PV Audio's Playtest Thread

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

  1. heartattack

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    Thanks. your reviews where very nice.. playing style, just like mine. i just have 1hbh though. what is tournament set-up string and tension use on your ag 4d tour?
     
  2. pvaudio

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    so my friend is going to sell me some lux strings for cheap. I asked him if he good get big banger alu power rough, but he said that he could only get big banger rough. Is there much of a difference? I have only played with the first one.

    thanks for any info
     
  4. pvaudio

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    bbo is more powerful, while alu power has more control, and loses tension faster, due to the snap back effect wearing off fast as the teflon coating rubs off quickly.
     
  6. rdis10093

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    thanks gents
     
  7. pvaudio

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    Do not like Silverstring/OGSM. It truly seems as though the spin potential is less than just syn gut and I'm not sure why. The Baseline/OGSM had worlds more spin. It also doesn't have the crisp feeling that I'm looking for. I think I'm going to stick with my prior favorite for the year then (until baseline comes out and I can use that until I leave): Tornado/Xcel FO. I loved that setup. It's not neutral, but it's got the crisp response I'm looking for.
     
  8. Wikky

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    Whats your favorite cost/performance set up so far? Just interested if you thought that one of the lower price point polys played significantly better than you thought it would.
     
  9. pvaudio

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    ^^^ Baseline/OGSM by 182748739 country miles.
     
  10. bigmalik76

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    For me its Blackout/Forten sweet 17g excellent cost performance
     
  11. Up&comer

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    Do you have plans to test out mantis power poly?
     
  12. pvaudio

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    I sir do not have any!
     
  13. mixedmedia

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    Might you make some? :)
     
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    So you plan to buy some, right :) ?
     
  15. TLy963

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    can anyone comment on tension stability and playability of pro's pro strings like vendetta, blackout, plus power, or concept

    anything is much appreciated, thanks
     
  16. pvaudio

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    You should do a search, there is already a huge Pros Pro thread. Either that or contact BigT since he's an authorized vendor. :)
     
  17. ManuGinobili

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    there are reviews on stringforum can can be beneficial
     
  18. finalfantasy7

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    just wondering anyone know when luxilon 4g string, will come out
     
  19. TexasTennisbum

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    Help for the string ignorant

    Hello string experts...
    I need options:

    4.5 player serve/volley, loopy forehand with heavy topspin, 1hbh, settled on Prestige Pro IG

    1. The PP I purchased off of **** had Babolat Pro Hurricane 16 full bed at something like 60 pounds. This was too tight for me and was sneaking up on my tennis elbow at times. It was like a wooden plank at times.

    2. I then, per the advice of a tennis shop strung it with a full bed of Luxilon ALU Power Big Banger Fluoro 17 at 50 pounds. I played with it for four hours yesterday, had mild elbow tinge, nothing too bad. I didn't get much more of a pop over the PH setup mentioned in 1, which surprised me. I got an increase in topspin forehand and lefty spin on the serve, maybe 25% more.

    I don't think I am sacrificing anything that great if I move away from these setups to remove the risk of significantly damaging my elbow.

    Whoever reads this thread or the OP certainly know strings, what am I missing, what should I try next if anything?
     
  20. bigmalik76

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    I just got done Testing some Pro's Pro strings and will try another round by the end of this month. I will be posting some reviews soon. I have tried Blackout, Vendetta, Hexaspin, and Gutex Ultra all 17g. All the polys as hybrid with Forten sweet 17g as Cross. the Multi as a full bed. For me playability was good for all the strings other than Hexaspin which for me was just too muted and had no feel. I will have more detail in the reviews.
     
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    Try Multi's read Mikeler's Multi thread for recommendations. Your elbow will thank you
     
  22. rdis10093

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    just got back from club. I played the full bed of that stupid black string. I hate it so much. If syn gut is neutral, then that stuff is negative. I would be perfectly happy to play with a full bed of syn gut, but not this crap. It just takes so much work to get anything out of it. You really have to work for every single shot. Worst tennis string in the world. I don't even know why it is made.
     
  23. pvaudio

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    LOL my man, bring me your sticks and I'll redo them. I told you it's atrocious, did I not? For those wondering, he's talking about Forten Nylon 15L. :lol:
     
  24. pvaudio

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    I don't remember stringing any Forten recently though, did you get that done at home on spring break?
     
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    actually you did it, It even has your sticker on. It was a more than a month ago, but I had not hit with it yet, and I was like semi fresh strings, why not? Nope I was wrong, I will take dead strings over that forten any time.
     
  26. pvaudio

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    Wow, that was a long time ago then. I just looked in my records, and the last time I strung for you was 01/25/2012. That was the Adrenaline Rough/Yonex 850.
     
  27. rdis10093

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    not sure about that, one of the stickers says 3/8, but anyway I just don’t understand, on the reel is says competition nylon. No pro would use this. Also nylon is the same stuff prince syn gut is made out of, so why is it not even close to playing like syn gut?
     
