Do You String Yourself?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by REKX, Jan 27, 2014.

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Racquet Stringing?

  1. String My Own

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  2. Pay Someone

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  3. Other (please specify).

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  1. COPEY

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    While I too agree with the above, it's by no means a profound statement. You can say the same about countless hobbies/professions. I'm into reef tanks/freshwater aquariums. I took a hiatus from the hobby for a number of years only to discover I had a ton of catching up to do; LOTS of things had changed.

    The "process" of stringing is easy, however, it does take time to become a highly skilled & proficient stringer.
     
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  2. struggle

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    racket stringing is not difficult.

    i think your typical hands/tool users are much more adept, but it's not surgery, hard to really screw up..........after a few minor mis-haps.
     
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  3. zapvor

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    10000 from 75-79?
     
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  4. Chotobaka

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    Hey, a chimp flew into space. And made it back alive.
     
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  5. zapvor

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    interesting. i prefer mat instead of regular floor
     
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  6. struggle

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    I know, and I'm still upset with the Professor for never getting Maryann off that damned island.

    running shoes for me.
     
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  7. Andyroo10567

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    I prefer squatting. Because sometimes regular floors and mats are for pussies.
     
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  8. JT_2eighty

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    I also string my own. It's a money saver after about 9 or so restrings, depending on how much you pay for a dropweight and how much you were paying labor at your pro shop.

    My problem was I went off the deep end buying and experimenting with strings, and so it can be a double-edged sword if you read these forums too much... "ooh look at that new string I want to try this, and that, and maybe this other one..."

    But, as long as you keep the experimentation in check, you can get an affordable dropweight, watch a few youtube videos, and be on your way in no time.

    I like the added benefit in knowing YOU are the one that strung your own racquet. There is no questioning whether the pro shop messed up your tension, or if a different guy does it every time, resulting in inconsistencies. Once you get a few racquets under your belt, it pays dividends for sure, in many ways.

    Good luck!
     
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  9. emilyhex

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    If I can string, anyone can string.

    Although interesting forum to take the poll. It's like walking into a seafood restaurant and saying, does anyone here like seafood? Hence, the lopsided results.
     
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  10. storypeddler

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    I have heard a lot of people who string say this, but I just can't see it for me. My satisfaction comes from playing, and I truly can't imagine that I would enjoy taking the time to string my racquets, much less the time it would take to initially learn how to.
     
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  11. Muppet

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    How about the convenience of turning your racquet around at home, saving money, and being able to choose your own strings online?
     
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  12. zapvor

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    bingo! totally
     
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  13. BretH

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    For me stringing was pretty easy to learn - the knots were harder but for both there was my Klippermate manual and YouTube. I am an ex-bicycle mechanic and I find it similar to building up wheels - which I absolutely love to do.

    So why? Well, I took my racquet to a local store recommended for stringing and the didn't really seem to know much (neither did I at that time) so I ended up with 16 gauge Wilson Enduro at 60 lbs. I hit for about 10 minutes before I realized it was EXTREMELY wrong for me.

    That $35 mistake led me to research on strings, and stimulated my curiosity about trying different types and hybrids. When you think the Klippermate cost $120 that's what - 3-4 string jobs. Plus I can change whenever I like.

    Ironically I seem to be settling down to a simple multi full bed after lots of experimentation but the journey has been a lot of fun for me.

    So I guess if you like tinkering with things, I recommend stringing yourself wholeheartedly. Otherwise read up, try friends racquets, and don't be too worried that you stick with a "boring" choice.

    It may be a benefit for many, because then there's no second-guessing the strings :)
     
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  14. max

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    Another Kontent Klippermate Kustomer: it's great.

    I enjoy stringing. I like doing fine-motor craftwork; it's a fit for my temperament and my skills and my background in handling wide ranges of fix-its and make-its.

    Brett's comment above reminds me: I'm planning to learn some more advanced bike fix skills this summer.
     
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  15. sphinx780

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    I've been stringing my own for 20 years or so on a Klippermate and have no issues with it. Takes roughly 30 minutes now and to me it's relaxing.

