maxply, as it a British design classic (and one of the very best selling tennis rackets ever made), and was made for over 50 years, so there are lots of different versions to get. Some differences are small, but that makes it all the more fun to collect in my opinion.

I store most of my rackets in a storage unit a few miles away from my flat, but these as you can see are in my spare bedroom. I need them nearby so I can check them when I find a Maxply that might be new to the collection!
 

MAXXply

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I get a minor thrift-store kick out of finding late-run Forts, maybe the "Suid Africa" ones with the "modern" Helvetica-style decals.

-What was the last year and month the Maxplys were produced, in any of Dunlop's far-flung manufacturing outposts?
-Did the timber lay-ups differ substantially between continents of manufacture? e.g South Africa, Oz and UK.
-Were Dunlops or Slazengers ever made in India or Canada? I've seen an occasional New Zealand-made Slazenger.
 

jimbo333

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I love the Maxply, it really is THE iconic tennis racquet.

Sorry I don't know more about them, especially the US version. My aera of expertise has always been the 1980's European-made graphite composites.
So do I, and it is isn't it!

Thanks, and your expertise is much appreciated by many here. As for the Maxply, I think lots of people think it's boring with a "they all look the same" attitude, which I can totally understand, as most of them do look very similar even after 50 years of production. But there are some interesting variations, and so many greats have used the Maxply in the past as well, which says a lot about the quality and playablilty of this racket.

Also it was the first racket I ever owned:)
 

BreakPoint

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I enjoy collecting things I like. I particularly like the Dunlop Maxply, as it a British design classic (and one of the very best selling tennis rackets ever made), and was made for over 50 years, so there are lots of different versions to get. Some differences are small, but that makes it all the more fun to collect in my opinion.

I store most of my rackets in a storage unit a few miles away from my flat, but these as you can see are in my spare bedroom. I need them nearby so I can check them when I find a Maxply that might be new to the collection!
You must have a very understanding wife. :wink:
 

retrowagen

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So do I, and it is isn't it!

Thanks, and your expertise is much appreciated by many here. As for the Maxply, I think lots of people think it's boring with a "they all look the same" attitude, which I can totally understand, as most of them do look very similar even after 50 years of production. But there are some interesting variations, and so many greats have used the Maxply in the past as well, which says a lot about the quality and playablilty of this racket.

Also it was the first racket I ever owned:)
Cheers for the kind words.

Well, most don't realise that the "boring old Maxply" was the best racquet made for most of its amazing 50-odd-year run, and it was undoubtedly the most prolific Grand Slam winning tool, from the 30's through the 70's! That said, I haven't seen a tabulation of how many men's, ladies' and doubles GS were won on a Maxply - does anyone know?
 

jimbo333

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Photo below of one of the last USA made Dunlop Maxply's from the late 1940's I think (without original stringing). I'm not at all sure though, it might be late 1930's!

It's really confusing because Dunlop in the UK stopped using those exact types of graphics on their Maxply's (with the gap) by the mid 1930's. But in the USA they seemed to have been used all the way through until Dunlop stopped making Maxply's there in about 1950? The fact is, I need an expert on USA Maxply's to give me the exact facts. I know a lot about UK made Maxply's, but not so much on the other countries where they were made (sometimes very briefly for just a few years).



 
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jimbo333

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I get a minor thrift-store kick out of finding late-run Forts, maybe the "Suid Africa" ones with the "modern" Helvetica-style decals.

-What was the last year and month the Maxplys were produced, in any of Dunlop's far-flung manufacturing outposts?
-Did the timber lay-ups differ substantially between continents of manufacture? e.g South Africa, Oz and UK.
-Were Dunlops or Slazengers ever made in India or Canada? I've seen an occasional New Zealand-made Slazenger.
Well you're clearly a Maxply believer:)

I think I remember you saying you've got Simpsons Dunlop/Slazenger book? That has lots of accurate info, but another book could have been written twice the size of that one just on tennis! So lots of info. missing unfortunately.

-The date of worldwide last manufacture is not something I know about, except UK which I think they stopped completely in 1984.
-The wood layups so to speak were completely different in different years in different countries. One of best things about collecting these I reckon.
-At some point they must have been made in India and Canada I'd have thought (however briefly), but like most other countries, with the probable exception of Australia, most Maxply's from the 1960's onwards were made in the UK and exported, although again I'm sure there are quite a few exceptions. Interesting stuff for some of us at least!
 

jimbo333

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I like this one, it is an Aussie version from around the mid 1950's. Lew Hoad used this very version for one year at least when playing and/or winning at Wimbledon I believe!

 
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jimbo333

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Cheers for the kind words.

Well, most don't realise that the "boring old Maxply" was the best racquet made for most of its amazing 50-odd-year run, and it was undoubtedly the most prolific Grand Slam winning tool, from the 30's through the 70's! That said, I haven't seen a tabulation of how many men's, ladies' and doubles GS were won on a Maxply - does anyone know?
I have no doubt that if you include Doubles GS titles as well, then the Dunlop Maxply has been used to win more Grand Slam titles than any other tennis racket, but i don't have the figures to back up that claim!
 

jimbo333

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This is one of the very last versions of the Dunlop Maxply from about 1983. What I really like about this actual racket is that it has an old style retailers transfer on it, just like the original 1930's rackets often had on them, full circle and all that!



