Advice on stringing a Prince O3 Red???

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  1. SteveI

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    Hello Fellow Stringers:

    I have never done one of these frames before, but I have done other O Port frames, so I do not have questions about the stringing of the O Ports. My questions is that this frame has some non 0 Port sections (top) on the top of the frame, some of which have grommets and other that have no grommets. On the top of the frame there are 6 or 7 unprotected un-grommeted areas and 6 grommeted areas that have full grommets thur the frame and out the other side. There are 4 that are used for tie offs and two other it seems, random grommeted holes. I just got a brand new grommet bumper set from TW.

    Please help I am confused. These areas that have no grommets look very unsafe and look like they should have some sort of protection. The only protection I can see is the bumper guard on the outside of the frame which seems safe but the inside of the frame looks scary. Am I missing parts? Do I tube each one to be safe? I called TW to make sure I had the correct set of grommets.

    One last question. I also am in need of one piece stringing instructions of this frame.

    Regards,
    Steve

    Any helpful comments are welcome.
     
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  2. Irvin

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  4. Irvin

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    No problem, if it looks like the string is chipping through pain on the racquet you should definitely tube the strings around the grommets. Or you can tube the string around the bare frame O3 Port holes just to be on the safe side.
     
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  5. SteveI

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    I not so sure this frame (grommet system) design is the best and I hate to have to restring this frame after a short time for this customer. I am going to tube anything that looks like trouble. I am not a lover of these Prince frames. Give me a standard grommet system any day of the week. Those bare holes (non O Port) are not a great design feature.. :-( . Reminds me of the Old "MORE" frames until Prince decided to countersink the holes and take off the sharp edges.

    Thanks again..
    Steve
     
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  6. struggle

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    I often tube those areas you speak of. never done a red, but the white and blue are similar. I don't recall that issue on my speedport blacks.
     
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  7. SteveI

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    I will indeed tube them also. Thanks..

    Steve
     
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  8. Roger Wawrinka

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    O ports are such a pain to string.
     
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    After I've gotten used to them I don't mind them. It certainly helps that my machine has a brake. I also find that if I string them 2 piece...that weaving the first couple crosses prior to tensioning the last couple mains really helps. Otherwise, you could be uttering 4 letter words while trying to feed string through some tight spaces. Or worse yet, you could end up with a cross-over on the outside of the frame. Lastly, i often put head tape on the hoop in hopes to prevent a premature break.
     
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    Thanks again.. all great tips. In general, stringing an O Port frame is a pain.. but these un-grommeted standard holes (non- O Port) are really a bad design.
     
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  11. Roger Wawrinka

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    Yes, once you learn how to use the brake effectively, O ports aren't that bad, but there still time consuming.
     
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  12. SteveI

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    Yes.. even when you learn how to do them.. it is time consuming.
     
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  13. Irvin

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    Why are the un-grommeted holes difficult?
     
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  14. SteveI

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    Thanks for all the help!!! The 6 holes all need to be tubed IMHO.. they are too scary looking to me. Prince did not do a great job with that design.

    The PDF from Prince (from you Irvin) was so much help.

    Regards,
    Steve
     
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    Easiest way to do O Port racquets is to use a proper size S-hook.
     
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    That's no hill for a climber. Don't place the tubing in place until you have a clamp on the string next to the hole you are tubing. Place the tubing so it barely extends past the frame and when you pull tension on the next string there will be little movement on the clamped string and the tubing will stay in place.

    EDIT: IMHO I don't like to see the tubing extending down the string past the frame.
     
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  17. SteveI

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    Thanks again..
     
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  18. djNEiGht

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    I did a blue o-port and the string time was practically doubled. There was wear and scratches that I basically had to tube almost every o-port.

    My brother-in-law has recently started playing with the red and I'm just waiting for that next storm to come in.
     
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  19. Irvin

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    I check every Prince racket for paint chips and if I see one I tube the strings that touch bare frame. I also sometimes use power pads on the bottom and tubing on the outside.
    [​IMG]
     
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  20. djNEiGht

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    how much power does the power pad actually provide? or simply, does it? I'll keep that in mind when the red O-port comes my way
     
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  21. Irvin

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    They don't but it does make for a softer feel and helps protect the string (and grommet) from sharp turns like the Babolat Woofer system.
     
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  22. am1899

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    Incidentally, where does one purchase power pads these days?
     
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  23. djNEiGht

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    get get spare scraps of leather...usually from the end of a grip install
     
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  24. am1899

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    ^^ Thanks!
     
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