I'm gonna do it! (String a Wilson T-2000)

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  1. dak95_00

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    I picked up a couple and my buddy and I took them out for a hit. Well, I sprung it on him when he arrived and he was game.

    These are good hitting racquets and hit just fine in a good players hands. At the end, his initial opinion was it might cost him a couple games in a set. I might disagree as I feel his opponent would be mentally beside themself after losing games or getting aced by a dinosaur. That's another story.

    I broke a string during the hit. Surprisingly, it didn't effect the hitting and we went to our POGs soon after. I found the stringing instructions in another thread and I needed a challenge. I also plan to videotape this adventure. The only other thing I'll attempt is to do a 1 piece job. I'm still a rookie to stringing but I think the 2 piece stringing was due to the old short side/long side string sets made back in the dinosaur days. Lastly, I'll be doing this on an old Ektelon Model D withy the full H upgrade. My biggest fear aside from the 1 piece failure is the glide bar stringing and the box stringing going from mains to crosses.

    This is going to be an adventure.

    Video will be coming soon!
     
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  2. dak95_00

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    Here is the thread with the instructions: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=334264

    In order to do a 1 piece stringing, I'll have to reverse the long and short sides in the instructions. Even though my 5 T-2000 racquets are all strung as 2 piece jobs, only one is strung correctly with the short side on the four hoop or right side. If strung that way (correct by Wilson instructions), you'd have to do 2 pieces. If reversed, 1 piece should work. We'll see!
     
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  3. sundaypunch

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    You'll have to post results when you are done. I have three of them but haven't been brave enough to tackle stringing one.

    You might get more action on the thread if you post in the "stringing" section.
     
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    I'll post it there too. I'm hoping to put the kids to bed and tackle the job this evening. I'll also have to edit the video a little as I'm slow and no one wants to watch an hour long video.

    It should be good. Evidently, the T series racquets require an adapter for the stringing machines and I think I've got one. Some of the "experienced" guys can watch and confirm.
     
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  5. dak95_00

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    OMG! What a mistake that was! I'm sure I could've done it better as I made a handful of mistakes all by myself but it was the worst thing I've ever done!

    I had to mount the racquet crooked. If I do it again, I'd mount it sideways on my two point machine. The head is round for goodness sake. By doing so, I wouldn't have had the awkward pulls and fishing of the string on the first mains. Geesh! The first mains were a pain!

    Because it was crooked, I misweaved the top cross by fishing it through the wrong hoop .

    The dumbest mistake I made was to not reverse the short side like I said I was going to do. I could've strung it in 1 piece but instead I had to cut it and tie off. That doesn't seem so bad except I was a handful of crosses past that point when I noticed.

    Tying knots is not easy on this racquet. They have to be done just right or they'll make the crosses crooked too.

    After I don't know how long, I did it and it looks good. I'd even say it is correct. I certainly don't want anyone to see the video. I might have to go out and break another string to try it again with my new found expertise. Hindsight is 20/20 right?
     
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    I used Wilson Hollow Core 16 Pink. I had to stencil it.


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  7. Tamiya

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    Nice job! I should use mine for more than whacking carpets :twisted:
     
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  8. dak95_00

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    No. You are correct! Whacking carpets is a much better use!
     
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  9. dak95_00

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    I've got issues.

    I slept on it and then woke up, cut out strings, and tried again. This time it worked with much less frustration. I did one big thing differently. I mounted the racquet sideways. I then re-mounted the racquet and switched it back to normal. I strung it as a 1 piece but I now know why you shouldn't. Pic coming soon.

    This time I will do the video.

    The only thing I would change next time is to do 2 pieces. I believe it is VERY important that anyone else who takes on this endeavor mounts the racquet sideways and then after tying off the first piece, re-mounts the racquet the traditional way to finish the last 12 crosses. Good luck.
     
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  10. coachrick

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    You're killing me! I don't know how many hundreds of those I strung in the '70s, but not even ONE since moving to Atlanta back in '80. I've got a half dozen or so that need restringing and a few that are likely sporting their original strings. I haven't had the muse to check how it might mount on the LF MS 200tt. The Ektelon with adapter would be my old stand-by set up(also a Serrano with metal tooth adapter).

    I'm afraid the T-series restringing is w-a-y down the list until we get moved in 2-3 weeks(fingers crossed).

    Have fun!!!
     
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  11. dje31

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    I had a T-2000 in the late 70s / early 80s for a short time, and for reasons I won't go into, it nearly ruined my game.

    I'd forgotten how much it looks like, in lieu of proper grommets, someone just said, "ah, screw it...wrap it with razor wire...it'll do."

    There's a sinister, medieval look to it. Perhaps that's where Connors drew his power?
     
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  12. jaggy

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    Early 80s I played at a club where a member was quite eccentric and a huge Connors fan. He had a good game, really nice groundies but Connors went on a resurgance and next thing he bought a T2000 and played as much like Connors as he could. His results were pretty bad but I guess he was happy.
     
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  13. Steve Huff

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    Like CoachRick, I've strung a lot of those in the late 70s and 80s. I don't remember ever having to mount one sideways. You're right about the knots. You almost have to add 15+ pounds because they lose some tension. I'll have to try a 1-piece next time--reduces number of knots.
     
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