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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    Good news!

    My new batch of demo rackets have arrived. I've now got TK7000S, TK600, Jetspeed 8PS, Jetspeed 8ST and Lightfighter 7350.

    Can't wait to string them and begin testing next week.

    Paul
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    Looking forward to your views on the rackets. I know most are excited for the Jetspeed series, I'm interested in hearing how the 7000S compares with the rest of the Thruster models, given it's head is different, and the TK600 sounds like more of an entry-level racket.

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    Yeah I'm a pretty old, slow and lumbering player. I don't need anything that makes me even slower!

    90-91g wet is my sweetspot at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark A View Post
    I've just gone over to ~295 Meteor-type balance, but I've been saying for years that Victor needed a stiff head-light Nanoray-killer. It'll be interesting to see how well they've done.

    I managed to set my MX-90 at 310 mm

    Unwrap the plastic at the grip
    Remove the original grip
    Wrap 1 layer of overgip AC-143
    Digital stringing NBG99 at 27x29 Lbs @4 Knots



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    Quote Originally Posted by Maklike Tier View Post
    I'd even argue that it was more important for Victor to go UP the BP scale, because until the Thrusters, they basically had nothing over 300, whereas the Voltric 80 and it's kin have been pushing 310.
    I would agree with this as well, actually: they need something x-stiff in the 300+ region, like the old SW35. The TK9000 would have been the perfect opportunity to do a 5/5, but maybe the catapult-tech negates the need for mega-stiffness...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maklike Tier View Post
    Mark, headlight rackets are completely out of fashion. You used to see them being played in the pro doubles ranks, but now even the pros have gone away from 290ish BP rackets. Yeah there's a couple of Nanoray players but it's a shrinking market.

    I'd even argue that it was more important for Victor to go UP the BP scale, because until the Thrusters, they basically had nothing over 300, whereas the Voltric 80 and it's kin have been pushing 310.

    Interestingly, I'm finding myself at the moment reaching more often then not to the prototype in my bag that (after I added 1g to the head) has a BP of 295, 90g wet, SW is 39ish grams. It gives me a bit more speed but doesn't really hinder me that much in the power stakes (Which I care less and less about these days with my aging and dodgy shoulder).

    If the 8PS is anything like that - and as fast as the proto that I'm using - it could be a real cracker.
    I agree with you, but a few of their 4U rackets are pretty head heavy. My 4U JJS is head heavier than my VT80.

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    4U's are always a bit of a wild-card in that they tend to be head-heavier than their 3U cousins. However for Victor, having a racket that clearly carries it's weight in the top half of the head is new for them. The JJS doesn't have that traditional Yonex-style 'head heavy' feel.

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    Well, Victor fans, here's your chance to browse the Victor catalog on your smartphone: there's an app for both Android and iOS released Jan 28.

    http://www.victorsport.com/news_detail.html?id=6331


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    I've had it for a while now. Some of the catalogues crash my ipad

    I don't know why catalogues need a dedicated app though. They're just pdfs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maklike Tier View Post
    I've had it for a while now. Some of the catalogues crash my ipad

    I don't know why catalogues need a dedicated app though. They're just pdfs.
    I always browse the internet on my phone so at least it means that I can actually download the catalogues now.

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    You don't need the app to read the catalog. I download it directly from victor's website and just use pdf reader to browse the catalog in my mobile.

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    I used this app yesterday to check the stringing pattern of TK7000S. However when you expand the photo used on this app, it's clear the racket was incorrectly strung.

    I do like the app.

    Paul
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    I used this app yesterday to check the stringing pattern of TK7000S. However when you expand the photo used on this app, it's clear the racket was incorrectly strung.

    I do like the app.

    Paul
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    Let's hope there are no 7000S in Birmingham, then.

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    Don't worry Mark - I've strung it. 2 piece and strings like BS rackets and old Yonex with shared grommets at 10-2 position, nice and easy.

    Paul
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    Paul,

    How would you compare the feel and balance of the TK7000S against the TK6000 and MX90?

    Can't wait for the full review...

    Gary

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    TK7000S is an altogether different animal. Whilst at club yesterday i handded it to some of the better players and they hit a lot of big smashes. That said, it's not as powerful as TK6000, although I didn't expect it to be.

    The 4/5 4/5 spec in a 4U allowed the racket to move really fast. The head shape leans towards traditional oval rather than isometric. However, I didn't experience any downsides with this.

    Last night I only had one game with this racket as I also wanted a hit with both the Jetspeed rackets.

    It has a different feel to MX90 but there again my MX90 sample was 3U and therefore I felt beefier. I do miss that racket.

    The lighter frame ensured 7000S was quicker in defence but that's to be expected.

    Overall a very nice racket for the limited time I had with it. The players that tested the racket also liked it.

    Paul
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    Geez the 7000S is ugly though.

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    Maklike

    That's a matter of opinion. I remember players making similar comments about MP99 when it was released and look how many used that racket.

    Having played a game with 7000S it performs really well and I didn't notice the colour or head shape at all. I need more time with it before I write my review.

    Jetspeeds are very interesting and I look forward spending more time with them over the next few weeks. It will be interesting to see how many of the new frames I string at All Englands.

    Paul
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