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tennistim777
08-11-2010, 08:23 AM
Hello, everyone. I currently use Alpha Gut 2000 17g in my racquet. It costs about $6 a set. I am thinking of trying something new and would like to stick with a multifilament or something similar. All suggestions would be welcome. Thank you.

Centered
08-11-2010, 08:49 AM
Dynamite at $7 a pack from TW (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=340640).

Keifers
08-11-2010, 09:25 AM
Yep, the old (soon to be re-released) Maxim Touch.

Also, Yonex 850 and 850 Pro are very good strings -- and great value at their price point.

origmarm
08-11-2010, 09:36 AM
I find the Mantis Power Syn to be very good. The Comfort Syn is good also but almost too much emphasis on comfort, similar to Explosiv! though from Weisscannon if you like that sort of thing. Excellent string and around $10.

TripleB
08-11-2010, 10:15 AM
Mantis Comfort Synthetic...amazing string, currently loving it as a cross with WC TurboTwist 1.24mm

Yonex Tour Super 850 would be my second choice.

TripleB

jim e
08-11-2010, 10:33 AM
A # of people here like Prince Syn. Gut Multifilament. At $9.00/ set not that bad a price compared to a # of other high priced multis out there.
Tecnifibre NRG2 is a good multi. and comes in at $12.95/ set (keep in mind that this one comes in 39' / set, not 40')

goran_ace
08-11-2010, 12:49 PM
OP, why don't we start with what dont you like about alpha gut 2000, or what specifically are you looking for in a string?

In terms of bang for your buck multi's alpha gut 2000 is tough to beat.

ryangoring
08-12-2010, 09:50 AM
tf multifeel

mikeler
08-12-2010, 10:17 AM
Yep, the old (soon to be re-released) Maxim Touch.

Also, Yonex 850 and 850 Pro are very good strings -- and great value at their price point.


If you get it in the reel, it comes out to $5.66 per racket.

JackB1
08-12-2010, 10:18 AM
Head FXP Power

The Dampener
08-12-2010, 11:04 AM
I was really please with Yonex 850s.

I just wish they made 'em in 17G and sold 'em in reels.

Xenakis
08-12-2010, 11:09 AM
Agreed about the Yonex, plays like a more expensive multi. I'd like to try Multifeel as I strung a racquet for someone with it and it felt decent, didn't get to hit with it though.

DE19702
08-12-2010, 11:39 AM
When I playtested the Yonex 850 I didn't like it. It felt stiff with no feel. I thought Prince Tournament Nylon was better. To each his own.

JackB1
08-12-2010, 11:52 AM
Babalot Addiction is $10 and a nice multi

TripleB
08-12-2010, 12:07 PM
Babalot Addiction is $10 and a nice multi

I think I got a bad batch when I tried this string. Everybody I talk to loves it, but as a cross for a poly it broke within 5 hours. The fastest I've broken a string since I tried Prince Synthetic Gut 17g in a POG mid.

TripleB

rodrigoamaral
08-12-2010, 12:51 PM
multifeel, maxim touch, yonex 850 are all great value strings

fgs
08-12-2010, 01:27 PM
mantis comfort synthetic offers amazing touch (very very close to isospeed professional at a much much lower price).
if you are a stringbreaker than mantis power synthetic could be an option. slightly better power and control than the comfort synthetic but also a little bit less touch.
i'm a heavy topspin hitter and played both as cross strings with various polys in the mains. i get about 8 hitting hours out of the comfort syn and 12 (absolute record!) out of the power syn.

The Dampener
08-12-2010, 01:57 PM
An inkling as to why Mantis Comfort Synthetic 17G costs 10% more than the 16G?

fgs
08-12-2010, 02:19 PM
the dampener,
to my knowledge the mantis strings currently come in a single gauge. the 16g is the comfort synthetic which is a pure multifilament while the 17g is the power synthetic which sports a solid core and has some thinner fibres around it as an outer wrap. so, they are different not only in gauge but also as a construction.
both are soft, the 16g more so than the 17g, and do really keep tension very well, besides other positive characteristics.
i've done reviews on both of them paired with the mantis power poly in the mains. i've played them also with other mains (kirschbaum competition, luxilon adrenaline etc.) and the characteristics are consistent with all of them.
since it's about "bang for the buck" - i do get the most bang from the power synthetic. but i hit heavy topspin - so, a flat hitter would most probably like the comfort syn more.

Lakers4Life
08-12-2010, 02:47 PM
Alpha Gut 2000 $6 a set.

Fedace
08-12-2010, 02:51 PM
That could be the BEST String name i have ever heard. "best bang for the buck"
Prince Synthetic gut the new version is the best

CHOcobo
08-12-2010, 03:03 PM
head rip control out last my addiciton big time. i think it's gonna last as long as the red x-one i had last year.

rip control is soft and a little lower powered string than the addiction. it's 6.35/set. twice as less than the x-one and nrg2 and the durability is about the same. you can't beat the price on that.

tennistim777
08-12-2010, 03:08 PM
OP, why don't we start with what dont you like about alpha gut 2000, or what specifically are you looking for in a string?

In terms of bang for your buck multi's alpha gut 2000 is tough to beat.

