Hi there. New to the forum and joining the throngs here in search of a new and hopefully improved racquet. Even though I've been playing for a long time, this will only be my second real racquet purchase and the first time I'm doing racquet research before buying so experts here, please forgive my rather basic questions! First, some basic info about me as a player: Style: More offensive than defensive. Fond of smashes and power shots, weaker in drop shots and forecourt. Level: Intermediate? Hoping to become more advanced, naturally! Played competitively in school teams and recreationally for many years but never much formally coached. Enjoy singles and doubles. Build: Petite Asian girl so I'm inclined towards a lighter racquet which still generates a good amount of power. Weight will factor into my decision. (Though I play tennis as well, so a bit more weight isn't the end of the world.) Budget: less than US$60 (around HK$500 max.) Previous racquet: a Prince Destroyer from ages ago that was on sale! A few questions: 1. I am inclined towards buying a Yonex racquet because it seems to be the leading brand in badminton racquets and having never owned one, I would like to see if they really are better. But I open to recs from all brands as long as they are of good quality and good value for money. I have noticed there are brands such as Winex and Fleet which seem to be ripping off Yonex racquets and technology for a fraction of the price, so my first question is are these brands any good and how do they compare to the real thing? My budget would not allow me to get a top of the line Yonex racquet, but I'd probably be able to get it under these brands. Good idea or no? 2. In terms of Yonex racquets, what is the main difference between the Ti, Armotec, Muscle Power and Carbonex series? Sadly, staff at the shops were only either able to tell me that some of them were newer or had more materials mixed into it- and hence better . What are their relative strengths and weaknesses? Since there are racquets in each series which would fit my budget, I'm looking for more info to help with my decision. 3. I was told that the 'higher' the model no. in a series, the better the racquet was because it was newer and had more advanced technology. I'm not going to just accept that assumption so I'd like to know if there are particular model nos. recommended in these Yonex series that are within my budget? For example, I was trying to decide between Ti3, Ti5..vs Muscle Power 44 (i think) and it was hard to feel the difference in a shop! 4. I was told that Ti3 was definitely better than the cheaper Ti1 and 2 because starting from Ti3 onwards, the racquets were Made in Japan rather than Taiwan. Does that really matter? 5. The racquets I saw were mostly unstrung and the shop offered to string them with Yonex BG 65. Since I've never bought a racquet unstrung before, I don't know if that's a good tension to suit my style or should I pay a bit more for something better? In much need of advice from the experts here, thanks! And pls excuse the long post.