Mamba Tennis

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  1. Muppet

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    I have Iontec Black 1.25 and Iontec Salmon 1.25 on their way here. I'm wondering how they differ for playability, and if I should string the Black higher and by how much? I'm using a Dunlop Biomimetic 200, that I currently have strung with Dunlop S-gut 16 @56 dropweight ATW.
     
  2. tennisBIEST

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    So can you elaborate on the qualities of Black Spin that won you over. I'm looking for the ''one!":)
     
  3. tennisBIEST

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    Okay so I picked up some Mamba Black Spin and got to test drive it for a good hour. I knew immediately this was going to be a crisp string by the shiny coating and semi stiff feel. Strung up my Yonex Rdis100mp full bed @48. My poly background is somewhat limited but I've played extensively with Mosquito Bite, Topspin Cyber Blue, PHT, BHS, and Goldenset Snake Bite. My brief hit left me with a very pleasant reaction. I could really manipulate the ball, smoke it low with a lot of spin down the line, lift the ball for the deep nadal-esque topspin, and drive the ball with my 2hbh cross court. I really enjoyed the BH slice and Dolgopolov fh side slice...tons of action! I know the test drive was short but I might be onboard with nadalex on this one. I'll report back after I log in some more time. Oh and you guys were right on re: the great customer service. Susan shot me a email back saying that she included a set that might perk my ears and that they would definitely help me find the ''one!"
     
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  4. nadalex

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    Sorry I never got to respond to you... but i guess you've found out yourself. Truly an incredible string and its been working well for me for a while now.
     
  5. Blade0324

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    I have to add in here for Mamba black spin. You do have to keep the tension low but if you are willing to do so, you will reap the rewards of this great string. I only hope that they don't realize how good it is so they keep the cost low.
     
  6. tennisBIEST

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    No problem:) I have spent a good 5 hours with the Black Spin and I'm really impressed. I got a good amount of serving in and I was able to get that good pop on my flat first serves and some nice action on my slice serves as well. My kick serve was mediocre but that's just me getting use to a new racket. I like to take aggressive ground strokes especially on the forehand side and I was able to get that good diving topspin with depth. I also like to rip it on returns and that's where I found the BS to really shine. The crispness, spin, power and comfort have me really considering this string as my ''soul mate.'' Nadalex can see why you shut down the string search. It just seems to really do everything you need....nothing more nothing less. The website states that BS is similar to Tec. Black Code and WeissC B5E(never used). You know the more I write about this string the more I need to do as nadalex and settle down with this black beauty and live happily ever after........
     
  7. ryandwhit

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    mad dog, i was think of ordering the black mamba penta how was the spin on it? and how did the spin compare to the iontec? now that you played with the iontec and penta how was the durability on it? did it break quickly? thanks!
     
  8. ryandwhit

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    anyone knows how these two compares? i'm interested in both? thanks!
     
  9. schenkelini

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    I strung up a set of Spin Monster in my Vortex ES-116 This morning. I followed Ray's recommendation and instead of stringing it at 60 lbs as I do with BHBR, I went with 50 lbs. The strings seemed so loose in the racket when I finished. I had serious doubts about this setup. Once I got out on the court all of the doubts went away. I felt like I could go up maybe 2 lbs, but one of the guys I play doubles with encouraged me to leave it as it is. He said that I was netting the ball way less and my topspin was very heavy. I want to try Iontec Hexa in my Pro-116 next.
    When I first looking into the Mamba strings I had trouble understanding why you should use such low tension. Everyone said that this was soft string, but low powered. From my experience stiff string is low powered and soft string is high powered. It is such a shift to have a soft low powered string. It seems almost impossible, but then I hit with the string and that is exactly what it is.
     
  10. mad dog1

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    ^^ you'll love iontec then. it's softer and low powered. love this stuff. so exactly how much do i love this stuff? just got 3 more reels - 1 Iontec 1.25, 1 Iontec Hexa 1.20, 1 Iontec Hexa Black 1.25. :D
     
  11. schenkelini

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    I also have some of their other strings to try as well. It should be great fun!
     
  12. schenkelini

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    I tried a set of gear twisted this morning. I used the Jet method to string it. This is another great spring!
     
  13. mad dog1

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    ^^ nice, nice. have you tried iontec?
     
  14. MesQueUnClub

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    Is there a mamba string comparable to Solinco Tour bite. I use the 17 and 18 g of that and was wondering if there was a cheaper alternative.
     
  15. schenkelini

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    Not yet. I wanted to try Iontec last since most people seem to like it best. I was afraid that if I tried it sooner then I would never try the other strings I bought from Mamba.
     
