PV Audio's Playtest Thread

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  1. pvaudio

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    Hmm, what might these be? :D

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  2. pepka

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    ^ Sweet :)
     
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  3. Swood010

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    have you ever play tested Kirschbaum Pro line 2 1.30 or Tecnifibre black code 1.28? I dont know which poly to settle on or what would be a good cross with either string. Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
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  4. pvaudio

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    I have both of those in their smallest gauge. The PL2 plays like a marshmallow trampoline and the BC plays like the plastic that its reel is made of.
     
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  5. bad_call

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    whimsical but accurate description IMO...:lol:
     
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  6. Swood010

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    so you dont like either?
    I play with a lot of topspin with a microgel Radical Pro (16x19) what type of poly or hybrid would you suggest? 5.0 player

    Any feed back will be much appriecatied
     
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  7. pvaudio

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    Do you like a lot of feel aka tend to come into the net, or are you more of a baseliner?
     
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    Do you like crisp, soft, firm, spin, power, durability, control, cost, etc.?

    bg for spin.

    ash. kev. /alu for spin/durability

    Vs team/blackcode for serve/volley touch/control

    Barb wire/alu for pocketed spin

    Crispness: og micro
     
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  9. finalfantasy7

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    ive played with the black code 1.30mm, on my friend babolat didnt like it at all very plasticy n small trampoline affect, in my opinion pro tornado is way better. alot more control, better in every department - durability, power, spin, feel, tension
     
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  10. pvaudio

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    I cannot stand black code. It's almost as overpriced as RPM Blast. At least RPM plays well until it dies...the second you take it out of your bag.
     
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  11. mikeler

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    Does the Mantis Power have that awesome gluey smell that the Comfort has? :)
     
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  12. pvaudio

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    :lol: It reminds me of Tempera paint from grade school art class. The Power has a sweeter smell, but still doesn't smell like roses :D

    So which hybrid should I try next? I'll string up just about anything, so just let me know what you want to see. In fact, here's the list of strings I own:

    Natural Guts:
    Babolat Tonic 15L
    Babolat VS Team 17g
    Global Gut 17g
    Klip Legend 17g
    Pacific Prime 17g
    Performaxx HighTension 1.25
    Performaxx WhisperTouch 1.20

    Multifilaments:
    Alpha Gut 2000 18g
    Gamma LiveWire XP 16g
    Head C3 Rocket 17g
    Head Rip Perfect Control 16g
    Isospeed Professional Classic 17g
    Laserfibre Supernatural Gut Pro Stock 17g
    Mantis Comfort Synthetic 1.30
    Mantis Power Synthetic 1.25
    Pro Supex MaximTouch Original 17g
    Technifibre NRG2 1.18mm
    Technifibre X-One Biphase 1.18mm
    Tourna Quasi Gut 17g
    Wilson K-Gut 16g

    Synthetic Guts:
    Forten Sweet 17g
    Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17g
    Prince Synthetic Gut Duraflex Blue 16g
    Prince Synthetic Gut Duraflex White 18g
    Prince Synthetic Gut Original Black 15Lg
    Prince Synthetic Gut Original Gold 17g
    Prince Synthetic Gut Original White 17g
    Prince Topspin Plus 16 Yellow 16g
    Pro Supex FT Ruff 17g
    Pro Supex Spiral Flex 16g
    Pro Supex SynGut Titan 17g
    Pro Supex Synthetic Gut 18g


    Smooth Polyester:
    Genesis Black Magic 17g
    Kirschbaum Pro Line II 1.15
    Luxilon Adrenaline 1.25
    Luxilon Big Banger Ace 1.12
    Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 1.25
    Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Fluro 1.23
    Luxilon Big Banger M2 Pro 1.30
    Luxilon Big Banger Timo 1.10
    Pro Supex Big Ace Micro 1.15
    Signum Pro Poly Plasma
    Solinco Tour Bite 18g
    Technifibre Pro Red Code 17g
    Topspin Cyber Blue 17g
    Topspin Cyber Flash 17g
    Tourna Poly Big Hitter Blue 17g
    WeissCANNON Mosquito Bite 1.16
    WeissCANNON Scorpion 1.22
    WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.20