  28. pvaudio

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    Aha! You are correct. Looked at the wrong info form. Either way, yes, it's nylon, but all string is not made equal! Just about all premium multifilaments are made of nylon in some shape or form as well. Why Forten Nylon is so atrocious, I don't know, but it is pretty much the best string to learn to string with.
     
  29. rdis10093

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    yeah, I am trying to scrounge up some money to get some new strings. I can't get the cheap lux stuff untill I get back home. I'll text you when I need help with the labor part. Also on tennis warehouse I noticed that they have a string called big hitter silver rough. Is this anything like alu rough? Also you find out which days if at all you can hit?
     
  30. alidisperanza

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    I'd rather string with twine...Atrocious indeed
     
  31. pvaudio

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    I have big hitter silver rough if you want to try it. And nope, it's nothing like ALU.

    Given your new avatar, do you like Huey Lewis and the News?
     
  32. pvaudio

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    Gosh that is one of my all time favorite movies. The subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my god, it even has a watermark. If you guys don't know what I'm talking about, I'm just returning some videotapes.
     
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    I pray you have read the book, the movie doesn't do it justice, but still a great movie in its own right
     
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    Fun fact: in Australia, you cannot buy the book unless you are over the age of 18, and it's only fit for sale if it's shrink-wrapped so that people can't thumb through it in the store lol
     
  35. Smasher08

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    Nice. I've just had some black force and ichiban arrive -- looking forward to the test drive.
     
  36. rdis10093

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    have you read any of his other books? The man is a good author though, the first time I read AP I almost got sick, but I read the whole thing in one day.
     
  37. Up&comer

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    It really is an interesting book to read.
     
  38. rising

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    Has anybody here tried pro supex platinum string?
     
  39. pvaudio

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    Cannot say that I have!

    I'm not sure I'm going to even finish the Silverstring/OGSM review. It's not what I'm looking for. The 18g OGSM is not the one to go for, and that's obvious.
     
  40. CRWV

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    You mentioned that you test the full bed for every poly you use in a hybrid, would you mind writing up a review for a few of those (doesn't need to be as detailed as the big'uns).

    I'm specifically looking for a full bed review of Scorpion, B5E, and silverstring.
     
  41. pvaudio

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    Unfortunately I cannot and don't have the time at the moment to find it, but I believe mixedmedia asked me that same question. The answer is in this thread if you use the "search in thread" feature :)
     
  42. CRWV

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    No big deal, I'm in college too (grad school), so I understand. :)
     
  43. alidisperanza

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    I can give you a quick rundown of 2/3

    B5E:

    If I had to pick one adjective to describe this string, it would simply be "control." The string is literally designed with the power player in mind that needs a string that can temper either a lively racquet or a lively arm. Spin is good if you use proper technique but it's not going to be anything ridiculous. What you'll find is that the spin is more appropriate for keeping the ball in play as opposed to making it jump off the court. Tension stability for this string is another forte. Most of the WC strings have very positive reviews in this aspect. Power is going to be pretty low for this string: definitely lower than SilverString

    SilverString:
    For the longest time this was my go-to poly. It combines a nice set of characteristics that plays stable for the life of the string. Fairly low powered, SS is a control poly as well. Personally, I thought that I got more spin/ better strokes out of the silverstring than the B5E but that's just me. You'll notice a bit more pop than B5E. What I really like about the silverstring is that it gives consistent results. You get what you put in to your shots and it's reliable. My favorite combination for this string is natural gut/ss since it perfectly tempers the extra power of the gut. If SS were a touch more spin friendly, this would probably still be my go-to. Again, consistency is going to be the forte of this string but I'd say more in the playability of the stringbed and the consistency of stroke production.
     
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  44. polytheist

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    Amen. SS is almost perfect for power and feel, but there is no free poly spin. As others have indicated, it's a very "honest" poly. If i was a flatter hitter, this would be the grail.
     
  45. polytheist

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    I need CoFocus, SS, and Scorpion to do a menage-a-trois and give me the perfect poly.
     
  46. CRWV

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    thank you!

    anyone mind giving a brief rundown of Scorpion and/or co-focus in full beds?
     
  47. RetroSpin

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    I tried scorpion in a fullbed. Dunlop 4D200T at 45. I liked it, but it wasn't magical in any particular way. Good spin, controllable, decent power on serve. Pretty comfortable. Held tension pretty well.

    I also tried B5E and BHBR. I concur with the opinion a few posts above about B5E. My experience totally. Very controllable but not the string for ripping winners from all over the court unless you are a real animal.

    I loved the BHBR. Maybe I was just on the days I used it, but I found it a sublime blend of power and spin. Seemed to go dead quicker than the B5E though.
     
  48. mikeler

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    I guess I'm a real animal then. Sidenote, it was only B5E mains... :)
     
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    checked my exam schedule first saturday final in my life. woe is me. anyway, are you going to the tennis social tonight?
     
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    I dont think I have ever heard someone say Bret Easton Ellis' books are "interesting" to read.
     

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