  16. mad dog1

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    hahaha! good strategy. i indeed started off trying other Mamba string offerings first and when i finally tried Iontec, i realized i would always keep it in my stock of strings. in fact, when i'm down to 1/8 of a reel, i start getting anxiety and panic attacks; waking up from the recurring nightmare in the middle of the night completely drenched in sweat that i needed to string my racquet and had run out of Iontec. :twisted:

    well, maybe i'm exaggerating a little bit, but seriously, i do love the stuff to always have plenty on hand.
     
  17. schenkelini

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    Gear Twisted went dead after about 9 sets. Spin Monster is still going strong after about the same amount of time. Next up Black Spin.
     
  18. Slitch

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    I'm planning on ordering a reel of microfibre 1.30 and ItB 1.25. Has anybody tried a hybrid of both? I'm curious if that would work or I would need to order a syngut reel to hybrid.
     
  19. mikeler

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    I believe that is the setup Ray the owner of Mamba uses.
     
  20. Brocolt

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    My son has played full microfibre for some time now he just strung up black iontec mains 50lbs and microfibre cross at 55 and is really liking it. He states it has great feel and added more control
     
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    This seams like a similar company to Golden Set, anyone compared the two?
     
  22. Nostradamus

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    What happened ? I just tried to order some Mamba gut strings and I couldn't . it looks like they are out of stock. is there a shortage of this ?
     
  23. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    There's ALWAYS a shortage of their gut because of the low price. I used them for ~a year, and I have since moved onto Pacific Classic.

    A small percentage of them do snap while stringing, but if they survive the stringing, they play fantastic! Especially if you remind yourself that they're $15.

    I moved onto Pacific Classic because:
    - Mamba Premium Gut does not have consistent durability/quality. One set will last me as long as my current Pacific Classics, and another set will unravel and break in ~ a set. These are all played with string breakers. So in other words, some sets will play like a bargain at $15, other sets will not be worthwhile because they just unravel and break away. I want some consistency.
    - I live in SF and the misty fog on some nights ruined them. Pacific Classic's coating have been fine for me so far.
     
  24. Nostradamus

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    I think I will few sets of pacific classic from TW. or is there cheaper place ? that Prime gut is super expensive,,,wow. $42 ?? that is more than babolat and it probably isn't as good either .:)
     
  25. mikeler

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    Nostradamus, I got your e-mail. I have not tried the Mamba gut yet.
     
  26. fortun8son

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    Most of the Mamba offerings are quite good.
    I bought several sets of the Supra gut and was very disappointed.
    It feels dry, has many visible impurities and the gauge varies wildly over the length of the string. Some sections of the 16g were so thick that it wouldn't fit through the grommets!
    I'll never buy it again...sorry Ray.

    Iontec Black, OTOH is excellent. I'm on my second reel.
     
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  27. mad dog1

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    2nd reel only??? i'm on my 4th reel of Iontec 1.25, 3rd reel of Iontec Hexa 1.20, 1st reel of Iontec Hexa Black 1.25

    + i've gone through 1 reel of Iontec Black 1.25, 3 sets of Spin Monster, 2 sets of O-Power :mrgreen:

    i think i like Iontec? ;)
     
  28. fortun8son

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    Most of my clients are not poly candidates. :)
     
  29. tennisBIEST

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    I too am really impressed with the quality of the Mamba tennis strings. I'm playing with the Black Spin 1.24 full bed and my 15 y/o LOVES Iontec 1.25. I plan on trying Gear Twisted and Spin Monster next. Anyone have any opinions on either? I'm a 41 y/o mid level 4.0 and I play baseline/spin game with semi western grip.
     
  30. schenkelini

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    I really like Spin Monster. I didn't care for Gear Twisted quite as much.
     
  31. schenkelini

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    I find that I string any of the Dicho strings 10 lbs lower than normal in order to get similar power.
     
  32. mad dog1

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    what's your "normal"?

    i string all my polys btwn 42-54#s depending on string pattern and headsize. that's my normal. for midsize sticks, i'm at the lower end of the range. for midplus sticks, i'm around 48-50#s. for oversize sticks, i'm at the higher end of the range. for me, i haven't found Mamba strings to require significantly lower tensions to other polys.
     
  33. schenkelini

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    I play with a Vortex racquet that is 116 sq in. My usual is between 58 - 60 depending on whether the poly looses tension or not quickly. I have been using 50lbs on the Dicho strings. I think any more than that would give me no power. These strings are really low powered.
     
  34. mad dog1

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    ok. i don't have any experience w/ Discho strings in those super open pattern racquets. in conventional 16x19, 18x19 and 18x20 patterns, i haven't found a need to string significantly lower than w/ other copoly strings.
     
  35. schenkelini

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    I followed Ray's recommendation on tension. For me it was perfect.
     