    Textured Polyester:
    Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 17g
    Babolat RPM Blast 16g
    Genesis Hexonic 1.09
    Genesis SpinX 17
    Genesis Typhoon 16L
    Kirschbaum Spiky Shark 1.30
    Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough 1.25
    MSV Hex 1.10
    Polystar Turbo 17g
    Pro Supex Blue Gear 18g
    Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 17g
    Signum Pro Tornado 1.23
    Technifibre Black Code 1.18
    Topspin Cyber Twirl 1.27
    WeissCANNON Turbotwist 1.18

    Will soon be carrying (on their way right now):

    PolyFibre Hexablade 1.18
    Volkl Cyclone 17g
    WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30

    Anything besides those last 3 that looks like a good play test combination?
     
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  13. mikeler

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    I bumped your thread up to 4 stars. No way is this a 3 star thread. Too much good info!
     
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  14. nvottennis

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    klip legend/bg 18
     
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  15. finalfantasy7

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    pvaudio could you compare the difference between the:
    Performaxx HighTension 1.25
    Performaxx WhisperTouch 1.20

    ive read your review of the whispertouch with scorpian - whhat tension did you have for both? because my cousin just got me few of the whispertouch 1.20 from america today
     
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  16. pvaudio

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    The HT does not give as much feel, but it does last longer. Compare them (relatively speaking, obviously) to VS Team 17 vs VS Touch 16.
     
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  17. Swood010

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    i'm a baseliner but i do end up at the net for alot of my points, but wouldnt classify that as a player who plays the net.

    i'm most concerned with durability but i dont want m\the racket to be to stiff from the string bed. and cost is a high priority but wont mind paying the extra if it makes a difference.
     
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  18. mikeler

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    Give Prince Pro Blend a try. It's Kevlar mains with synthetic gut crosses to soften it up. When I used to put string savers in that setup I could not break it before it went dead.
     
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  19. pvaudio

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    Alrighty, I will be cutting out two stringbeds tonight (the cyber twirl and mosquito bite), and re-stringing. What hybrids? I'm assuming something involving mantis. My reel of Cyclone just showed up last week, so add Cyclone 17 to the possibilities. What two hybrids should I test drive?
     
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  20. nvottennis

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    bg/tonic please! by the way, how can you afford to keep such a stock by yourself as a student?
     
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  21. GoodSamaritan

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    Id like to see a Cyclone / Gosen OG Micro 17 hybrid
     
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  22. BlxTennis

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    pvaudio, this is good stuff.
     
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  23. pvaudio

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    Tennis is my favorite sport, but audio electronics and loudspeakers are my first passion. I design loudspeakers, amplifiers and consult on home theatre acoustics as my primary income. Thus, the name PV Audio is the name of my business :)
     
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  24. pepka

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    Mantis Comfort/Silverstring, Scorpion or Turbotwist please:)
     
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  25. Preston

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    Test out a hybrid with SpinX(red) mains please. Very interested to hear your thoughts there. You have said good things about Typhoon and that is in my fav list.
     
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  26. nvottennis

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    and I'm assuming you must be doing well in that since thats a heck load of strings
     
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  27. pvaudio

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    Been at it since 2004 :)
     
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  28. pvaudio

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    All playtesting is on hold until I can drop my 103deg fever :(
     
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  29. mikeler

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    Yikes! Rest up, you'll be back out on the court before you know it.
     
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  30. finalfantasy7

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    just wondering pv audio when u tried ur whispertouch mains- scorpian crosses, at what tension did u have both, because my cousin from america got me few strings (those 2 strings aswell), wana try it
     
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  31. Preston

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    Not cool man, I feel your pain there. I was down for 4 days after Thanks Giving. Get well and test some SpinX :twisted:
     
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  32. pvaudio

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    Alrighty, fever has abated. Just have to let the chest congestion get under control, then it's back to stringing and playtesting! I have never been this sick before, 5 days with a fever, five! Oh well, at least it's gone for the most part. Nothing like having your strength back!

