Vintage Wilson Kramer Staff 85

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  1. Ed Lee

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    Does anyone know if this racquet was manufactured only in St. Vincent, or did it change in time like the original Pro Staff 85 (Chicago, St. Vincent, Taiwan, China)? Thanks.
     
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  2. elamarrj

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    I believe they were all made in St.Vincent
     
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  3. Ed Lee

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    Thank you, elamarrj, for answering my question.
     
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  4. elamarrj

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    you are welcome :)
     
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  5. joncoke

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    I am curious about this stick. I found one at a play it again sports and was curious as to how rare they are and what they are worth? It really plays well if you like the small frames. How does it compare to the pro staff tour 90?
     
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  6. the green god

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    Like budda
     
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  7. joe sch

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    Same size head as the famous Sampras ps85. The sweet spot feels larger the graphite/fiberglass frame, its more flexible than the ps85 with graphite/kevlar. Much more scarce than the ps85's and really plays great. I have a few spares ;)
     
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  8. lstewart

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    In the mid 1980's I picked a new one up for $40 in K-Mart. It sat around the house unused for a few years. In the early 1990's I was playing serious tournament tennis and traveling around the south playing 35's. I was struggling, and decided to pull out the Kramer Staff. Could absolutely swing from the heels and keep the ball in play. Played very well in singles with it, and had great results. Doubles was not very good... struggled with volleys at that level with the small head. Picked up another couple a few years ago, and played with them for a short time. I could hit with them, but they were a little too underpowered to compete at the level I was trying to play. But they are pretty cool rackets.
     
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  9. joe sch

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    There was also a kramer staff 110 for players wanting a big sweetspot with the control, flex and power of the wilson prostaff series rackets
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  10. the green god

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    Things that make you go, hmmmmm.

    Practiced last night and played 3 tiebreaks. First two I played with my "better" up to date frame and lost handily. Decided to pull out the Kramer for the third and lo and behold, I'm a winner.
     
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  11. hrstrat57

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    When I was bagging PS 85's I had a KS 85 in my bag for when I tired out just a bit. Could seamlessly go from one to the other.

    I had a total of 3 over the years all were St Vincent and all were magical. Sold them off for huge $$ money on the big site during the height of St Vincent mania
     
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  12. joe sch

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    Now is your chance to get a few more for cheap. Sounds like they maybe valuable in your rackets bag.
     
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  13. Ruark

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    I have a KS 85 I played before I moved up to a 100 sq. in. Head Orion 720 (which I still use). I can't decide whether to keep playing with it or not; it's an old friend.
     
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