Thank you everyone for your input. Overall, I do like the Alpha 2000 string. Seems to lose it's tension rather quickly though. I am a "placement over power" player. I like a soft, control type string. I started playing with the Alpha 2000 string years ago when I read it won a 1994 award for playability. I just feel like experimenting with something new. Thank you all for your suggestions.

monkeyman
08-12-2010, 06:23 PM
Yonex 850 is just ugh.

Centered
08-12-2010, 08:12 PM
Thank you everyone for your input. Overall, I do like the Alpha 2000 string. Seems to lose it's tension rather quickly though. I am a "placement over power" player. I like a soft, control type string. I started playing with the Alpha 2000 string years ago when I read it won a 1994 award for playability. I just feel like experimenting with something new. Thank you all for your suggestions.
The softest synthetic strings, according to RSI's 2010 testing:

name, material, gauge, stiffness, tension loss

Head Perfect Power 17, Nylon, 1.22, 144, 14.8
Gamma Professional 18, Nylon/Zyex, 1.22, 144, 15.15
Alpha Gut 2000 18, Nylon, 1.21, 146, 14.67
Ashaway Dynamite 17 , Zyex/Nylon, 1.24, 147, 13.72
Gamma Asterisk 17, Nylon, 1.26, 150, 13.98
Isospeed Professional 17, Polyolefin, 1.25, 151, 15.35

Dynamite has the best tension retention. I'm interested to find out how the new Dynamite Soft will compare since it has many fine filaments unlike regular Dynamite which has six. It also is available in 18 gauge. That will likely be the softest multi on the market.

Alpha Gut 2000 17 is much stiffer than Dynamite 17 as well as Dynamite WB 16

Ashaway Dynamite WB 16, Zyex/Nylon, 1.37, 165, 13.21
Alpha Gut 2000 17, Nylon, 1.29, 183, 11.46

NRG-2 gets even stiffer but has outstanding tension retention in the 16 gauge.

Tecnifibre NRG2 18, Nylon/Polyurethane, 1.17, 181, 9.86
Tecnifibre NRG2 17, Nylon/Polyurethane, 1.24, 190, 9.55
Tecnifibre NRG2 16, Nylon/Polyurethane, 1.31, 197, 8.05

For those who like multifilament strings to play like "synthetic gut" (monofilament nylon) -- twice as stiff or more as natural gut but softer than the stiffer polys, then NRG-2 16 is one to consider simply because of its tension retention. As for "synthetic gut" (monofilament nylon), Gamma's cheaper and stiffer Dura Spin strings have very good tension retention, with the exception of the 15L.

Gamma Dura Spin w/Wearguard 16, Nylon, 1.37, 217, 8.95
Gamma Dura Spin 16 Nylon, 1.39, 223, 8.93

One thing to keep in mind with tension retention, though, is that the RSI testing isn't long-term. So, it's possible that some materials/constructions will lose more tension over time than others. Also, to put thing into perspective, compare the tension loss numbers above with strings like this:

Pacific Prime Gut 16, Natural Gut, 1.28, 97, 5.75
Polyfibre Poly Hightec 1.25, Polyester, 1.24, 239, 27.14

For really stiff ("crisp") multifilament strings:

Ashaway Composite XT Pro 16, Vectran, 1.3, 470, 14.34
Forten Aramid Composite 16, Kevlar/Nylon, 1.28, 619, 9.55

The Forten offers the best tension retention in an ultra-stiff string, while the Ashaway offers less stiffness than kevlar but more than the stiffest poly. Vectran is also widely spoken of as having very low creep, which suggests it should hold its tension well.

I prefer a softer string like Dynamite now. I used to use and recommend NRG-2, but my friend and I have both been converted. We'll see how well the Dynamite Soft holds up. I wish Ashaway would have used a new name for that string since it's really completely different. It would be less confusing.

ManuGinobili
08-13-2010, 02:05 AM
Mantis Synthetics are ridiculously good considering the price of a set or reel... I've never tried X-One or NRG 2, but other than that the Power Synthetic tops all other gut mimic stuff.

CHOcobo
08-22-2010, 09:45 PM
so what string(s) have you chosen? im trying to try out new strings too. so far it's just the addiciton, rip control, x-one. im not sticking to x-one. best of the 3 but way too pricey. new year or 2, polys.

pepka
08-23-2010, 02:23 AM
Yonex 850 is just ugh.

Why is that? Can anyone compare it to HRC? Someone mentioned new Prince string (although it's not a mf), how is it?

GameSetMatch
08-23-2010, 04:20 AM
Mantis Synthetics are ridiculously good considering the price of a set or reel... I've never tried X-One or NRG 2, but other than that the Power Synthetic tops all other gut mimic stuff.

I thought Power Synthetic was absurdly overpowered even at 57lbs. I only had to tap the ball and the ball would fly with the resultant loss of control. The stringbed just seemed to take on a life of its own. Not my kind of string.

parasailing
08-23-2010, 11:17 AM
I finally had the chance to try Alpha Gut 17g and I am impressed with the performance given the price. Now I just need to figure out how long it lasts me before tension starts to drop and when it breaks.