Luxilon ALU rough alternative?

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  1. PrincessAdam

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    As of right now, my current set up is Luxilon alu rough at 53. This has got to be my favorite string at the moment. The only thing I don't like about it is the tension maintenance, and the price. I'm looking for something that plays similar, and the price isn't so high. I ordered some kirschbaum black shark a little while ago but just didn't really like it, I didn't feel like a had the control I did with the luxilon. What do you guys recommend?
     
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  2. pvaudio

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    This is the question that has been asked for years, and the string you want.....does not exist. Nothing on the market now replicates the feel of any type of ALU. Topspin Cyberflash up to 2010 did feel remarkably similar, but the formulation is new.

    I would recommend you try Tour Bite if you have not yet. A good stiff playing spin monster of a string. Doesn't feel like ALU, but still damn good.
     
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  3. TennisCJC

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    SigPro Tornado and Tecnifibre Black Code and TEcnifibre Ruff Code are also premium grade rough co-polys. They want feel exactly like ALU but they are very very good and last a bit longer before trampolining or dull.
     
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  4. pvaudio

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    ^^^Tornado is is 3rd in my 5 fave poly list, but it feels absolutely nothing like ALU. That's actually exactly why I like it so much haha.
     
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  5. mrtrinh

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    For me tour bite gives the same feel as ALU rough
     
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  6. gavna

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    Tecnifibre Ruff Code very very similar........
     
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  8. pvaudio

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    As JT said, the closest thing I have found on the market is Typhoon grey. It's still not that similar IMO, but I do think it's the closest available.
     
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  9. jman32

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    I was looking for alu power replacement. 2 options that you should look at:
    Big hitter silver rough 16gg. This has the crisp feel like alu but not too stiff
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    Genesis typhoon. Really good for the first couple hours, than loses its great playability.

    Typhoon is better than bhsr at first but drops below bhsr after a couple of hours
     
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  10. PrincessAdam

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    Thanks guys. I think I may just look into some non textured polys, since I'm not looking for a string that produces monster amounts of spin, I just like that controlled spin.
     
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  11. db10s

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    Dunlop ICE.
     
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  12. PrincessAdam

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    Do y'all know how wc silverstring compares to alu rough?
     
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  13. PrincessAdam

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    Dunlop Ice just looks so darn cheap!
     
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    As I'm sure PVaudio will say, it doesn't compare.
     
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  15. rodrigoamaral

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    agreed.. Genesis typhoon is close but not quite like alu rough.. its softer with more power..can;t replicate the feeling of any lux strings!!
     
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  16. Smasher08

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    Try Big Hitter Silver Rough or MSV HeptaTwist.
     
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  17. J011yroger

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    I LOVE ALU.

    Using the word love here.

    But I couldn't afford it since it broke in 45min-1 1/2 hour of hitting.

    Tried Kevlar/ALU and it caved all my racquets.

    Now I am using a hybrid of BBO/ALUR, and it is lasting me about twice as long as full ALU, maybe 1 hour to 3 hours.

    The BBO/ALUR needs to be strung MUCH MUCH looser than full ALU since the BBO is so stiff. But the BBO bites like hell, and the ALU gives it a bit of pop.

    It is a different feeling blend, but I like it just as much, if it lasts twice as long for you and costs about the same, I consider that a win.

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  18. THESEXPISTOL

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    You must be thor. I couldn't believe until i saw this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_yy4enkOjk
     
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  20. db10s

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    Looks can be deceiving. I get free Black Widow here and there from Dunlop. And I still use ICE. Its a generic version of Alu, except its better in some areas.
     
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    That's a good idea too. BBO definitely has better tension maintenance and durability, and with ALU cross, you have some of the unique feel there of ALU involved, so that is a decent idea.

    But generally as everyone has noted, every string is going to play/feel/last differently, so there are no exact copies.
     
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  22. PrincessAdam

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    I'll have to look into ICE. The price is really good. I'd just have to get over the cheap fishing line look. Lol
     
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  23. pvaudio

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    Haha yes, I would say exactly that :lol:

    Both strings are incredibly unique in their own right which is why they're so popular. Thing is, they're popular for players who like a different feel which is close to opposite that of the other string. In other words, if you love Silverstring, you'll likely not much like ALU and vice versa. ALU provides more spin but little feel, whereas Silverstring offers amazing feel and superb control.
     
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  24. pvaudio

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    db10s, are you pusing ICE because you have to or because you genuinely think it's amazing? :D

    I thought it was discontinued?
     
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    Gamma had a string of a similar (maybe same... not sure) name and that one was discontinued. I use it at 49lbs, I use it over Black Widow if that means anything... Considering the price, I haven't found anything better (that works for me). I'm not REQUIRED to promote any products, but that doesn't mean Dunlop wouldn't like it if I did.
     
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  26. Fuji

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    I genuinely really like Ice as well. For the price, there isn't a better poly on the market IMO. It's a super crisp string that plays so well in pretty much any stick I've put it in. The only string I like more is BHB7, simply because of the most elastic feel.

    -Fuji
     
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  27. parasailing

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    I second Solinco Tour Bite which is cheaper and is just as crisp.
     
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  28. wmilas

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    Heh noticed that video you are at a club with direct fluorescent lighting. How do you like that? All the clubs around here are still MH.
     
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  29. J011yroger

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    I love it, the direct lighting is miles better than the indirect for me especially. I struggle badly under sub standard lights, if it isn't bright I lose my depth perception and can't serve at all. I can usually hit ground strokes ok.

    This club always had direct fluorescent lighting, but just recently they were updated to the smaller lamps which are MUCH brighter (and I am sure more efficient). The first time I hit under the new lights was tough, but I knew it would be good when I got used to it.

    The ball is almost like an over sharpened TV image, and it isn't quite where you think it is.

    After a couple of times hitting under them I don't even notice any more, and they are great. That court, those lights are the best I play on.

    J
     
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