Prince Spectrum Comp Racquet specs/ reviews

Mad hatter

Semi-Pro
Any info available for this racquet would be appreciated.
internet search is very scant.
Especially actual head size and recommended stringing set up.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
@Sanglier would know better?

I still have one and a Graphite Pro 110, plus a couple other 110s like Graphtech DB 110 (now there is a honey). Between the Spectrum Comp and Graphite Pro I personally like the Graphite Pro the best. The Spectrum Comps in either 110 (actually 107) or 90 (actually 93) are very muted. I've strung up Prince 110s all sorts of ways but now either stick in syn gut at 68lbs or Ash Kev x ZX Pro at 65/59. My Spectrum Comp has Prince Syn Gut w/D 16g at 68lbs.
 

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
@Sanglier would know better?
I'm afraid I have no personal experience with these. All I know is that they were launched in 1986, with graphite, fiberglass, kevlar, and a tiny amount of ceramic fibers in their layup (of which graphite accounted for 80% of the total - halfway between the 100% "Graphite" and the 60% "Graphite Pro"). At the time, Craig Robinson (Prince's R&D manager) disclosed during an interview that the minute amount of ceramic in the layup was not expected to affect the playability of the frame, but may change its feel to a small degree (and not necessarily in a positive way for all players, as evidenced by the feedback above from @graycrait). The original recommended tension for the 110 version was 65-75 lbs, with a 16 x 19 pattern, skipping 8H and 8T for the mains, which also serve as the starting and stopping points for the crosses, with no shared holes.

But maybe the OP was asking for present-day string recommendations rather than basic historical trivia?
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
why do you prefer the Pro.
I guess the way it flexes and not just the flex itself. You'll note that the Spectrum was stiffer than the Graphite Pro. On the other hand the Powerflex is so "flexy" as to be nearly unplayable. On the opposite end was the Boron which I traded away and can't remember for what. It was fun for a hit or two but that thing was a beast.

 
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