  36. tennisBIEST

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    Looking to string up my Yonex's Rdis100mp with Spin Monster today and I have been using Black Spin 1.24 for a while at 51/48. I do love BS but just curious if SM will be better. Any thoughts on tension? Or comparisons between the two?
     
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    I would stick with the same tenison.
     
  38. tennisBIEST

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    Thx Schenkelini for the advise. I ended up stringing it at 50/47 because of the 1.25 gauge and stiffness of the string out of the package. The gauge seemed quite a bit larger than my 1.24 Black Spin which maybe an optical illusion due to octagonal twisted shape. The texture is quite smoothe considering the shape. This is another interesting one to string. I was amazed at the elasticity of this string once I dropped the weight. It wasn't ItS 1.25 elastic but definitely more elastic than Black Spin. Weaving X's was not too bad and there seems to be silicone like coating on this which also made it easier to deal with. Weaving one ahead helps a lot as well. Knots were no problem either. Got to hit with it briefly as I warmed up my 15 y/o. I loved the immediate comfort and control. I found easy spin generation with depth control. I really enjoyed hitting with this string. I wished I could of hit longer but initial thoughts are that this is a great baseliner string that offers nice power and spin. Much easier on the arm than Black Spin with equal spin but better control. I'll keep reviewing as I log in more time.
     
  39. tennisBIEST

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    Part two of my string review of Spin Monster 1.25. So having played multiple matches with this string in my Yonex's RDIS 100mp I have concluded that in comparison with the Black Spin 1.24 that the SM is a better fit for my arm health. The most obvious advantage on the court is the additional power. With that power comes some errant shots so I've had too either go more western or really concentrate on coming from low to high. When you do connect its a much heavier shot with good kick. I initially strung both at 50/47 and the Black Spin has my ball landing shorter and sitting up for my harder hitting partners. Its my estimation that SM and ItS have similar structural compounds that make them more elastic like a syn. gut/poly mix. I have since bumped up my tension to 53/50 to see if I can tame some of the power and still swing out like I could with BS. Will more than likely order some more.
     
  40. tennisBIEST

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    CLEAR! Defibrillator success! Hey guys need to know what's the diff. between salmon and black in the Iontec Hexa string. I've read that black seems to be softer but I just want to make sure its got the same feel, power, spin etc. as salmon.....love this string!!! I just keep coming back to it. The control is insanely good. But you know that already
     
  41. snoflewis

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    has anyone dealt w/ Mamba Tennis' customer service?
    good or bad experiences?
    currently having issues w/ getting a refund.
     
  42. tinyman

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    I have a couple times. I believe in both cases, I was responded to within a couple hours, and at least once late on a Sunday evening. Not to say that they are responsible for doing that consistently, but faster responses than I would normally expect. Both times they were courteous & more than fair (Ray offered to replace a set of string beyond what I would have expected, and consequently declined). My experience, FWIW.
     
  43. snoflewis

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    that's good news.
    my return packaged ended up in their hands early november, but no refund. called them early last week, they said it would be taken care of within a day, still no refund. it also doesnt help that the last few times i've called them, their lines were busy.
     
  44. MambaT

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    Hi,

    So sorry for the trouble, it has been quite a couple of weeks with the holidays. Please send an email to ray@mambatennis.com with the order info so I can see what's going on (sorry that I cannot know it from your username here).

    We will get it handled immediately.

    Thanks...
     
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  45. snoflewis

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    that was quick

    got the refund.
    thanks for pushing it forward.
     
  46. Nostradamus

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    do they make any gut that is just as good as Babolat gut ?
     
  47. tinyman

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    I can only speak for the premium gut, but no - I wouldn't place it at the same class. I still prefer Unifibre gut (sorry Ray!), and found it to be significantly easier to work with . The Premium I tried was early on, and was difficult due to the inconsistency in thickness. It may be different now, but I don't string gut often.

    I never tried Supra, so I can't speak for it.
     
  48. Murray_fan1

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    Anything new on the discho string front that might be coming to the US?
     
  49. mctennis

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    I know my reply is a little late here. I just wanted to throw my 2 cents worth of advice in here about Mamba Tennis. I have always had great customer service both buying from Mamba and returning something for a refund. Ray has always been honest and straightforward with me on everything I buy and , if needed, and return. I really like their Discho Iontec strings. This is my go to string for a cross with gut mains. I have used their Mamba gut and liked it a LOT better than any other economy gut out there when it was available.
    I even tried that Unifibre gut that was mentioned by tinyman. I had zero out of 4 sets work for me with Uniglobe. I even had a Master Stringer doing the stringing for me.
     
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    I have done business with Mamba in the past and I have really enjoyed it.
     

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