Post pictures of your favorite racquets

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
The spring is around the corner and it's time to bring our favorite racquets out. I'm starting to post pictures of my favorite variety and variations of these classics in full armor:

5 Wilson Pro Staff Midsize (St Vincent)
5 Head TXP Pro
4 Head Prestige Pro
4 Lacoste Equijet
3 Head Prestige Classic 600
3 Head Elite Pro
3 Donnay Pro Cynetics
2 Wilson Pro Staff 95
2 Wilson Ultra FPK 95

I'll spin the wheel and here you go:

.... the gators:

 
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petema99

Rookie
I'm sure you heard that before: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

It took me about 5 years to sort through a lot of junk to find what I want and like.
I'm sure some day I'll own the sticks I want!

The problem is I keep hearing about new racquets that I also want! :)


the Kynetics (sounds like a rock band, the picture is recycled but update is to follow):


What is the difference between the racquets you posted and this one on the bay: 270704809988 ?
 

Hannah19

Professional
What is the difference between the racquets you posted and this one on the bay: 270704809988 ?[/QUOTE]

That one is a Pro Ceramic 1. Probably the same mould but different material.
The Pro Cynetic 1 was actually from the PS 85 mould that was left by Wilson when they decided to move the manufacturing of the PS 85 elsewhere.
The Pro Cynetic 1 was also a graphite/kevlar mix but ofcourse without the PWS.
 

vwfye

Semi-Pro
Here ya go...

Pro Boron is it!
Copper Ace when the arm is sore or feeding balls.
Micro Mid when I am in the mood to junk ball ;)
 

joe sch

Legend
Lots a nice head rackets, which are some of my favorites for hitting, especially the pc600s. Here are some of my favorite head classics: http://s920.photobucket.com/albums/ad46/woodtennis/tennis/rackets/head_rackets/#!cpZZ1QQtppZZ20

I alway love hitting with my dunlop max 200g's strung with natural, here is a nice example:

http://s920.photobucket.com/albums/ad46/woodtennis/tennis/rackets/dunlop max 200g/

Its also close to the time of the year that I like to break out some classic woodys to really tuneup my SV game. Here is a nice matched pair of a Snauwaert Mid:

http://s920.photobucket.com/albums/ad46/woodtennis/tennis/rackets/midsize_woodys/

I also have a few NOS Wilson JK prostaff woodys 4 1/2 that I may stringup ;)

Cheers,
Joe
 
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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Joe, I haven't seen PC 600 in your album, just Classic Mid and Prestige Tour. Just curious. These are quite different racquets when compared to Prestige Classic 600 or Prestige Pro/TXP.
I have found the Classic Mid to be exactly the same as the Prestige Classic 600.
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
I have found the Classic Mid to be exactly the same as the Prestige Classic 600.
I regularly play with all of Prestiges and Classic Mid is much more muted than PC600 Star Trek but closer to the most recent PC 600. I didn't even see a reason to keep it. I have all free PC 600 in my collection (Trek, Made in Austria and Designed in Austria, Trek being the best of them, surprisingly similar to TXP in weight and balance)

It all depends on how much your are into them. My PS 85 all play different in their own way but I can tell the different between PS 85 and Donnay PC 1 fo instance (love them both).
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I regularly play with all of Prestiges and Classic Mid is much more muted than PC600 Star Trek but closer to the most recent PC 600. I didn't even see a reason to keep it. I have all free PC 600 in my collection (Trek, Made in Austria and Designed in Austria, Trek being the best of them, surprisingly similar to TXP in weight and balance)

It all depends on how much your are into them. My PS 85 all play different in their own way but I can tell the different between PS 85 and Donnay PC 1 fo instance (love them both).
I still use and have all font variants of the Prestige Classic 600. The Classic mid is the same as the 1999 and 2000 labeled Prestige Classic 600 that wasfor the E.U. The U.S. got Classic Mid in 1999 and 2000 while the European market got the the frame labeled as the Prestige Classic 600 Designed in Austria (still manufactured in Austria).

I have multiple racquets of each font labeling. Here is just a example one of each:
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
I still use and have all font variants of the Prestige Classic 600. The Classic mid is the same as the 1999 and 2000 labeled Prestige Classic 600 that wasfor the E.U. The U.S. got Classic Mid in 1999 and 2000 while the European market got the the frame labeled as the Prestige Classic 600 Designed in Austria (still manufactured in Austria).

I have multiple racquets of each font labeling. Here is just a example one of each:
vs, what about Prestige Classic? Where is it in the timeline of Prestiges? I don't think I ever cared to have one of these.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
vs, what about Prestige Classic? Where is it in the timeline of Prestiges? I don't think I ever cared to have one of these.
The Prestige Classic Mid was sold in the U.S. from 1996 to 1998. It was the U.S. name for the Prestige Classic 600. The Prestige Classic was not sold in the U.S. until 1996. While it was sold in Europe from 1994-2000 under the name Prestige Classic 600. Then in 1999 and 2000 HEAD branded the Prestige Classic 600 in the U.S. as the Classic Mid. They are all the same racquet but HEAD had different marketing strategies for different markets back then.
 

billsgwn

Banned
The Prestige Classic Mid was sold in the U.S. from 1996 to 1998. It was the U.S. name for the Prestige Classic 600. The Prestige Classic was not sold in the U.S. until 1996. While it was sold in Europe from 1994-2000 under the name Prestige Classic 600. Then in 1999 and 2000 HEAD branded the Prestige Classic 600 in the U.S. as the Classic Mid. They are all the same racquet but HEAD had different marketing strategies for different markets back then.

vsbabolat,

What is the big difference is the Prestige Classic 600 and the Prestige Tour 660? I have 2 of the 660s and was wondering how different they are.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
vsbabolat,

What is the big difference is the Prestige Classic 600 and the Prestige Tour 660? I have 2 of the 660s and was wondering how different they are.
The Prestige Classic 600 is midsize that HEAD calls 600cm2. That is what the 600 denotes. It is also has traditional pallets.

