How long does unused string last?

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  1. BruceD

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    I've bought some string on ****, for relatively little cash, on auction style offerings. One is a set of Gamma Ruff t 16 ga, 1.55 diameter, 37 ft. and another that was sold as "unlabeled prince syn-gut 16. Yes, there is no name imprint on it at all, so who knows what it is and how old it is. plan on stringing a junior's racquet with it and just hope it's not old and brittle. If I bend either, they seem flexible, so the card that came with the Gamma is g on the front, touting the phrase, "Made by irradiation" and on the back after a description of the process at the bottom is a copy-write..of 1989!
    Coud these be THAT old? has the irradiation actually preserved them so they are still playable?
    Or will I just have to try them and see what happens..yeah, I suppose!~
    I am having a Fischer m-pro no.1 98 strung tomorrow with either that, or some odd 17 ga. string that came with the racquet, bought on **** from a seller in China, that didn't mention the string in the sale.
    It's sort of purple color, but when I look at it under my 400x-usb microscope ( I just KNEW it would come in handy for something, someday!) and it's actually half brown and half dark blue. No imprint on any of it's length, either. it may be a mono-filament of some kind, but i can't really tell under the microscope, either.
    If the gamma is still playable, how would mixing 17 ga mains and the gamma 16 on the crosses work?
    Could the extra wraps on the Gamma that makes it RUFF, cut the finer 17 ga strings faster than if I just used the 17 by itself? The unknown Prince syn-gut 16 has non of the extra wraps, so might it be a better try?
    I'm looking for a combination of play-ability and longevity. This racquet may or may not be the main racquet I play with, too, but i don't plan on making the stringers here rich.
     
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  2. BruceD

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    In general, how does 17 ga. string mixed with 16 ga, mains and crosses, hold up
    Are there controll or power advantages of using a hybrid setup like that?
     
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  3. fortun8son

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    37 ft set indicates that it is quite old. 40 is the norm now.
    1.55 is HUGE, not 16 gauge.Was that a typo?
    I'd love to see these strings. I'm in Vegas, too.
     
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  4. BruceD

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    Here are the GAMMA Ruff 16 ga + wraps

    This is the best pic i could take. I think the larger diameter is from the "extra wraps", which is a single piece of fiber woulnd around the string, providing the "ruff-ness", I suppose?
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    I'll PM ya, I could use a hitting partner, that KNOWS how to hit the ball. I'm working wiith kids around 8 yrs. old and a father who's started to hit after abrief experience when he was in his teens, 40 years ago.
     
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  5. fortun8son

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    I never learned to play, but you can find me at the N. Rainbow Sports Authority.
    Ask for Michael.
    I'll be there Noon-8, next 3 days.

    You can probably get two crosses out of that old Gamma string and mixing nylons as a hybrid (even different gauges) is no big deal.
    It won't play great, but it'll play.
    Not much different than fullbed synthgut.

    Don't over-think it, it's still just basic synthgut, after all, no matter the hype.
    I was being kind.
    It's cheapa$$ Baystring.
    Waddayou expect?

    $12 labor.
    This is what you want?
    Ok, you got it.
    If you ask for JET, I may have to shoot you.
     
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  6. mmk

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    I've strung some racquets that I'm pretty sure 1.55 wouldn't fit through the grommets, since 16 gauge gave me fits.
     
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    Thats what I was thinking.... Is that like 12 gauge? 13?
     
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    I think its a 16g, look at the packaging... looks like 16ga.
     
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    I'm not sure how long strings last,I imagine they will retain playability so long as they are not exposed to uva and uvb of sun and not going thru changes like hot and cold and kept in dry area, I try and keep open stings in airtight plastic bag, inside.
     
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  10. mmk

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    The TW page shows it as 16 gauge, 1.30 mm, but 1.55 mm across the extra outer wrap. 1.55 mm is almost the same diameter as my weed whacker uses.
     
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    Those strings are ancient. Last time I strung 10 yr old Sensation 16, it snapped in the bag at 57lbs. This wasn't natural gut, it was syn gut. Syn gut snapped in the bag!
     
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    All depends how well kept the strings were.
    I have a couple reels of nylon tennis string from the early 70's, and they still string up okay and they are over 40 years old.
     
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    I HAD BEEN planning onvisiting your store to get the job done!
    I'll make sure I came in the afternoon, then, to avoid your wrath!
     
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    I was planning on going to your store, for this job.
    Now I wonder......



    Just kidding. You may see me there, if I get up early!
     
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    I'll also consider using something better,

    Give me a good deal on the string for my Fischer M Pro no.1 98 and I'll also have you look at the string it came with.

    Some 17 g, that is half brown/dark blue and looks purple when you see it.
    I looked with the USB microscope to try to find any imprint, but nothin.
    The seller didn't mention it when I bought it, so
    I have no idea what it is!

    Does anyone else?
     
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    another string job, for later...

    I also have a Prince O3 Black laying around that I want to string as a "hybrid"..but not just with the strings. Like Prince had done with their "Ignite" racquet, that only used open hole grommets in the 12:00 and 6:00 positions.
    I have bought a fresh set, of STRING HOLE grommets. The seller had me a little confused with his description, when I bought them separately from the racquet.
    So I'll see what your staff thinks, when I decide to get that one done.
     
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  17. BruceD

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    What's the DEAL on the DEAL?

    Say, Jet

    If I buy the Gamma Zo- Verve on sale on the website, can I get that deal in the store or would I have to wait for the warehouse to deliver it to me?
     
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  18. fortun8son

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    You know, I meant JET Method stringing.:)

    I think ZoVerve is excellent, but waay overpriced.
    That reel is only 100m !! Not any better than the $18/set price.
    Google Toalson Rencon Devil Spin from UK sources.
    Same string. Much cheaper, even with the $35 shipping.
    I'll split the reel with you.

    BTW Did you get my e-mail?
     
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  19. BruceD

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    What IS the Jet stringing methode?

    I WAS wondering about that!
    Please enlighten!
     
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    About which?
    Please specify.
     
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  22. BruceD

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    oops!

    I totaly forgot about the censor bots.
    Just look for this link, on gustandglorytennis dot you know...
    jet-method-your-online-guide-to-how-and-why
     
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