PV Audio's Playtest Thread

Discussion in 'Strings' started by pvaudio, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. JT_2eighty

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    Ever use WC Xpulse (repulse)? Or is that one of their older, outdated strings?
     
  2. pvaudio

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    I am familiar with it (as in I know what you're talking about), but nope, I've never used it :)
     
  3. Murray_fan1

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    Yes that would be good !!
     
  4. Uvijek Argen

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    PVAudio- have you used WeissCANNON Black5Edge in a full bed? If so, what did you think about it?

    Thanks
     
  5. mikeler

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    PVAudio,

    Just got a half set of B5E from Bad_Call. I think I'll try it in the mains with MCS crosses in my Babolat PSTs. Any tension suggestions?
     
  6. dadozen

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    JT, I'm almost sure that Repulse is an older string. I got one set a while ago, but didn't bother testing it. I'm pretty sure that you'll be better with either Scorpion, Silverstring or B5E, based on the comments around the forum. I'm not a fan of SS though
     
  7. Irakli

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    Forget about WC Repulse. While other WC strings are great, Repulse is probably the worst poly I’ve ever tested (though I’ve not tested much). It plays decent while fresh, but loses playability in 2-3 hours max, awful tension stability. Besides that, it breaks extremely easy, I don’t usually break strings as I have 18X20 string pattern racquet and on top of that I change strings after 8-10 hours of play, but I managed to snap Repulse 3 times before that mark.

    Besides, I’ve heard that Repulse was discontinued (no wonder WC stopped wasting time on this)…

    Irakli
     
  8. JT_2eighty

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    ^^ cool, saw a reel of it for like $40, so it sounds that isn't even worth it. Thanks for the input!
     
  9. pvaudio

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    I've got a boatload of new strings coming in to add to the stable. Will update what the newcomers are once they all arrive :)
     
  10. J_aces

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    String it low. I usually string 55 and strung this at 54. Way underpowered and didn't feel good until it drpped to high 40s
     
  11. mikeler

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    Ok, will do.
     
  12. finalfantasy7

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    pv- can u test some of the polyfibre strings, TCS, BLACK VENOM, ENERGY, HEXABLADE, viper
     
  13. pvaudio

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    I already tested Hexablade. I also have Black Venom coming, and while Energy is a PolyStar string, I also have that coming as well :)
     
  14. finalfantasy7

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    ok, good to read once youve tested them
     
  15. dadozen

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    PV, you should charge for each string you're asked to try:D
     
  16. proken7

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    I would be interested in how the turbo twist plays with the gut crosses. I imagine it would be quite powerful.
     
  17. Icedorb217

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    Hey PV what are your thoughts on PL2? I just got some and was wondering about it. Is it good in hybrids of full beds?
     
  18. pvaudio

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    PL2 is one of my absolute least favorite strings. As a whole, I like Kirschbaum, but PL2 is just a rocket launcher.
     
  19. Icedorb217

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    Thanks! Great to know it has a lot of power. I've been looking for a string like that! Hey PV can you compare it to SpinX or Beast XP?
     
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  20. pvaudio

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    Ooooh, strings are coming today!!! Too bad I won't be able to hit with them until it gets warm and I can get some court time :(
     
  21. pvaudio

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    Actually no. All 3 play nothing alike. PL2 is a trampoline. Beast XP is the most overpriced string/performance on the market. It plays like a board and is just average in all aspects. SpinX, however, is an excellent string. Maintains tension like a bad relationship, has great feel for a poly, a nice crisp feeling with cushioning on the stringbed (what some people call "dwell time") and very good spin potential. I used to use it as my go-to string before I switched to Kirschbaum then WC polys.
     
  22. pvaudio

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    Strings are in!! :)

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  23. pvaudio

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    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on PolyStar Energy. Did you get 16g?
     
  25. pvaudio

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    17g sir, 17 :)
     
  26. JT_2eighty

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    Awesome. I've just tried full beds of Hyperion and Energy, as well as Scorpion ongoing. Look forward to you thoughts on BHBR, Hyperion, Energy... are you doing gut crosses like your current go-to?
     
  27. JackB1

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    Out of those, I really like Black Venom and Hyperion. BV is low/medium powered for a poly, but Hyperion is very lively and powerful for a poly.
     
  28. pvaudio

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    I want to, but I'm getting low on gut haha. Talked to the owner and apparently stocks will be back up in the coming few weeks :D
     
  29. mikeler

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    Excellent. Just bought a pack of the 17 so I hope to try it out next week.
     