The Prestige Tour 660 is a Midplus racquet that HEAD calls 660cm2. That is what the 660 denotes. The Prestige Tour has the Suspension Grip feature. There was also the Prestige Tour 600 in the 600cm2 head size with the Suspension Grip feature.
 

billsgwn

Banned
The Prestige Classic 600 is midsize that HEAD calls 600cm2. That is what the 600 denotes. It is also has traditional pallets.

The Prestige Tour 660 is a Midplus racquet that HEAD calls 660cm2. That is what the 660 denotes. The Prestige Tour has the Suspension Grip feature. There was also the Prestige Tour 600 in the 600cm2 head size with the Suspension Grip feature.


Is there a huge difference in the feel and how the 2 racquets play?
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Is there a huge difference in the feel and how the 2 racquets play?
Yes. The TOUR 660 has a wider beam, bigger head, and the Suspension grip. All have a effect on feel and how it plays.

Lee Hyung-taik had really liked the Prestige Tour 600........
 
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Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
The Prestige Classic Mid was sold in the U.S. from 1996 to 1998. It was the U.S. name for the Prestige Classic 600. The Prestige Classic was not sold in the U.S. until 1996. While it was sold in Europe from 1994-2000 under the name Prestige Classic 600. Then in 1999 and 2000 HEAD branded the Prestige Classic 600 in the U.S. as the Classic Mid. They are all the same racquet but HEAD had different marketing strategies for different markets back then.
Thanks as always. I've been so focused lately on European racquets that forgot about the Head marketing strageties. :)

On the same note, it's still a mistery to me how TXP was marketed (frame Austria, made in USA). Any idea? :confused:
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Thanks as always. I've been so focused lately on European racquets that forgot about the Head marketing strageties. :)

On the same note, it's still a mistery to me how TXP was marketed (frame Austria, made in USA). Any idea? :confused:
It is my belief that HEAD had shipped over unfinished Prestige Pros to Boulder to be painted and finished. I have a TXP since new with ONLY Made in USA.
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
It is my belief that HEAD had shipped over unfinished Prestige Pros to Boulder to be painted and finished. I have a TXP since new with ONLY Made in USA.
Most of mine say "frame Austria". I started a thread some time ago but nobody had any knowledge of that.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Most of mine say "frame Austria". I started a thread some time ago but nobody had any knowledge of that.
That's my speculation and is what I thought back in the mid to late 80's. Which I think is reasonable knowing about how the designed in Austria Prestige Classic and Tours were Made in Austria and Finished in Czech Republic.
 

AlpineAce

Banned
hey I have a Borg boron just like that great racket, I strung it up with that free 361 string, love beating people with it: 1983 says "hello"!

can you believe theres some joker on eb@y that wants $200 for it? I got mine for $20
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
hey I have a Borg boron just like that great racket, I strung it up with that free 361 string, love beating people with it: 1983 says "hello"!

can you believe theres some joker on eb@y that wants $200 for it? I got mine for $20
yeah, what a sweet racquet, a bit too flexy for me but it feels like a classic car. I also took my beaten down CGX 25 to the courts another day and I thought I never served so heavy ever before. It's also pretty flexy but very balanced graphite frame. Gotta love Donnay heavyweights. :wink:
 

VGP

Legend
vgp, your PS85 collection is hands-down the best I have seen.

Please, show me the mint ones, with stickers inside the throat (jealous) :(
Thanks, Tennis Man.

I'll work on some more detailed pics. Yours is one of the best current collections of SV PS85s. I know you decided a while back to only have SVs in your favorite grip size in good condition for playing purposes. Most other people have moved on or sold theirs that post around here.....

There are a couple of my PS85s missing in the above pic. I'm not sure if I should include "related" frames like the Largehead, or the Jack Kramer Staff Mid or the Cayman TNT-90....

There are a couple versions of the PS85 that I don't have. Like the Belgian, Chicago, or the "italic" Chinese. I know they're out there but I refuse to pay the going rate for them. I guess I don't care for the "italic" Chinese frames just due to the cosmetics. I hated that font on the PS85 for some reason. Stupid, huh?

Ironically, the ones that I paid the least for are my SVs and are used sporting goods store scores or trades. I paid the most for the recent Chinese as I bought them new as the stock at retailers was running out..... like from TW a couple of years back.

Philosophically, I don't want to pay more for a used or discontinued frame than what it cost when new.
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
There are a couple of my PS85s missing in the above pic. I'm not sure if I should include "related" frames like the Largehead, or the Jack Kramer Staff Mid or the Cayman TNT-90....

There are a couple versions of the PS85 that I don't have. Like the Belgian, Chicago, or the "italic" Chinese.

Philosophically, I don't want to pay more for a used or discontinued frame than what it cost when new.
my favorites are first edition SV with bumper guard and stickers. Don't really care about the rest. :)
 

pshulam

Hall of Fame
Philosophically, I don't want to pay more for a used or discontinued frame than what it cost when new.
The equivalent (or inflation adjusted @3%) of a 28-year old racquet that cost $300 then is $686.
 

ericsson

Hall of Fame
yeah, what a sweet racquet, a bit too flexy for me but it feels like a classic car. I also took my beaten down CGX 25 to the courts another day and I thought I never served so heavy ever before. It's also pretty flexy but very balanced graphite frame. Gotta love Donnay heavyweights. :wink:
Tennisman, i dont see a Donnay GTI-25, another great Donnay!
 
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