Botched string job, replace crosses?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by KickItUp, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. KickItUp

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    Hi,

    I have been reading the forums for a while but first time posting :)
    I recently bought the Gamma-X2 stringing machine and strung my first racquet. This was a hybrid with the mains ( poly at 57) and crosses ( multi at 54). After doing some research I realized I had the numbers switched around. There is a lot of movement in the crosses and the control is not very good. I have some syn gut strings which came with the machine but no more polys. I have ordered some from TW and they should be coming in Tuesday.
    So the question is this - I know doing everything over would solve the problem - but is there any value in just cutting out the multi crosses and replacing with syn gut at a higher tension? Are there any downsides to this? I did not see any movement in the poly mains.

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    Manny
     
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  2. KickItUp

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    Not sure why I didn't find any results in my last search but I got a few hits this time and it does not seem like a good idea. I will just wait a few days and restring from scratch.
     
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  3. Woolybugger

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    I have only done this once, and hesitatingly. First, mount your racket nice and snug on the stringer. Then cut out the crosses and restring them. Probably don't want to make it a habit of doing this.

    Only problem I see is that poly dies quickly (2 weeks) if you play often on it. So it there's not much life left in the poly, I wouldn't bother putting in a new cross.

    BTW, I typically string my poly mains at 52 and multi crosses at 58.
     
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  4. KickItUp

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    Tx for your input. I realized most of the people doing it had a expensive main they were trying to reuse. I think there is no justification for doing it with a poly main. Good info on the tension numbers, I will try those for the next restring.
     
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  5. fortun8son

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    Just restring the whole thing, unless you want practice using a debatable technique.
    Yeah, you had the numbers reversed.
    52/56 works. So does 54/58.
    IMO 52/58 is pushing it.
    What's the tension range of the frame?
     
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  6. LanEvo

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    Honestly, you can tell the difference in that 3lbs of difference on mains and crosses? I think you should hit with the frame a bit more and let it settle in, and then decide if it is worth it to cut out. I mean once it settles in and the tension drops off, the strings should play better.
     
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  7. KickItUp

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    I finally did end up replacing the crosses but for a different reason. I cut away all the string from my original job and after I had restrung the racket one of the finishing knots on the crosses came loose. I removed the crosses after mounting the racket and restrung the racket. The job turned out ok.

    I just did not like the original job and there was a lot of movement in the crosses ( multi). A properly strung racket may have had a better feedback, this was not. I have now strung at 53/57 and this feels much more consistent. The racket was rated for 52-62.
     
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  8. mikeler

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    Some multi crosses will move a lot especially when strung in the 50s.
     
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  9. bigmalik76

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    That is my setup, never had any issues and really like the way Multi/Poly setup play at that tension. Have been thinking about taking it to 52/56 but why do you feel 52/56 is pushing it?
     
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