Priority One: Waste of money or Necessary?

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Overdrive, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. uk_skippy

    uk_skippy Hall of Fame

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    I understand that, I was just saying that players do pay for the service. The 2nd sentence was just additional.

    I string at all levels of professional tournaments and for those where I'm in control/charge I do let them run tabs but usually with some collateral i.e. a reel of string. You do get to know who to trust, and failing that the tournament director will deduct any fees from the prize money.

    Currently at Wimbledon players either pay in cash or leave a credit card number on file.

    Regards

    paul
     
  2. monkey-ranch

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    I have strung on different pro tournaments and we do the following: players pay cash on each stringjob delivery, put a CC on file(I have used the "square card swipe" on my cellphone and works great) or we make sure that whatever the player owes is deducted from the prize money.

    Namaste.
     
  3. Overdrive

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    Couldn't they just have a 'personal stringer'? Just bring a Klippermate portable stringer with their stringer and don't have to pay every time.

    I wonder if hiring a personal stringer is more or less expensive than stringing a racquet at a tournament. That depends on the racquet (if it's a Steam, than many string jobs) and the price. Here, it's $15 a racquet.
     
  4. drakulie

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    A personal stringer charging the player $15 per racquet, huh? Lets see.

    The player has 10 racquets strung each day. That's $150 a day.

    The hotel cost the stringer $200 a day.
    The airfare cost the stringer $500 round trip.
    Food cost the stringer $50 per day. \
    etc,
    etc,
    etc,,,,,

    Yeah, I could see where a personal stringer would take that job.
     
  5. Dave M

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    Yes and let's not forget that the klippermate is the no.1 string machine used on tour.
    I'd imagine that the exe ss weight charges on a full on electronic machine to get it to the venue must be quite a bit each flight.Imagine being a stringer worrying how the machine was going to be if/when it finally gets off the plane.
     
  6. Overdrive

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    Yeah, plus as a player, you aren't traveling alone besides your coach and other players. I would feel like talking to someonebesides my coach every day... :roll:
    However, things can happen with a coach as well.. but it would be awkward if something happens.. :|
     
  7. Overdrive

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    After I scrounge some money, I'm getting a Klippermate and all of the necessary tools. I would post a thread about the list of everything for the stringer, but I could just search in the older threads. :) I'll first buy the basic machine first ($159) , then sell it and get the $245 one

    I do believe that traveling with a portable Klippermate would be less expensive than a 50-75 pounds larger machine.
     
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  8. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

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    Yeah, walking would be less expensive than flying too.
     
  9. Overdrive

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    Actually, not going at all is less expensive than both of them.
     
  10. Rabbit

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    and quitting playing would be even cheaper
     
  11. Overdrive

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    and stop playing would be cheaper*
     
  12. usta2050

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    5 rackets a day for 14 days for 12 tournaments = 840 string jobs.

    40 k / 80 = 48 bucks per restringing.
     
  13. Overdrive

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    Nice math equation you did there. However, some players do string less or more than 5 racquets a day.

    With this, I guess it is better to have a personal stringer and pay him by the hour and cover his/her travel expenses and such.
     
  14. sureshs

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    Doesn't the 40K also include matching the frames (customization)?
     
  15. Dave M

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    Is it safe for me to presume you do not string? (NOthing against the klippermate, I have had one for 12 years.)
    Is your plan to travel to tournaments and set up alongside the P1 people and undercut themIt's obvious with a klipper you'd be able to do that but at first i think i would start at local tournaments so as to not incur such travel costs.I expect when a few of the top players see you sitting at your picnic table with machine at the ready they're bound to think it's a good idea to save a few £ over the on site people.
     
  16. Overdrive

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    I do not string actually. I want to learn how to start stringing instead of wasting money. Maybe I'll make some money on the side. :)

    Freelance stringing? That sounds cool haha. I don't know if I could string at Indian Wells if I wanted to though.. :oops:

    (Sarcasm)
     
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  17. sureshs

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    I am going to design a robot which can use a string machine. It will make stringers obsolete.
     
  18. PureAlph4

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    USD40k for GSs + 8 M1000s.

    Does Fed get a rebate for Miami?

    Did Nad carry out a cost / benefit analysis and decide not to sign up with P1 because he anticipated an injury plagued career, so it was better to 'pay as you go' at each tournament?
     
  19. sureshs

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    No, uncle Toni made him play with arbitrary frames when he was a junior. So he developed the skill to adapt his game to differences in racket specs. Over time, he may have become more picky, but the basic idea is that he is not fussy about exact specs and can win with anything.
     
  20. Big_Dangerous

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    Yeah, which is why I like to do all the customization for my own rackets, save for stringing. I want to learn how to string a racket, but it seems very time consuming to learn, and then you have the high cost of a stringing machine. Plus seeing as how I make my string last about 4-6 months, it doesn't seem worth it to buy a stringing machine.
     
  21. matchmaker

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    Haha I like the understated tone of this, although I don't know if certain persons get it.
     

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