The Cult of PT57

daddabompa

Hall of Fame
@vsbabolat
I have a mystery racquet for you. I think she may fit in the club. What do you say?



As Pioline used to play with a twin tube 630, I suspect his fake muscle 200 to be a pt57.



See?

The only spec I've measured is static weight 379g
the SW feels very high. Lots of lead under the bumper guard.

This is his personal racquet from Davis Cup 2002
If it has 3 crossings mains-crosses on the lower pattern side, it is not a PT57, afaik.
 

HeadClassic

New User
I need some string & tension suggestions for PT57A. My goal is to achieve the nice sound that this frame is capable of. If you know what I am referring to, please tell me what string & tension you use so I can try it out myself. All that I am getting is pinging sounds rather than that sweet "Pock" sound. Thanks! Also, I am using a Gamma ELS Progression II stringer.
 

rossignol

Rookie
I need some string & tension suggestions for PT57A. My goal is to achieve the nice sound that this frame is capable of. If you know what I am referring to, please tell me what string & tension you use so I can try it out myself. All that I am getting is pinging sounds rather than that sweet "Pock" sound. Thanks! Also, I am using a Gamma ELS Progression II stringer.
I think this frame is made for full gut,but hybrid would do the job.
 

rossignol

Rookie
I need some string & tension suggestions for PT57A. My goal is to achieve the nice sound that this frame is capable of. If you know what I am referring to, please tell me what string & tension you use so I can try it out myself. All that I am getting is pinging sounds rather than that sweet "Pock" sound. Thanks! Also, I am using a Gamma ELS Progression II stringer.
I think this frame is made for full gut,but hybrid would do the job.
 

Imago

Hall of Fame
Also, there is a second number on the pin apart from the TK57A-2 code, and it is 457 - ?

 
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moon shot

Hall of Fame
Ti.Fire Pro is my favorite TK57A-2. Two new are going to enter the shrine towards the end of the week.

Interesting, where were those made? My Ti.Classic and Ti.Pro Tour are embossed as TK57-B, the same code as the zebra and candy cane. I think they preceded your model slightly but were made in China.
 

Imago

Hall of Fame
Interesting, where were those made? My Ti.Classic and Ti.Pro Tour are embossed as TK57-B, the same code as the zebra and candy cane. I think they preceded your model slightly but were made in China.
It says, Made in Austria. Have no idea if this is the real case. Obviously a spin-off of PT630.




Ti.Fire is S.E.2

 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
It says, Made in Austria. Have no idea if this is the real case. Obviously a spin-off of PT630.




Ti.Fire is S.E.2

The style of imprint looks like my Austrian frames if that means anything. The early Chinese frames I have look more crude and are not recessed in a circle.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
I think it’s purely identifying the mold used to cook the racquet.
Would you be able to explain that a little further for me, please?

When you say "identifying the mold used to cook the racquet", do you mean they all flex in the same way (all TK57A-5s flex the same and all A-2s flex the same but different to the A-5s), or what?

Because when you use the word "mold" to me that means the TK57A part. That's how you identify them as TK57As when you look at the racquet (if nothing was seen in the throat area).

Does the fact that my Zebra have the TK57A stamp (embossing) mean that it is not a TK57-B, or is it still a TK57-B because it's a Zebra and therefore a Twin Tube Construction?
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Would you be able to explain that a little further for me, please?

When you say "identifying the mold used to cook the racquet", do you mean they all flex in the same way (all TK57A-5s flex the same and all A-2s flex the same but different to the A-5s), or what?

Because when you use the word "mold" to me that means the TK57A part. That's how you identify them as TK57As when you look at the racquet (if nothing was seen in the throat area).

Does the fact that my Zebra have the TK57A stamp (embossing) mean that it is not a TK57-B, or is it still a TK57-B because it's a Zebra and therefore a Twin Tube Construction?
Im talking about how they identify the mold used to manufacture the racquet. Meaning TK57A-5 was the mold used to make your racquet. Because they have more than one TK57 mold being used to manufacture thousands of racquets.
The big metal thing below is the mold
 

Pawel

New User
"Head Radical Tour Twin Tube 630 18x20, Made in Austria"
Can you please advise what grommets and head protector will fit for this racket from currently availble ones?
 

Imago

Hall of Fame
I don't like pj. I suppose, Zebra is one of the best pj ever. It looks modern and nice even 25 later.
Ha-ha, a govoryat, chto na vkus i na cvet tovarishchey net. Three times now I am reluctant to buy candy cane because of the PJ - but mainly because it seems to me it is too flexy, if the material is the same as with candy cane 690.
 

cdik

New User
Candy cane has less s/w so it's more user friendly then Zebra. It's easy to play 2 hours. I'd to remove bumper from Zebra to lower swingweight
 
"Head Radical Tour Twin Tube 630 18x20, Made in Austria"
Can you please advise what grommets and head protector will fit for this racket from currently availble ones?
All versions of prestige mid plus grommets will fit, including the latest Graphene touch prestige mp. If you don’t want caps, look for a grommet for microgel or youtek radical mp
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
changing pallets on one of my iPrestige. It has a glossy black finish and does not say "made in". The paint around the hoop is chipped but over all structure is great. h22057EIN on the barcode sticker with 1507205. stamped in a circle is T57E with a 6 below it. There is another circle that says 689. I don't recall what my other iPrestige said which had a more matte black color and also says "made in austria" on the throat.
 

wimps

New User
Just acquired these relics from a time gone by. Full restoration completed with change of pallets to TK82S, leather grips and new grommets.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
changing pallets on one of my iPrestige. It has a glossy black finish and does not say "made in". The paint around the hoop is chipped but over all structure is great. h22057EIN on the barcode sticker with 1507205. stamped in a circle is T57E with a 6 below it. There is another circle that says 689. I don't recall what my other iPrestige said which had a more matte black color and also says "made in austria" on the throat.
There was a sticker on the butt-cap that said made in Austria. The ones with the shinier paint and the made in Austria sticker on the butt-cap are from the later production in 2003
 

HeadClassic

New User
I own two PT57A2 in Graphene XT Prestige paint. Made in China. Is there any speculation/evidence whether or not these play more stiff or different than the original PT630? I have never hit with the originals. I know this has been asked before. But whenever I play with my Radical Tour Candy Cane, it is never harsh on my arm like these China made PT57A2.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I own two PT57A2 in Graphene XT Prestige paint. Made in China. Is there any speculation/evidence whether or not these play more stiff or different than the original PT630? I have never hit with the originals. I know this has been asked before. But whenever I play with my Radical Tour Candy Cane, it is never harsh on my arm like these China made PT57A2.
I have PT57A2 in Graphene paint and they don’t feel harsh on my arm and feel as silky smooth as my Austrian PT630
 
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