Natural gut tension?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by nvottennis, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. nvottennis

    nvottennis Semi-Pro

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    I'm trying a full bed of tonic 16 for the first time (normally use gut in hybrids beforehand). Should I change the tension to make up for the difference in how it plays to full poly? I use 62lbs for poly, so maybe like 64lbs for gut? Really, i dont want my shots to be uncontrollable/ overpowered.
     
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  2. scotus

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    Try more like 70 lbs.

    If you are using stiff polys at 62 lbs, that would be equivalent to the stringbed stiffness of 66-69 lbs of synthetic gut.

    Gut is a lot more powerful than that.

    Having said this, I have never used Tonic, and I do not know whether it can withstand the tension of 70 lbs.

    If you have a VS, then yes, it can certainly go over 70 with no problem. But isn't Tonic the second-quality gut?

    You might want to try a gut-synthetic hybrid rather than full gut.
     
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  3. julian

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    Limit

    Please check whether a package has a limit specified.
    Some 17 gauge packages have a limit of 62 or 63 pounds.
    TW could help
     
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  4. scotus

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    The VS can be strung safely at least 10 lbs higher than the stated maximum tension.

    But I have no idea how the Tonic would fare.
     
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  5. nvottennis

    nvottennis Semi-Pro

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    I believe tonic is made of the same quality, its just not aesthetically at the same level (some inconsistency in color, gauge diameter, etc).
     
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