PV Audio's Playtest Thread

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

  1. mixedmedia

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    Sorry, Hotrocks, I didn't mean for us to get off on the wrong foot...

    Do you usually go with poly mains and gut crosses? (for reference)
     
  2. pvaudio

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    Indeed I do, I've been one of the playtesters for a few months now. It's really quite good, to be honest. While it doesn't make your strings better than they are, it makes near death strings far more playable AND improves durability (mostly for gut and gut hybrids, not sure about poly/poly). I can get a few more hours out of my poly/gut hybrids like I was using when I started testing it and get even a few more out of the gut/poly. :)
     
  3. mixedmedia

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    And idea what's in it?
     
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  4. mixedmedia

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    Thanks for the information! Right now I just wipe my strings down with mineral oil. Do you think this is worth the 100 bucks since I don't self-string? I really wish they offered a trial size... I inquired about it probably a week ago but haven't heard back yet.
     
  5. pvaudio

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    Holy crap, it's $100? No, I honestly have to say that it's not. I would honestly spend that money and get another racquet which could have fresh string (considering my stick is on sale for $100). It's really good stuff, but since it gives you about 1.5-2x the life, then I'd say that I'd personally pay $20.

    And nope, I have no idea what's in it!
     
  6. mixedmedia

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    Yeah, at first I read the price as $9.95, but then I saw it as $99.95. Maybe there is a mistake...?
     
  7. Mig1NC

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    Dang. I could get a couple of full VS team string jobs for that.

    Or four-five hybrids.

    Or six-seven of Pacific in a hybrid.
     
  8. GlenK

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    I'll be happy to string your racquets!! :twisted:
     
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    I could get 30 polylon string jobs. Hehe.
     
  10. mixedmedia

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    I'd love to try it, but, at that price, even if it extends the life by a couple hours, I'd rather just spend the money to have fresh gut (and poly).
     
  11. rafanadal fan4e

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    Pvaudio you suck man get some lessons
     
  12. mixedmedia

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    What a disappointment: I clinked on the thread, excited about some new replies, and...
     
  13. hebrewhammer

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    I second that
     
  14. pvaudio

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    Heh I won't bother defending myself against this guy basing my ability off of a video where I'm fooling around :). He just goes around saying people are garbage. Rather, how about we see your skills? Please do make your own thread though. :)
     
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    he's a 14 year old kid...
     
  16. pvaudio

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    Yeah I know he's a junior, but Roddick was #1 junior in the world, so who knows! :D

    I still haven't restrung these sticks (did once when I had different strings in all of them, but all are the same minus the one with Light Touch) and they play great. It's interesting that since I've stopped fooling around with combinations, I can fine tune my game to tennis ability rather than equipment opinions. Obvious, yes, but still interesting. :)
     
  17. mixedmedia

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    Haha, so I guess no WT/Scorpion yet?
     
  18. pvaudio

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    I was kidding. I couldn't care less how good or otherwise you are.
     
  19. pvaudio

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    My friend, I am nearly a decade older than you. If you honestly believe that I even have a modicum of interest in your tennis abilities, then you are sadly mistaken. I am feeling gracious though having been a decent junior player myself before I tore my shoulder, so here's something I wished I knew when I started in high school. No matter how good you think you are, even the worst looking players on paper and on the practice court next to you are likely far better than you would imagine. I know that you don't think this now because you're young and likely still ignorant to such things, but do take it from me personally: never underestimate anyone's skill until you're across the net from them. Seeing someone fooling around with his friends will tell you nothing about the heaviness of the ball coming at you. Just a small tip of experience, take it or leave it. :)
     
  20. pvaudio

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    I do have to be honest, I really want to test some L-Tec strings, but there is absolutely no way that I will spend any cent on them unless I can understand exactly what I'm getting. Since all of the strings are marketed identically as having good spin and gobs of superbly controllable power, I'll pass for now. If anyone opens up a playtest and would like another opinion, either email me at pvstringing@gmail.com or just let me know here. :)
     
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    PV you have to have done the most comprehensive testing ever, it's awesome stuff and I have learned mucho. Just wanted to say thanks!

    McD
     
  22. mikeler

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    Get lost kid. You are just adding garbage posts to a very long and informative thread.
     
  23. GlenK

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    ^^^Amen!!!
     
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    Indeed. And like pv said, you can't tell squat from looking at one sided video of a person goofing off with his friends. If you watched a video of me playing, you wouldn't think I was that great, but I hit a heavy ball for my age, which gives people more trouble than you'd think.

    And I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be able to handle his serve at 14. I'd have a huge problem dealing with it, simply because I don't play against people that hit the ball like that.

    Test on, pv.
     
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    Dont worry about that poster...he/she had a bad day I guess.

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  26. jdunnie014159

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    Hey I'm going to string up a Champion's Choice type setup in the AG 100 with the Whispertouch 17L. Based on playability, not durability, which poly would you use out of the ones listed below:

    ALU Rough
    BHBR
    RPM
    Barb Wire
    Black code
    Red Code

    i've gotta use up some half-sets...
     
