Any problems with cutting out unplayed string and stringing it in another racquet?

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  1. Engelworks

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    I'm sure the string wouldn't be as durable since there will already be crimps, but I'm just playing for fun at the moment so that won't bother me. I have 2 recently strung 93 inch 18x20 racquets, and I'd like to cut the string out and string them in my 95 inch 16x18 racquets. On 1 racquet the string is slightly played with (~30 min) and the other is unplayed. Both are multifilament (NXT Tour 16), and I did 2 piece stringing. They were originally strung at 55 lbs but I'd like to string them at 60 on the new racquets. Do you think I'll have enough length for the knots? Are there any reasons why I shouldn't do this? I'll just be playing with my new racquets from now on and I'd rather not have the string go to waste.
     
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  2. Engelworks

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    Forgot to add that I was thinking about cutting at the grommet at each of the 4 knots then alternate undoing a cross then a main from opposites sides and so forth.
     
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  3. esgee48

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    Your racquets, so why not. I would actually string a little looser (-2 to -5 #) since you have pulled the elasticity from the Nxt already. It may come up short, so look up the term 'bridging' where you use scrap string to help reach the tensioning mechanism. You should also mount the frame on your stringer before cutting out the old string. Reduce the stress on the frame this way.
     
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  4. Andyroo10567

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    Re-using string in other words. The only way to re-use string is to cut out the mains and use them for crosses. Unless you have a Big Bubba or something, then you can use crosses for mains/crosses for a smaller sqin head size same with mains. You can do them for YOUR OWN racquets at your own risk. Here is a thread about it : http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=405798
     
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  5. Irvin

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    I don't think the strings will be long enough.
     
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    Me neither, very similar string lengths for both setups. You might get away with it in a two piece job with VERY LITTLE string left for tensioning.

    You did end up cutting most of the excess string away already, so chances are slim. What you should do (rather than risk it), is measure the string length, if it's within the order of inches, I wouldn't even bother.
     
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  7. Irvin

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    Even if the strings do fit (and they may) they won't play any better than Sensation and if you buy three mini reels of Sensation it is about $5.33/set. I think the Sensation will also last longer than used NXT also.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Sensation_16_String_Mini_Reel/descpageACWILSON-SEN16TWMR.html


    And remember that NXT has been pre stretched so it will not stretch much more in the new frame so you will actually need more string than you normally do for that frame.


    Believe it or not but 60# in a 16x18 95" frame is about 5# softer than 55# in a 18x20 93" frame. The smaller head and denser pattern makes a big difference when comparing it to the larger head and open pattern.
     
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  8. Adles

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    How long do you think it will take you to unthread the racquet? To save like $6?
    And, not only will the string have kinks in it, but the wear of having been woven then unwoven.

    Very (very, very, etc...) thrifty.
     
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  9. Irvin

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    If I send you $6 will you send me a set of NXT? Oops sorry I cant do that in this forum. My point is the string may or may not be worth $6, but what the OP is asking is if it is possible and why he should or should not do it. I can see his point he just does not want to waste two $17 sets of strings.

    When I first started stringing I strung an OS racket one piece with a set of VS Gut. When I took the frame off the stringer and checked it I noticed a miss weave right dead center of the string bed. Was I going to cut it out and throw it in the garbage? I cut the two ends and strung it in my ProStaff a few days later. That was the only time I ever put gut in my racket. If I could have kept it in play I would have left it there as it was the best feeling string I ever played with.
     
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  10. Engelworks

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    Thanks everyone for the replies. Although I hate for it to go to waste, in light of your advice I think I'll just consider it a sunk cost and use new string.
     
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  11. TennisCJC

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    I met an old guy in his 80s on a fixed retirement income. He strung his own rackets with remnants left over from string jobs he did for friends to save money. Once he had 3 or 4 types of string in his racket and several knots to hold it all together. So, yes, it can be done but I suggest springing for a new set of strings as used string has lost elasticity and should be relatively dead and worn.
     
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  12. nacolo

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    It is your rackets, it is your strings, do what you want to do, for the experiment or for the fun of it.
    No need to ask for someone's opinions. They may ridicule you for being cheap ...like myseft :)
     
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  13. Irvin

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    If someone asked me to do it for them I would charge them double. Once to take the strings out and once to put them back in and offer no warranties what-so-ever.
     
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