PV Audio's Playtest Thread

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  1. mikeler

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    I'd like to see the two poly string wizards meet up this summer.
     
  2. davedomart

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    PV, what strings did/do you stock when stringing for other people? Thanks.
     
  3. pvaudio

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    Dude I"m here all rest of summer haha. Just name it!
     
  4. pvaudio

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    As some of the other guys in here who I string for can attest, I stock strings from just about every manufacturer. For poly though, I push WeissCANNON very hard along with Tour BIte. For syn gut, Pro Supex Spiral Flex, but also have Gosen OGSM and Forten Sweet and a bunch of others. For multi, I push Pro Supex Maxim Touch, Mantis Comfort Syn and Explosiv!. Natural gut, don't even have to ask. But even then, I've got just about a sample from everyone.
     
  5. pvaudio

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    Played about an hour and a half with the Scorp/TB. Pretty good! Very solid feel, but the TB definitely changes the magic of the Scorpion. That aside, Thunderblast just seems like a good all-purpose cross string.

    On another note, to those wondering my first serve speed, I averaged 109mph tonight on a SpeedTrac. Conditions were 73deg and humid. I'm content with that given my blown shoulder a few years ago. :)
     
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  7. pvaudio

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    I honestly do not buy the frame rate --> speed calculator. It seems like it's so accurate because it's simply r = d/t, but as you can see, unless you have high speed footage, getting an accurate read is ridiculously hard. You're at 120, easy. I don't think you need to worry any further than that haha.
     
  8. pvaudio

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    And yeah, the second one may be more accurate, but the first one is way off. Pros take their serve speed off the racquet face while SpeedTracs and other type of serve radars take the reading after the ball has slowed.. Your calc says that you just served 30mph faster than the fastest ever recorded :)
     
  9. alidisperanza

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    Yeah, I was focused on the final number-- As soon as I recognized it, I edited it haha. There are definitely other factors that come into play-- distance from the center line, fact that I'm 6'3'' and have a turkey vulture wingspan with a racquet etc... I don't have VLC on this computer but I popped it into Windows movie player and went by the minimal fractions I could fwrd and tracked the ball from String contact to where it bounces and flattens out on the court. .37 seconds was the closest I could get it. Next time I play, I'll get my buddy to tape a bit in 240fps :p
     
  10. pvaudio

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    So when's the match???
     
  11. alidisperanza

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    Today's last day of class until August so I'm going to be freeing up a lot of time. I'll let you know. You're also more than welcome to come down to NY one weekend, play some tennis, some beach tennis, and just chill. There are actually several posters on the boards in my area.
     
  12. Up&comer

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    What are you studying?
     
  13. alidisperanza

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    It was a week long prep class for Law School.
     
  14. Up&comer

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    Cool. Good luck with law school.
     
  15. pvaudio

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    Ali! When are you coming???
     
  16. pvaudio

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    Thunderblast is just an absurd string. I volleyed better with it crossing Scopion than with gut mains.

    Played a senior 4.5 today. Very, very interesting game. Besides the fact that it was on clay which I never play on since clay doesn't really exist where I live (clay is our "feature" surface, as in "16 professionally finished courts and featuring 3 brand new Har-Tru clay courts" etc.), this guy just hits everything flat, and everything back. No pace, absorbs mine, and just ridiculous patience. I think the hardest thing is that I"ve gotten used to playing big hitters on medium speed hard courts, so now I have to learn to work on my timing and footwork to play against softer hitters on a slippery surface. In short, if you have access to both, you seriously should be playing on both surfaces. Extremely educational.
     
  17. pvaudio

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    My makeshift anti-clay-on-carpet solution :D

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  18. MambaT

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    There are multiple levels of make-shift in that picture... like a make-shift black hole...

    :)
     
  19. mikeler

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    Thunder Blast is probably the best multi at net. If you play a lot of dubs, it is a must try.

    Here is my anti clay strategy:

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  20. pvaudio

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    I'm living in a hi-rise studio apartment for 3 months. A more permanent solution is not yet necessary :)
     
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    America's green Clay stinks it is a poor solution for juniors. The balls still move to fast compared real brick.
     
  22. rdis10093

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    I'd pick it any day over hard though
     
  23. pvaudio

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    Not a chance. Fast court = good court. :D
     
  24. alidisperanza

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    Clay is red brick. Har-true is the green crap that people mistake for clay. I wouldn't mind in the least if they did away with the horrid stuff.

    As for coming up, I need to see what the gf is up to. She's got lots of friends in the area and I'm sure she'd love to make the trip.
     
  25. pvaudio

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    Sweeeet. My fiancee arrives this week, actually. Does the gf play tennis?
     
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  26. pvaudio

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    Do you ever feel bad when the opponent brings the balls? Waffle ironing them with TB to take back home just seems...rude :D
     
  27. mikeler

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    That is not the only black string that does that. Honestly, I thought it was funny when I used the string, now it annoys me slightly.
     
  28. pvaudio

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    It's an annoyance that I'm willing to live with since it makes for such a good cross string. Come the fall, I'll carry Thunderblast and Nvy for my customers but will be sure to warn them of this.
     
  29. alidisperanza

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    She's learning on crack. She's only played 4x? but she already has more topspin than some of my 4.5 teammates-- rather amusing.
     
  30. pvaudio

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    Hmm was thinking about mixed, but I'd rather do singles first at the very least. Any particular date work for you? This weekend, next weekend, any weekend works so far haha.

