Bow Brand Gut 17 versus 18 gauge.

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Mark Carlisle, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. Mark Carlisle

    Mark Carlisle New User

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    I just purchased a few sets of 18 gauge - nice strings. However the first set lasted for a mere 1 1/2 hours before breaking. The 17 gauge typically last me for 10-15 hours playing time

    Is this normal ? Thanks
     
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  2. NoBadMojo

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    it is normal for a string that thin...the bow 18ga is incredibly thin and therefore not durable at all. the 17ga you are using is equivalent to 18ga in most other strings. 10-15 hours is pretty good for bow 17ga....if you arent using stringsavers, using them in the right manner will give you even more usable life and is certainly worthwhile doing. ed
     
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  3. Mark Carlisle

    Mark Carlisle New User

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    NoBadMojo thanks your reply,

    Have not considered string savers as I restring my own rackets but maybe I should. The 18 gauge does look thin and the literature even suggests they were originally squash strings. The person at Bow Brand I spoke with suggested that each time after playing I should coat the strings with a mix of 4 parts metholated spirit to 1 part baby oil to prolong the life. However I didn't get that far and they broke before the end of the session. Admittedly the 10-15 hours life of 17 gauge is playing indoors. The 17 gauge usually lasts for 8-10 hours when playing outside.
     
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    my pleasure....i have found the stringsavers help much more than applying coatings and is way less a pain in the arse, but the experience of others may differ. give the stringsavers a try..elastocrosses are best.....whenever you see a string start to fray, stick a stringsaver in there at that point. it really helps prolong the life of the strings...eventually you will have a few of them in there, but will have gained quite a bit of stringlife and it doesnt affect playability that way <for me>. you may also wish to give their 16L guage a try..it is like the 17ga of other companies. hope this helps. ed
     
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