Looking for a new string company

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  1. osutennis24

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    I work at a tennis club, and I am looking at possibly changing our string supply to a different company. Not going to go into specifics, but we carry Dunlop strings and grips as of now, but just looking at other options.

    1) What would you recommend outside of the big ones (Head, Wilson, Prince, Babolot)

    2) What is the best way to get in contact with any of the reps of those companies, or to find if there are any reps within the area?

    I was just recently promoted to run the desk at the club, so I am in charge of inventory and things like that, so I am new to this sort of thing
     
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  2. Cobra Tennis

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    Pacific! I'm a dealer for them at my club and they have so,e great deals with strings and racquets.
     
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  3. esgee48

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    Big T Tennis and Mamba Tennis have posters on these forums. See if you can find their web sites (hint!) and you could also try private email / telephone calls. Disclaimer: I am not a rep for either company.
     
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  4. Cobra Tennis

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    If you are in the south east, I can give you my reps info. If not, pine will still hook you up.
     
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  5. osutennis24

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    we actually already have pacific, they have been great to us (definitely keeping them)
     
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  6. osutennis24

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    yea, I mean I was going to email some companies after more research, just didn't know if there was a place that shows what reps to contact or anything like that


    Basically, I guess I'm just trying to see what Brand of string's you guys like overall. I mean I know of a lot of good string, but just of the top strings from the brands, don't know much from top to bottom.
     
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  7. MikeHitsHard93

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    Tecnifibre or volkl. I love both of their lines so far. My favorite polys are cyclone, black code, and pro red code.
     
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  8. MikeHitsHard93

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    Tecnifibre also makes some of the best multis out there. Volkl is very unique with their multis.
     
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  9. McLovin

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    Solinco seems to be very popular at our club and among many juniors. I'd say the single most popular string I see is Tour Bite.
     
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  10. Doubles

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    It's definitely gaining popularity in my area as well. At my club people primarily use Solinco, Babolat, or Volkl strings.
     
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  11. RUC

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    All you need to do is look at each company's website..........you can:

    1. Send an email on the "contact us" link that just about EVERY manufacturer has and ask that a rep follow up with you.

    2. Call the 1800 or whatever number they provide again on their website.......just ask them to have the regional sales rep for your area contact you.

    Yes there are regular trade shows but not knowing your clubs budget the cost of sending a person can be steep.

    Or you can call distribution companies like CLARKE Sports Tennis or F R O M U T H Tennis ........they have large direct contracts with all the major brands and allow smaller shops and clubs the ability to acquire smaller amount of product as needed. The average club and even shop does not have the ability to commit to large orders and minimums most vendors require to set up accounts - firms like Clarke and ******* allow you to build a varied and limited stock without busting your budget.

    Just do some searches online.......
     
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  12. Irvin

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    Tecnifibre. and Gamma both have good lines of strings. I like the Tecnifibre multis a lot. You want to contact Tecnifibre USA or Gamma.
     
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  13. mlocke1322

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    Solinco is definitely picking up steam and is very popular at the junior and rec levels. Not to mention, they are a fantastic company to deal with. I work with them on multiple levels and have only had extremely positive experiences with them. I'd be happy to provide you an introduction if you'd like!
     
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  14. RetroSpin

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    Solinco, Babolat and Tourna for sure.
     
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  15. Chotobaka

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    +1 on Tecnifibre. And, they actually develop and manufacture their own strings in-house rather than rely on contract manufacturing.
     
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  16. osutennis24

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    thanks for the info..

    someone at the club (they guy I'm replacing) mentioned looking at Solinco

    Will look at Technifibre as well
     
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  17. SpinToWin

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    Kirschbaum? :)
     
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  18. rodrigoamaral

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    I'd also look into signum pro, genesis
     
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  19. Rjtennis

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    Call Kischbaum US. They have a nice lineup and good pricing.
     
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  20. osutennis24

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    do they have any good multi's? I've only seen/heard about their Poly's
     
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  21. The Dark Knight

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    Ashaway ..... Cheap and American .....and they also make a string called "zyex" or somethimb which is supposed to be really different than any string ever made....it's not poly,Kevlar , syn gut Or any other string ever made ....it's in a class by itself.....

    I think it plays like poly but is softer?
     
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  22. SpinToWin

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    They have some nice multis. Touch Multifibre is good and Gut Feeling is very good (IMO).
     
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  23. teekaywhy

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    OP,

    just curious as to why you're looking for something other than the major brands you mention (Head, Prince, Wilson, Babolat).
    I string racquets solely for myself and friends so I have no idea the business requirements those manufacturers may have for volume discounts. That said, I would suggest that the large majority of rec/club players only know what they know and would be hesitant to go with a brand they've never tried. I'm not suggesting that the players you would service wouldn't know of Technifibre or Solinco but you'll be amazed at just how little the masses know about their own equipment.
    I can only imagine that large brand names like the Wilsons and the Heads would require a minimum yearly revenue volume (in the golf world TaylorMade requires something like $25k in volume in order to qualify as a vendor). If this is the reason for a switch, it makes sense.
    I guess my point is, don't make changes for change's sake.
     
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  24. osutennis24

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    We already have Head (but don't carry much of their string)

    I just wanted to go with a little bit smaller company because 1) so we didn't have to deal with rep's
    2)Orders, usually as you mentioned you have to order a lot or whatever, we don't go through enough string to warrant big orders

    I'd say a majority of the people I string for don't care what we put in it, they just want a Poly or Multi. We'll get the few who want Big Banger, or NXT, etc. But once I explain to them this is comparable to it, they're usually fine
     
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  25. McLovin

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    Bingo. I've had many 3.5 & 4.0 level players, both men & women, come to me asking for a Babolat or Wilson string. I kindly tell them "I don't have that exact string, but can get it quickly, and it will cost them X. However...I have something similar if you want to try it, and it will cost approx $10 less...".

    Almost always they go w/ my recommendation, and only 1 person so far has come back afterward saying they wanted the brand name (which they now buy & provide to me).
     
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  26. Sander001

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    And I think many of their strings[polys only?] are prestretched so they have a more consistent playing life.
     
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  27. osutennis24

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    decided to shoot an email to Babolot just to get the info
     
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