Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Fabfed, Sep 11, 2010.
FedBLX and retail BLX (US version)
More pics of FedBLX and Retail BLX (US version).
Specs of the retail BLX (Asian version)
So it looks like he is still using the K6.1 mold. Did you measure the weight?
Fabfed has a long time ago established significant credibility in matters Fed and has amassed quite a collection, much of which he has shared with folks on this board. Your post indicting his recent acquisition was a complete and utter fabrication (I suppose I could add you likewise indicted the item that you haven't seen) which now appears to be wholly mean-spirited (which only took 17 posts to be realized). I guess if I am going to spend my time during which I have nothing better to do I would just as soon spend it congratulating someone's nice find rather than using the same time making up stories for the purpose of trying to spoil someone else's experience on these boards. I think the first and last three letters of your username pretty much sums you up. In the words of the unforgettable Fez, "Good Day, Sir."
Another Epic Thread from Fabfeb, thank you man.
the decals haven't been glued enough on the the new paint it seems...
Is it just me or is the buttcap of the BLX paintjob slightly smaller than the K6.1 paintjob?
Epic pictures mate, epic collection. Thanks a ton. Without you we'd probably never get to see such close ups and comparisons.
Forgive me my weakness for being slightly jealous, those pieces are just superb.
Thanks. There are actually a lot of scuff marks, the racquet's been through the wars, so parts of the decal on the frame are scraped off.
I did, will post pics tomorrow
Terrific thread FabFed. Nice to see some others who feel the same way as I do after the Fed loss (sad).
Could you measure the balance of the real and the retail and compare? No need to put in on an RDC, just use the edge of a table or desk, and you could put a towel underneath. Do you know the technique?
Could you also measure the SW of both? You just need contact between two pencils and the strings. Again do you know the technique?
I guess there will be no way to verify the lead under the grommets at 12, but there is no need to since the guy from P1 confirmed it. Though I would be curious - and I think it is probably this - 4 layers of 1/4 in. 8 in long?
What did they say at P1 about his lead?
I wish Ron still posted here, so he could tell you firsthand to shut the hell up and stop acting like you're important - because you're not and you have no idea what is and isn't Federer's actual frame.
In case you don't know who Ron is, he's Federer's personal stringer and racquet customizer. He's verified Fabfed's frames as the real thing several times over.
Really good collection Are the retail version is the same with custom ??
omfg nice fabfed!
idk how you do it, but its good stuff. thanks for sharing.
Damn Fabfed.... I'm just speechless here. But a great congrats for getting the racquet. And from what I heard about those charity auctions, it must be a BIG sacrifice financially. I mean, you can get a nice used car instead of Roger's racquet.
do you mind answering what charity auctioned this off and if you got all of these from the same one. thanks
Hey Fabfed congrats on the great get. You also have much more discipline than I do because I would go out the next day and play with it.
I have one request though. Can you measure the grip size? The way I would do it is take a piece of paper (something that doesn't stretch like string can) and make a thin strip and make as exact a measurement as you can. I am just curious because even though it says 4 3/8, it looks like its smaller than that (technically, it should be 4 7/16 with an overgrip, but it looks smaller for some reason).
Thanks a lot.
Darn Fabfed, wicked score and thanks for posting the pics.
I obviously dont know how much fabfed paid for it, but Rogers blx that was auctioned off during the Aus Open Haiti benefit went for around 25 grand. Would you still hit with it?
Its very understandable these collectors items dont get used. Even the string breaking would de-value it
Awesome. Thanks for the pics.
Once Again , Thanks For Sharing The Pics, Epic Collection. Great Post.
I know this is unrelated. But what camera do you use to take those photos?
AWESOMENESS FABFED! Do you know where his racquets are made at?
wow man you did it again! I am guessing the FedK90 is the same as the FedBLX90. Let's first see if they weight the same?
I'm not much of a photographer, used a Panasonic DMC-TZ15.
There isn't a sticker, but it should be made in China like his K90s and the retail racquets.
I will try to respond to the other questions soon. In the meantime, here are my last batch of photos on the weight...
Retail US BLX90
Retail Asian BLX90
FedBLX90, surprise, surprise....