  30. pvaudio

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    Indeed. I think the first time I'll be able to do more than serve is next week, so hopefully I'll have decided on what I want to use by then :)
     
  31. powerrangers

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    nice, looking forward to what your thoughts are on Hyperion - one of my favorite strings.
     
  32. pvaudio

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    And no, I'm not planning on playtesting the Stamina. It's a waste of money, but lots of people here like it since it doesn't break as often as PSGD. Yeah, neither do any polys and they feel 1000x better, but suit yourself :)
     
  33. pvaudio

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    Oh and a tip for fellow stringers looking to expanding the inventory: if you're wondering how I'm buying so much string, nothing has fallen off the back of a truck. The depot of tennis' point system paid for all 3 of those reels ;)
     
  34. mikeler

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    I need to pay attention to that system a little more. Up until now I've just kind of ignored it.
     
  35. pvaudio

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    It's quite excellent. I've gotten so many BOGO type deals that it's ridiculous. And even if not for outright free, discounted so much (and you get points on the BOGO reels too) that it just makes more sense to spend 10-20 more and get a reel.
     
  36. JackB1

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    That point system is ridiculous....100 points only = 4 bucks.
     
  37. pvaudio

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    That's not true. While a dollar equals a point at purchase, reimbursement depends on the product.
     
  38. JT_2eighty

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    Yea, I wish I knew about the depot a year or so ago... just think of all the stuff you purchase elsewhere and get ZERO points for zero bucks off...
     
  39. mikeler

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    Only thing for me that sucks is I have to pay state income tax on stuff from them.
     
  40. J_aces

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    How do you get BOGO deals? I dont see any on their website
     
  41. pvaudio

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    I said BOGO type deals. What I mean is that, for example, when I bought my reel of spiky shark, I had enough points to get a reel of Pro-Line 2 1.15 + $20. Although I regret ever wasting my points on that trebuchet of a string, I've done that quite a few times. Off the top of my head, I've paid little extra for my reels of Poly Plasma, Poly Plasma Hex, the three in that picture and Polystar Turbo. All of my WeissCannon reels I buy from England though because the prices are much cheaper.
     
  42. pvaudio

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    Got a new string in today to add to my stable. I'll have to playtest it myself before I decide to sell it as part of my stringing, obviously, but I'd been tempted by it many times on e Bay so I just went for it. Lots of you have probably seen it on there but were hesitant. It's called Unifibre Natural Gut and is about $15 for a 2x20 set. Now, I was hesitant when I first got PerforMAXX gut because of the low price, so naturally I was wary of this stuff's even lower price. Rightly so. The string feels so cheap, dry and "twine-y" that it's unbelievable. It just feels like it will break as soon as you pull tension on it, but again, I haven't tried it so I won't knock it yet. For those of you who took part in the blind playtest of what now looks to be the new Solinco multi, this feels IDENTICAL, and looks IDENTICAL, except has a rough surface to tell you that it's a natural product. It's really that stiff feeling.

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  43. BigT

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    Why don't you get the other reels you mentioned (Signum, Polystar, Polyfibre, etc.) from England also? They are even cheaper.
     
  44. mikeler

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    That does look like the playtest string!
     
  45. pvaudio

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    Because I can get them for next to free from the Depot when buying other strings ;) :)
     
  46. mctennis

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    pvaudio, I bought some of the Unifibre gut string a couple of months ago. It's been so cold and nasty here I haven't strung any up yet. I definitely like the price when I bought it. It will be interesting to see what you think of it. Just make sure to read the instructions before stringing anything up with it.
     
  47. JT_2eighty

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    Having Deja vu

    Wow, it's funny you mention that...
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=5296394&highlight=Unifibre#post5296394

    Having hit with unifibre, I can tell you it does not play like the test string (although they both make it look like there is brown packaging rope in your stick), it is surprisingly soft and plays like gut should. Actually durable too if you can manage stringing it up without getting too frustrated.
     
  48. pvaudio

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    Erm, there are instructions? Let me go check the packaging.
     
  49. J_aces

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    I don't understand this. Buying a reel for 100 gives you points for maybe 5 or so dollars off another. How'd proline 2 come to only 20
     
  50. pvaudio

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    What instructions? There's nothing in it but two piece of twine, I mean gut :)
     

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