How Do You Ensure Stringbed Consistency

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Valjean, May 14, 2012.

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Which of the following have you adopted to help with stringbed consistency?

  1. Pulling alternating mains ONE at a time

    13 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. Using the slowest pulling speed (if automated)

    7 vote(s)
    26.9%
  3. Waiting up to a minute before clamping each string

    3 vote(s)
    11.5%
  4. Fixed clamps

    15 vote(s)
    57.7%
  5. Multi-point support system

    17 vote(s)
    65.4%
  6. Measuring tension after each stringjob

    7 vote(s)
    26.9%
  7. Stringing two-piece

    17 vote(s)
    65.4%
  8. Other

    7 vote(s)
    26.9%
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  1. Valjean

    Valjean Hall of Fame

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    Sure, doing your own racquet(s) saves money, lets you make some, and allows you to experiment with strings and string combinations until you find the right one. But unhappiness with the stringwork we've been forced to buy still is often the most important reason for starting in.

    So, which of these practices we all want do you follow?

    Select as many as you think might apply...
     
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  2. SwankPeRFection

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    Me, personally and because I use a constant pull machine, I wait until the string doesn't stretch anymore on the pull before I clamp it off. This usually is about a 10-15 second wait after pulling tension. If I do this with each pull on every string, I'm left with a stringbed that feels the same after stringing each time and the playability along with the length of time of that playability is always the same. If it feels the same frame after frame with each string job, I know it's consistent.

    I've gotten strung by different people at a local shop and I can always tell when it's been strung by different people. That's why when I found a string job that I liked how it felt, I asked who had done the work and requested that person each time afterward until I just started stringing for myself to minimize the bs (i.e. frame damage, etc.).
     
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  3. bugeyed

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    Apart from clean clamps & such, I think that the most important factor in a repeatable & uniform stringbed is related to technique. Developing a comfortable rhythm when stringing will help you with uniformity in the stringbed tension from racquet to racquet. It takes focus & careful attention to several details at once, but it's the best way to string well & develop speed without sacrificing quality.
    Edit:
    If I might add. Learning to string is like learning to dance. You first learn the steps & then you learn how to make them work together & then you make it look easy.

    Cheers,
    kev
     
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  4. rich s

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    all of the above except for waiting up to a minute to clamp a string.....

    there is no silver bullet to insure stringbed consistency.... it's a process...
     
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  5. drakulie

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    THIS. ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Good luck.
     
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  6. fortun8son

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    I agree, as well, so I won't vote.
    Whatever techniques you choose, stick with it. Don't flip-flop.
    Consistency breeds consistency.
    There are many "right" ways and some that are definitely "wrong", but I think you know enough to avoid most of the latter.
     
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