    Anyway, what two string setups should I try next? I haven't played for forever, and for some reason my Hexablade and Explosiv! are delayed in England ( :mad: ), so I won't have those on hand to add to the list. I guess there's lost of interest in the Mantis strings, so what sort of setup should I use? I'll use a combination of whomever posts first and the number of request for a specific string from my list on the previous page to decide the two setups.
     
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  33. pepka

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    Nice to hear that You're better:) Give my hybrid a try please
     
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  34. BlxTennis

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    pvaudio, thankgoodness you are feeling better. I have a question. On another thread you said you have LaserFibre SuperNatural Gut Pro. When did you order it? I want to order and try that string too but there are threads about how difficult it is when dealing with the company and that made me think twice.
     
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  35. Netspirit

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    pvaudio, did you do any performaxx natural gut reviews (did I miss them)? i wonder how far or close it is from/to vs team 17.
     
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  36. kiteboard

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    I paid for a set two weeks ago, and nothing.
     
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  37. Netspirit

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    ^ hopefully you used paypal (you have 60 days to submit a dispute)

    Here someone claims he ordered the strings on 1/19 and received on 12/1, basically just a week ago.
     
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  38. pvaudio

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    Thank you for your kindness. First up in Scorpion/Mantis Comfort. :)
    I ordered mine in late August, literally I think it was the 29th, and got it about 7-8 days later. I have never had a bad experience with LF.

    I did. I crossed Weisscannon Scorpion with it and it's my favorite setup ever.

    :(

    The guy ordered on 11/19, not 1/19. And yes, make sure to use PayPal so that if all goes badly, then you have recourse. Honestly, just order the strings and email or call them two days later to see if it's shipped. If not, wait another day or two then call again. It most likely has been shipped. Same goes for any other company with bad customer service i.e. Eagnas. Order online, then contact by phone or email to make sure they know that you're serious.
     
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  39. pvaudio

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    Alright, we have one setup down: Scorpion/Mantis Comfort.

    Need one more :)
     
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  40. pepka

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    Thanks a million :)
     
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  41. nvottennis

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    my suggestion of the tonic/ bg would be highly appreciated :D
     
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  42. pvaudio

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    :( I can't really test the Tonic as I only have a single set of it. Any other gut (aside from VS, that's too expensive) you want to see? Any of the other ones I have in >1 quantity.
     
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  43. finalfantasy7

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    pvaudio- can u remember what tension u had on the whisper n scorpian combination, because people say ur crosses should be really around 2pounds lighter than mains 2 create a bigger sweetspot. With the scorpian being put in around 52lbs n whisper peforming (as a natural gut at higher lbs) so around 57+. Would like to know what tension u had urs
     
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  44. nvottennis

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    ohh, ok, thats reasonable. Klip legend then please? I've been interested in buying this as a substitute for tonic or vs
     
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  45. pvaudio

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    Klip Legend mains or crosses?
     
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  46. pvaudio

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    Yep. The Scorpion as I said was strung at 56.5lbs, the gut at 58.5lbs.
     
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  47. pvaudio

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    Alrighty, two frames are empty. One shall be strung with Scorpion/Mantis CS. What should the other one be strung with? I will use the Tornado stick to string with Scorpion/gut to make sure that I at least have two frames which are identical. I heard a call for Klip Legend and Pro Supex Blue Gear?
     
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  48. Tmano

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    I can't keep up with you guys!!!!too much good info....good job PVAUDIO
     
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  49. pvaudio

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    Come on guys, still need that final setup! If it's Legend and Blue gear, I need to know what configuration it's supposed to be strung in.
     
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  50. kiteboard

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    Still no string, so I filed a paypal claim, as there was no response, and they have it listed as shipped with tracking number, no string.
     

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