 
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jimbo333

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This is the rare Heinz Gunthardt version of the Maxply.

It does have the "Maxply" logo on the other side of the racket by the way, but for some reason I didn't take a photo of it.

 
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jimbo333

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The Gunthardt looks nice...did Tom Okker get his own signature Maxply?
Yes I agree, I think it looks like a slightly nicer looking version of the Tournament Graphite Maxply.

I think there is a Tom Okker Maxply version, but unfortunately I havn't got one:(
 

jimbo333

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Well hopefully the above photos at least prove that not all Dunlop Maxply's look the same:)

Getting back to the original point of this thread, here is a close-up photo of the printed signature on the Hans Pohmann two-handed Maxply from 1975.

 

Huppe

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Funny Coincidence

This thread happened to be at the top, on the front page, today, when yesterday I bought a Maxply Fort with a Zephyr press for 2 bucks at a thrift store about 30 years after I wanted one as a little kid (McEnroe Fan) but my parents got me a cheap Connors KMart racquet instead! It's strung tight, no-name string, clear nylon or synthetic (Leona 66?), so I will finally hit with one!
 

jimbo333

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This thread happened to be at the top, on the front page, today, when yesterday I bought a Maxply Fort with a Zephyr press for 2 bucks at a thrift store about 30 years after I wanted one as a little kid (McEnroe Fan) but my parents got me a cheap Connors KMart racquet instead! It's strung tight, no-name string, clear nylon or synthetic (Leona 66?), so I will finally hit with one!
Absolutely brilliant, thanks so much for posting this:)

What a coincidence, the world is a small place sometimes. My latest 2 threads have been Dunlop Maxply's and Metal Racket Presses (including a Zephyr)!

About 35 years ago in the UK, I wanted a Wilson T2000 like my favourite player Jimmy Connors used, but they were too expensive over here, so I got a Dunlop Maxply, my first ever tennis racket:)
 

Huppe

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That's hilarious

Absolutely brilliant, thanks so much for posting this:)

What a coincidence, the world is a small place sometimes. My latest 2 threads have been Dunlop Maxply's and Metal Racket Presses (including a Zephyr)!

About 35 years ago in the UK, I wanted a Wilson T2000 like my favourite player Jimmy Connors used, but they were too expensive over here, so I got a Dunlop Maxply, my first ever tennis racket:)
Yes, the made in England Dunlops couldn't compete pricewise with a Wilson department store wood, hence my Connors racquet. I skipped the aluminum/steel revolution (or perhaps brief coup is more accurate) and went from the crap wood to the Pro Kennex Golden Ace open throat wood to the Wilson Ceramic, you guessed it, because the Pro Staffs were too expensive!

Do you have a T2000 now, or since? To be clear, my new to me Maxply is not the two-hander. Also, I saw your thread and some pics, and those posted by others, and though I don't necessarily want to collect old racquets, I do now have an urge to collect presses!

BTW: Do you know a lot about old woods? I have one that was my grandfathers that I believe is from before he was married, so it would be like the teens? Curious if anyone would no more about it.

Thanks for you threads, and posts!
 

jimbo333

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Yes, the made in England Dunlops couldn't compete pricewise with a Wilson department store wood, hence my Connors racquet. I skipped the aluminum/steel revolution (or perhaps brief coup is more accurate) and went from the crap wood to the Pro Kennex Golden Ace open throat wood to the Wilson Ceramic, you guessed it, because the Pro Staffs were too expensive!

Do you have a T2000 now, or since? To be clear, my new to me Maxply is not the two-hander. Also, I saw your thread and some pics, and those posted by others, and though I don't necessarily want to collect old racquets, I do now have an urge to collect presses!

BTW: Do you know a lot about old woods? I have one that was my grandfathers that I believe is from before he was married, so it would be like the teens? Curious if anyone would no more about it.

Thanks for you threads, and posts!
Cheers, well if you post the details of your racket ideally with a photo in a new thread here, I'm sure someone will know about your racket even if i don't.

Yes, I finally got a T2000 a few years ago, really exciting to get one, in fact they are relatively hard to find still in the UK. My next racket after the Dunlop Maxply was a Head Vector (open throat wood/graphite) an absolutely superb tennis racket, and amazingly similar in many ways to your Golden Ace!

And those presses are great aren't they, that photo with 6 of them in, is one of my favourite tennis related photos I've taken to be honest, although apart from the great looking "Alrak" press, they don't look very interesting on their own.
 

max_brat

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The Gunthardt looks nice...did Tom Okker get his own signature Maxply?
Sorry to revive a dead thread, but I happen to own a Tom Okker Maxply. I found it in a Salvation Army Store for 99 cents and gave it to my dad for Christmas. I can see about posting photos when I go home again.
 

Ciaron

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This is one of the very last versions of the Dunlop Maxply from about 1983. What I really like about this actual racket is that it has an old style retailers transfer on it, just like the original 1930's rackets often had on them, full circle and all that!



This is a beaut
 
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