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rocket
11-08-2005, 08:14 AM
If this question has been asked, sorry & pls point me to the right thread...

Folks, what's the best string(s) for 65 lbs & above? I'm currently on 75 lbs (70 lbs strung + 5 lbs w/ string savers), couldn't be happier, but the string drops 5 lbs after 2 hrs of play. My stringer advised me on a TOA Silencer 17g, which gives me a nice feedback, but after those 2 hrs of fairly hard hitting, I could feel the string was getting loose on me. Tested it again with a stringmeter & sure enough, 5 lbs dropped off the stringbed. I'd like to stick with a 17g since it gives me a good response, though I understand that at such tension, the string might not last long. Any thoughts?

arifed
11-08-2005, 11:21 PM
... Any thoughts?

That you use very high tensions.

You are probably so used to this tensions that you can't afford the normal drop that every string job suffer from.

To try to give you a piece of advice, I guess everybody here need to know your options:
do you want a string that lasts long and holds very high tensions or are you ready to "accept" a string that has to be cut or get broken after a couple of hours?
In the first case, gut is supposed to have the best relience but I don't know if it can keep up that level of tensions. In the second case, go for an economic poly, string it at your preferred tension and be ready to cut it once it gets loose.

Hope this help

ffrpg
11-09-2005, 06:39 AM
There's no way adding string savers could increase your string bed by 5lbs. How did you come up with that number?

rocket
11-09-2005, 11:12 AM
That you use very high tensions.

You are probably so used to this tensions that you can't afford the normal drop that every string job suffer from.

To try to give you a piece of advice, I guess everybody here need to know your options:
do you want a string that lasts long and holds very high tensions or are you ready to "accept" a string that has to be cut or get broken after a couple of hours?
In the first case, gut is supposed to have the best relience but I don't know if it can keep up that level of tensions. In the second case, go for an economic poly, string it at your preferred tension and be ready to cut it once it gets loose.

Hope this help

Yep, tension & feel are everything to me. I know that all strings will drop their tensions eventually, plus I favor a 17g (a sure road to regular breaks). What I'm looking for is a string that can hold the tension well until it snaps, but something that doesn't break way too prematurely. :)

rocket
11-09-2005, 11:20 AM
There's no way adding string savers could increase your string bed by 5lbs. How did you come up with that number?

String savers create more zigzags on you strings (look from the top-down or bottom-up),thus pulling them tighter. I had a freshly strung racquet @ 70 lbs, measured it with the stringmeter & it showed 70 lbs. After I added on the savers, it showed 75 lbs. :cool:

You have to use them all over the sweet spot area or even allover the stringbed to achieve this increase. A couple here & there wouldn't do.

TennsDog
11-09-2005, 03:30 PM
I agree that 5 lbs just from string savers sounds like an aweful lot. I would say they could increase the tension by one or two lbs, maybe, if you are using the thick plastic ones.
Anyway, natural gut seems like the best bet for keeping playability and tension at high tension ranges, but a 17 guage gut at high tension would not last long at all, I don't think. My first piece of advice would be to try learning to play with strings at a lower tension. You could try stringing at about 60 lbs with a polyester string. That would probably give you comparable playability (control and power) as a playable string at 70 lbs. Other than that, there probably isn't much else you can do to keep a string that tight and keep it playing the way you want for its life.