Recap of weight of the FedK90s
WOW you are the man FabFed, thanks for all the pics :-D
Fabfed, when you find the time please drop me a mail (regarding the strings).
OK, assuming you take your stock US blx 6.1 and string it with gut and poly, you'll end up with something like 357g. Add an overgrip and leather pads and you'll have something around 362-363g. So either fed doesn't use the stock K6.1 or he just adds 2g for matching purposes
That stick wasn't used at Wimby. Looks like it came from sometime earlier this year. I'm going to guess Australia/Indian Wells/Miami. His first batch of racquets he gets for the year go from training in late December through Miami. That particular racquet was last strung by Nate(I can tell from the knots, and from the placement of the tension label. Nate and I use different knots, and he places the tension label slightly higher in the throat than I do.)
I'm thinking that is a racquet that was last used in Miami, since Nate strung for Rog in Miami. If it had been from Wimby, it would have been one that I had last strung.
Thanks again FabFed
How do you guys tell that the molds of K and BLX are different?
RJYU comes through for Fabfed!
Hi Ron, thanks for your clarification on where the racquet was used, really appreciate it. Now I have Rog racquets strung by both you and Nate, cool!
Ron, i was hoping you would chime in, that's why i asked Fabfed about the sticker...
Please tell us the balance
Can you tell us the balance of the racquet FabFed? (Or maybe Ron?)
FabFed, if you are really interested in investigating the properties of this racquet as much as possible without affecting it in any way (I stress this point) for yourself and us, you might want to spend the 10 minutes required to do so.
Here is the easy way to get the balance of by doing little more than what you just did with your weighing machine:
Place the racquet on the edge of a table, the hoop over the edge, with a towel or something else underneath to protect the frame, and slowly move the racquet forward until you find the handle slightly raised from the table and the frame balancing on the edge. Now carefully continue pushing the racquet forward such that it balances maximally without falling. To avoid the racquet falling, push it forward with one hand and keep your other hand underneath the hoop to lightly catch it on the strings. Do not worry about the racquet falling afterwards - if you found the right balance point, it should stay there forever, barring your living next train tracks or an earthquake Now measure the distance from the edge of the desk to the tip of the racquet, by carefully placing the measuring tape/stick underneath the frame without touching it, in cm. The difference between that number and 34.29 cm will tell us the balance of the racquet.
Thank you for taking the extra steps to investigate the properties of this racquet further.
How did you come up with that "clear" conclusion??? "something like", "around", and "around" and then you conclude it is not a stock over 1-2g difference???
Because if Federer adds enough lead tape at 12 to bump the SW of the BLX6.1 which is in the mid 330's to the mid 350's he's adding at least 6g at 12. and if the stock BLX6.1 that Fabfed has weighs 339g, when you string it up with gut/poly it's +17g that's 356g, add an overgrip and leather pads and it's either 361 or 362 grams, meaning there's no more space for Fed to add lead to bump the SW from 335 to 355 (assuming the specs of 355 kgxcm^2 from Wimbledon last year are legit)
The first and last three letters? P-L-T-Y. I'm a PLTY? . . . Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos . . . I'm an agent of chaos . . . And you know the thing about chaos? It's fair.
compare the positioning of the grommet holes on the fed stick, retail blx, and retail k90. The Fed BLX pj and retail blx grommet holes are a bit different.
Mistook the "L" for an "I." You may be an agent for something but chaos devolving from outright fabrication is hardly fair to the subject matter nor flattering to the fabricator. And more importantly, your utter falsehood has been completely exposed by others in this thread, leaving your agency (of whatever) simply very small and wholly mean spirited.
That's exactly why I'd like to know the balance and SW of Fed's
Looking at those perfectly matched 90's is like halloween, thanksgiving, christmas and New Years all together for a split second and being 8 years old....
Then Ron chimed in and it felt like easter..... OK... maybe that's taking it a bit too far
But it is definately worth celebrating.
Simply amazing Fabfed! Thanks for sharing pics of your awe inspiring collection.
Thanks again FF. Was your bid for the BLX more or less than the K90s? Mind sharing what the winning bid was?
me too, and i do not think he used lead in the head at all, overgrip and luxilon(heavier) adds the few grams..
I think this photo was posted many times, and it shows that he does.
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