    I've tinkered enough to get the results I want and couldn't tell you how much money it saved me over the years with High School, college and then league before the kids really cut down the court time.
     
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  16. MixedMaster

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    I've come into possession of two of the old TR Stringers from the 90's I think. Strung a racket with it the other night and it seemed to work fairly well...not sure how accurate the tension was. Waiting on a meter to come. Would anyone, just by chance, have the instruction manual for one of these stuffed in a closet someplace????
     
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  17. Irvin

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    Is that the old Tremont stringer?
     
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  18. MixedMaster

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    Yes, It's the T-145. Actually seems to work pretty good....
     
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  19. Rajan Rackets

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    I started on a Klipper 3 years ago. Just short of a year later- my coach gave me an Alpha crank with glide bar clamps - sadly, it didnt have the caps for the mounting so it was un-usable. Sold it for parts, sad to see it go...
    Most recently- (this past July) I got a Babolat Star 3 for a STEAL. 1 loose connection on the inside that you had to hold to pull. Took out the board - soldered in the pins - re calibrated and works like a dream.
    Long story short - Yes, I string my rackets.
     
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  20. Bud

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    I finally caught up today and re-strung my APDO and two 2012 PDR's

    APDO is a bit of an experiment with a multifilament main (Prince Lightning XX) and Ashaway Monogut Zyex for a cross.
     
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  21. MixedMaster

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    You don't happen to know anyone who has a copy of the operating instructions for it do you???
     
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  22. loosegroove

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    Uh, probably doesn't make for the greatest acronym to express your satisfaction as a Klippermate user.
     
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  23. 3fees

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    String my own.
     
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  24. red rook

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    I've got a Gamma Progression st-ii. Its great - but those switch lock clamps on the higher end models look so tempting...
     
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  25. user92626

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    I string myself. I still don't get the significance between a 150usd drop weight and a 800usd electronic. I string my own with a said drop weight and play better than when I took it to the shop and done with an expensive Babolat electronic.

    Stringing at home saves me tons of money and time and I make it interesting by using different strings and tensions everytime! haha I always look forward to trying out the result so it's never boring.
     
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  26. purple-n-gold

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    I had a TR back in the 80's. Don't know what happened to it. I'll look around but highly doubt I have the old manual.
     
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  27. MixedMaster

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    Thanks!! I've searched online and can't find instructions anywhere..You'd think there'd be something out there..
     
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  28. 3fees

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    always string myself
     
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  29. Irvin

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    I had and old TR and there wasn't a manual. All there was with mine was a large foldout about 2' x 3' with pictures and instructions. Not much to it. You mount the frame. To pull tension you ran the string around a post on the crank once and held it with one clamp. Then you used another clamp to hold the string in the racket.

    If I still had my TR stringer I would make you a video but I don't.
     
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  31. shaysrebelII

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    I have no such background, but I too love stringing. I'm not a 'natural' when it comes to fine motor craftwork, but when I put in the time to learn something of that nature, I tend to really enjoy it. Stringing is a good example of this. I was a slow learner, and it still takes me a long-ish time to complete a string job, but I don't anticipate letting someone else string for me ever again.

    To the OP, I've got a Gamma Progression II stringer. It's of the tabletop lockout variety. It's pretty pricey, so I'd recommend starting somewhere a little safer.
     
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  32. Irvin

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    LttlElvis made a post several years ago saying he had the instructions. He still may if you can contact him but he does not accept emails from TW.
     
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  33. MixedMaster

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    I don't think I know LttlElvis. Is he a regular poster? Maybe if someone knows him they would let him know I'm looking for the instructions. Thanks for the info Irvin, that's something at least in the right direction.
     
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  36. wilsonmakesmeSTEAM

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    tw strung it for me

    other than that i'd probably ask my tennis coach
     
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  37. ttbrowne

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    I love stringing so far. I get to see every different racquet come thru the door at our place. I lucked out because I'm in a place where we have 3 other stringers that are really good at it. Any time I get stuck, I ask them or I can text them and they always help.
     
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