View Full Version : Alpha Gut 2000, crisp or mushy
10-16-2004, 12:32 PM
I've been reading a few threads about Alpha 2000 and the comments are all over the place. Some say, mushy, some say crisp, some say good tension maintenance others say not. I'd like to get a concensus from people who have strung it and people who have used it. Thanks.
10-16-2004, 12:41 PM
It's on the upper end as far as stiffnees goes for a multi, but it's still softer than your typical solid core syn gut. It also has a relatively low initial tension loss rating, so I'd fall on the crisp, not bad at tension holding side. This is according to the USRSA test data.
10-16-2004, 01:24 PM
i've gotta disagree w. gaines on this one having tried it a couple of times...i found it quickly turned spongy feeling and had significant tension loss. think sometimes the USRSA data is way off base, and others times extremely accurate. ed
10-16-2004, 04:04 PM
I really enjoy Alpha Gut 2000. I find it mid range in terms of stiffness. It is not as stiff as LF Supreme or even Tournafiber Irradiated, but it is stiffer than NXT and some of the Technifibre multis. As for tension it is average. Does drop some, like most multis, but it isn't unreasonable. The pearlized coating adds some durability, BUT tends to allow the strings to move around a bit. Perhaps it is string movement that the detractors are not liking. This is a great string to use in hybrids with both natural gut and poly...it also stands on it's own pretty well.
10-16-2004, 04:54 PM
this is another classic example of why folks should form their own opinion about racquets and strings if they are good enough to discern the differences. perceptions of something are very individualized. i think it is a lousy string to use in a hybrid because you get a huge tension imbalance w. the gut holding tension well and the alphagut not. also, the real gut plays alot more crisply than the alphagut, and makes for a pretty soggy hybrid IMO, but then again many people seem to think gut play soft..i think it plays nice and crisp, epecially compared to the alphagut. no offense to either gaines or jerry of course..i think they're both very knowledgable people.
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10-16-2004, 05:13 PM
I prefer a solid core synthetic in a gut hybrid as well. Forten Sweet and Gosen OG Sheep Micro work well and make for a really nice, affordable gut hybrid. Prince with duraflex makes for a little crispier stringbed.
Alpha Gut 2000 is a good buy, but it does go mushy IMHO. I like to use the 18 guage, because I break it before it exhibits its mush-itude. To each his own, however.
10-16-2004, 06:36 PM
Thanks for the comments guys. BTW...I wasn't planning on doing a hybrid w/ alpha2000...but rather a full set of the stuff. My goal here is to find a relatively crisp (for a multi), reasonably priced multi to try in my Ncode 6195.
Normally I think racket "opinions" are usually way more subjective than string opinions. I think (thought) that people can easily differentiate between mushy and crisp feels in a string. Maybe I was wrong. To me, the word mushy could be used to describe Live Wire XP 17g wheras an extreme example of crisp would be 19g kevlar.
Of course I can just buy a few sets of alpha and decide for myself but I'd rather get some peoples impressions first to help me narrow the field.
10-16-2004, 10:43 PM
Mushy. It plays great for about 5 hours and then it's kaput.
10-17-2004, 08:53 AM
Crisp Multi? Give Dunlop Max Comfort a try.
10-17-2004, 09:21 AM
I've used the 16 and 17g Alpha Gut 2000. I'd say it was crisp for a multi. In one racket, I had it in for nearly 30 days before it felt significantly softer. This was in a backup racket, so it probably had only about 10 hrs of play on it. But still, up to 30 days it felt fine.
10-18-2004, 08:46 AM
i use and love alpha gut 2000. i was looking for a cheaper version of bab. powergy and found alpha gut. i like the way it plays through the whole range of its life - i use a 16 guage and it lasts me 10 sets or so which is just slightly less than a synth. gut for me.
you should try it b/c i think it is a bit hard to describe string. i would say that it feels crisp but also holds the ball well for control - so, that might be both crisp and mushy, i suppose depending on whom you ask.
i don't know about using it in hybrids. i've only used synth. gut for hybrids.
10-18-2004, 11:54 AM
Held tension well for me, more on the crisper than mushy.
10-19-2004, 11:48 AM
Feel is of course very subjective, but I just didn't like the feel of alpha gut. It also moved around like crazy. I was glad that it didn't last long so I could restring. For an extra 2 or 3 bucks you can find what I think are much nicer multis.
10-19-2004, 12:36 PM
I tried 18 gauges and thought as one of the softest strings
I've tried. Then again, I've only tried solid core, polyesters
and crisp multis.... Compared to TF NRG2 18 gauge, Alpha
Gut 2000 is no where near to "crisp" side.. If I consider NRG2
as good overall multi's, Alpha Gut 2000 is way on the soft side.
I really like the 17 in my MW200G...IMO it felt 'crisp', but it was likely because the frame is fairly flexy + a bit on the damped/muted side. Great combo in this frame though. The pearlized coating did let the strings slide around. I'd use it again.
10-20-2004, 07:48 AM
they'll slide around if you string low, have an open pattern, etc. Mine didn't move.
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