  27. pvaudio

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    Out of those, honestly the RPM cross would likely yield the best playability followed by BHBR then Barb Wire. Reason is because it's not overly textured. Still though, who knows until you try it!
     
  28. RoughOG

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    Hey PV,
    Have you ever tried WT/gut w/ BB ace? or WT/gut w/ Spiky shark?
     
  29. pvaudio

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    Indeed, I played VS mains / Spiky Shark last year. It is a very interesting setup. It's very soft feeling (I used power pads, however) yet the power is quite high. The spin, however, is crazy. Unfortunately, it's the spin-in-place sort of spin which makes the ball sit up. It doesn't create heavier balls like BHBR or Tour Bite. It's more of an impressive type of spin rather than a useful type. Not for me. :)
     
  30. mctennis

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    Ditto , ditto, ditto. Too many cocky kids think they are all that. A court but whipping makes them a little more humble and appreciative of someone else's skills rather than their own childlike vision of how great they are. Crow never tastes good even withy lots of catsup.
     
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    ditto, ditto
     
  32. finalfantasy7

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    pv, would you try bhbr with a a new setup like wt/poly, also nrg2?
     
  33. pvaudio

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    I don't follow, do you mean my new racquet?
     
  34. pvaudio

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    Got an email from Performaxx. Turns out the Gold spray does not cost $99. It's actually $8.95 - $10.95, free ship. Amazing what a decimal can do :)

    It's on sale on the bay, 3 types (fix the space):

    http://stores.e bay.com/Performaxx-Natural-Gut-Strings/Racket-string-lubricant-/_i.html?_fsub=2705834016&_sid=922990026&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322
     
  35. mixedmedia

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    I thought that was the original price! PV, have you ever used baby/mineral oil to extend the life of your gut? If you, how many times longer does this help the gut last?
     
  36. pvaudio

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    Nah, I don't bother with oils and what not. I'm too paranoid that dirt from the ball and everywhere else will get on them and destroy them. I just play em till they don't play back :)

    And no, if anyone is wondering, I'm not going to review the spray. I don't feel it's particularly appropriate for two reasons: 1. You would assume that I'm biased since I already use the strings and tested the spray as a playtester (on the contrary, that means I'll be even more honest) and 2. I have not tried the stuff for sale now as the formula was changed. I'll leave that to another gut diehard. :)
     
  37. pvaudio

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    Alrighty, going to give the ball machine a workout (yes, not the other way around!) tomorrow, so if anyone has any string suggestions, I'll throw it together tonight!
     
  38. Readers

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    PV, I bought Gold spray, have not gotten it yet, but asking anyway, how do you apply it? Also, on the page, it's implied you should apply it to fresh strung one, does it work on an already heavily fraying gut?
     
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  39. pvaudio

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    When I was playtesting, I would spray it on the strings after a few hours. You can spray it prior to stringing, but I never bothered doing that. What I would do is spray them once they were dying. It gives a bit more slip to make the strings work better for longer. It won't bring poly back from the dead, but it temporarily mimics it.
     
  40. pvaudio

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    Alrighty, just strung up LT/Scorpion at 41/41. Will report on it!
     
  41. mixedmedia

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    Yeah, it says on the product page that it can be used before the string is ever hit with in order to prevent wear.
     
  42. mixedmedia

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    Awesome! When they get WT back in stock will you try out WT/Scorpion?
     
  43. pvaudio

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    Hehe I have many sets of WT Pro left. I am testing to see if I like the feel of LT better though. After it broke in, it felt and is playing better than WT.
     
  44. mixedmedia

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    Ahh I see. It is very nice once it's broken in, but I don't like to have to wait 5 hours for a string to get settled in...
     
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    Hmm, maybe this is similar as the B5E as the B5E in the cross was not as strong as B5E on the mains, What would happen if you reversed it with the spiky shark?
     
  46. pvaudio

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    This was definitely better. It took all aspects of the WT or LT mains with MSV crosses and stepped them up a notch. Spin wasn't quite as good, but the balls just come off with so much authority. I hit for a moment with my old coach (went home to see my parents) from high school, and he was amazed at how much different my strokes were. He was teaching an adult clinic and came onto the court to watch me hit and commented on just how much my shots were penetrating the court. That's fine in itself, but what made it great for me was that I didn't have to try to get the strings to do what I wanted. That's exactly why I had been using Scorpion in the first place and I presume why it's the #1 control string on the string forum. It's interesting though because I have to revise my ratings. I didn't think I'd find something more appropriate for my game than WT/Co Focus, but LT/Scorpion is definitely the replacement.
     
  47. mixedmedia

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    That's great to hear! Now you have to double check and make sure WT's not better and try out the new P'maxx guts. :-D (And maybe some L-TEC if they ever give us the info we need.)
     
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    Of the two crosses, which one lasts longer without dying? I know wc is usually excellent in this regard, curious about the msv.
     
  49. Up&comer

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    Pv, have you tried a full bed of co focus yet?
     
  50. pvaudio

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    Indeed, I rather want to try the Classic Touch 17.
     

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