Alpha Gut 2000 vs Head Fibergel Power

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  1. coach

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    I'm going to be stringing for some grayhairs (like myself) with some arm problems and these both sound like good, affordable multis. Has anyone had experience with BOTH of them and can offer a good compare/contrast between the two? I need some softness and also some durability for my friend. Thanks for your input in advance.
     
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  2. Frankc

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    Two good, cost effective choices - like both, the Head string seems more durable as to tension retention and then reacts well to different tensions. The Head string seems more lively at higher tensions. Just my 2 cents...
     
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    Now tell him about your really soft string that you like...:)
     
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  4. Valjean

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    Unfortunately both of these lose tension and resilience very fast, aren't very playable, and lack for durability as well.

    There's a good reason why the best multis cost like they do, in other words.

    If you'd still like a bargain, try Klip's Excellerator and/or Prince's Premier, the one with Softflex. You'll still be saving some money, but in that price range you'll also be enjoying the string after your first week or so with it.
     
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  5. Frankc

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    Mikeler, Ah - good one!!!!

    Actually "that I love..." This is a relationship that will last... Ah, MCS, let me count the ways...
     
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  6. coach

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    thanks guys, some good strings to try!
     
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  8. coach

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    have been using both strings a lot and have found some interesting properties in the last year. I found that the Alpha string hits great first hit right after stringing. No break in period for me. It's uber soft, good power and control like most multifilaments, but as soon as you notice a notch, it snaps about 30 minutes later. The Head Fibergel is a more stout string, requires a normal break-in, still soft, but more power. Lasts maybe 15% longer than the Alpha string. Both nice but different. These were strung 52-53 pounds, with Gosen or other syn gut crosses, and on a Prince 03 Tour
     
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  9. NLBwell

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    I've played AlphaGut a lot in small-headed rackets. It will last pretty well in a very tight string pattern, and I think it plays as well as far more expensive multis. However, in a larger-headed racket or a wide string pattern I don't think it will last long at all.
     
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    yeah NLBwell - you are right about the open string patterns. At 16x19 that I use, with 100 sq in head, and at the lower recommended range, strings move a lot and the sawing motion = broken strings. For both those strings, it's 8 - 10 hours for me in hot weather, longer in winter with less string movement.
     
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