    Oh and just so you know, I'm already aware that you're better than I am, BUT, I don't care about losing so there shall be no excuses from my end. So, if I go down 0,0 I'll still post the results here with no shame. :)
     
  31. mikeler

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    They sent me another sample to test where the black marks were not supposed to be as bad but I did not see any difference visually on the balls. I think they are trying to make slight tweaks to it so they don't change the property of the strings. It really is a great cross and not too shabby in a full bed either.
     
  32. GarryClarke

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    pvaudio

    ive got some WC Scorpion and want to try it in a full bed in my 2012PD
    i no you rave about this so looking forward to trying it.

    what sort of tensions would you recommend??????

    cheers garry
     
  33. pvaudio

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    Upper 40s, lower 50s.

    And those are some serious....bangs in your avatar :shock:
     
  34. GarryClarke

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    cheers pvaudio

    so 49/51 in my PD would be ok???? or could i go lower 48/50?????

    and will tell my mrs you like her "BANGS" pmsl

    cheers garry
     
  35. pvaudio

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    Haha no need to do that now....:)

    And yesh, I personally string it 47 or 48 depending on the cross string. Lower for gut, higher for multi. The one pound honestly makes no difference in feel, I just like being consistent.
     
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    she said thanks and looked at me in that weird way women do when they have no idea what,s going on (she doesnt no im using that picture as an avitar) lol

    im going to try scorpion in a full bed first @ 48/50 or 50/52?????

    can i hybrid scorpion (mains) with tourbite/silverstring/mantisPP/syngut/B5E (crosses)???????,these are the strings i have at the moment to play with.

    any advice would be great

    thanks garry
     
  37. tennisnut09

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    Hello Mike & PV,
    I want to try the B5E and ThunderBlast hybrid. Can you please recommend me the tension range. I am in Phoenix, AZ. It is easily over 100 degree at 9:30 AM. My racket is the PDR 2012 16X19. I've played with BHB7 17g full bed @56 and WC scorpion 17g full bed @56. I like the scorpion better, love the control but I wished it has a bit more spin and a tag more power.

    Thank you both in advance!
     
  38. Smasher08

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    Why.not try dropping the tension on the scorpion by a few pounds? Should give you both more power and more spin.
     
  39. tennisnut09

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    Yes, I will try that next. A little worry about the control level though. Will it still be there when dropping the tension. Also, it is extremely hot here. All the guys here whom I know keeping their polys tension above 55 lbs.
     
  40. colan5934

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    PV, I seek your advice again. I followed your suggestion and got a couple sets of Iontec Black. It just wasn't my cup of tea. I strung one at 52 (regular tension) and one at 48, and I just could not find a groove. The feel was there, the spin was there, power, control, but I just couldn't put it all together. It was almost too much like a multi for my tastes. I may revisit this some time, though. I picked up my third stick with fresh Tour Bite--I love fresh TB, but after 4 or 5 hours, it becomes another stiff poly--and it was wondrous. Is there anything else that you might suggest? I'm looking for a good amount of spin and control without that stiff and dead feeling. I'm currently using the string my college coach supplies (Kirschbaum Super Smash), and I hate it. Too stiff, tension maintenance is horrid; basically, it just fills the space in my racket so I have something to hit the ball with. If you could provide multiple suggestions, that would be great as well.
     
  41. Blee1613

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    Hey PV another quick question,
    Out of Discho Iontec, Scorpion, and Silverstring, can you rank them in terms of durability? I love Silverstring and I've been using it in a full bed but I keep breaking them.
     
  42. pvaudio

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    Oh God, Super Smash is his go-to? Yikes. If you like TB (not consumption, the stuff from Solinco :D ), then perhaps you'd like Genesis Typhoon grey. It's a stiffer feeling string, and great spin. Since I DON'T personally care for it over the blue because of said stiffness, perhaps that'd be what you're looking for. :)
     
  43. pvaudio

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    Honestly, out of all of these, the only one I've broken is Scorpion. I'm not the one to ask. :)
     
  44. Up&comer

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    I still have yet to try iontec, but I found scorpion to be more durable than silver string.
     
  45. colan5934

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    Yeah, he refuses to order something with the same price but better performance. The girls' team complains of arm pain all the time, and they use hybrids haha. Some have even started using my string, whether it be Cyber Flash or Polystar Energy just because it's more comfortable. But he isn't changing any time soon (I think he gets it super cheap) so I'll give Typhoon another try, I tried it when it first came out and remember liking it, but I just haven't followed up with it. If not, Tour Bite for 20% off might have to do in a hybrid with Syn Gut to cut costs a bit. I did just try Still in Black Select 1.30 as a test from another site, and I'm really enjoying it. Definitely one of my top 3 polys.
     
  46. Benske

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    Sorry if i missed this in reading 145 pages, but can anyone offer thoughts on a SS and Scorp hybrid.
    Thinking about mixing them and my inclination would be to do the Scorp in the Crosses, thinking crisper feel. Thoughts?

    I share many of PV's thoughts on both strings, they are my go to choices for my PB10mid - I have an all court game. I hit lots of spin off the ground and frequent the net.

    Appreciate the feedback.
     
  47. alidisperanza

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    Hey dude, sorry about the whole trip to Boston ordeal :( Things are just getting crazy around here and I don't have the time to make the trip. Didn't want you to think that it's anything against you, just so many things happening in so little time. Sorry again buddy.
     
  48. rdis10093

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    will pv's shop still be open this school year?
     
  49. pvaudio

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    The shop shall be open and with new inventory :)
     
  50. Teniludius

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    A friend who needs extra control hopes that perhaps you might be stocking some 16 gauge gut and poly's :)
     

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