Geostar racket

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  1. Autodidactic player

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    I know this is a shot in the dark but does anyone have the stringing pattern/instructions for the Geostar racket? The racket is listed in my 1983-1984 USRSA Stringers Digest but it simply says "X's plus diagonal stringing. Contact USRSA." Any help appreciated. Here's a picture:

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  2. OHBH

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    I would just string it two piece, go by the picture, and hope to god I don't come across any blocked holes. But I'm lazy like that. Unless it is for a customer or something.
     
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    My initial thought was to simply copy the pattern in the strung racket but when I took a closer look I opted to see if I could find instructions. The racket uses one string (two knots) and, like the MacGregor Longstring, some of the cross strings simply lay on top or below other cross strings and some get weaved. Luckily, a kind poster on the stringing forum had the instructions. Even with the instructions this looks like a mess but I've never had a racket defeat me yet! Here are the instructions from poster "Irvin" on the stringing forum. Thanks again!

     
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  4. joe sch

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    Interesting that the instruction state to pull the tension on both diagonals at the same time using a starting clamp. Wondering how that works ?
     
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  5. Autodidactic player

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    I'll let you know once I figure it out! :)

    I'm going to string this racket this weekend.
     
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    This is officially the most difficult racket I've ever strung and that includes the MacGregor Bergelin LongString and a couple of MadRaqs! Even with Irvin's instructions (thanks again) and another racket to review this took almost two hours and every flying clamp I could find. Here's the end result:

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    ^^^Good work, and even though it took 2 hours, looking on the bright side I can't imagine those strings are going to break any time soon, so you'll probably never need to ever string it again!
     
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  9. retrowagen

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    I had one of those Geostar racquets a couple of years back. I'm pretty sure I sold it (on auction) to one of you collectors who frequent and contribute here...

    Did not the MadRaq also have the same string configuration?

    I am surprised the racquet was not adopted by the Israeli Davis Cup team of the era - the string grids make neat Stars of David throughout! :)
     
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    Rod, that Danlo looks like a blatant copy of the early Yonex frames, minus the trademark 'O.P.S.' (Oval Pressed Shaft)...
     
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  11. Sanglier

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    The MadRaq is not as 'Geowish' :) as the GeoStar, because the former combines the diagonals with the mains (which makes more sense to me from a playability stand point, and is the reason I did the same on my Kuebler experiment), whereas the latter combines them with the crosses. As a result, the 'star' on the MadRaq does not sit flat when viewed at the normal display angle (i.e., with the racquet standing up-right); its vertical axis does not coincide with the longitudinal axis of the racquet frame, but is perpendicular to the latter (such that the star is correctly oriented only when the racquet is viewed horizontally).

    Ultimately, the excessive pain-in-the-rear that these patterns represented to the stringers (as experienced by Autodidactic Player just now) is probably what doomed these patterns to permanent obscurity.
     
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  12. Autodidactic player

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    Here are a few Mad Raqs for comparison:

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