reel versus single set

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  1. Brocolt

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    How many rackets can you get out of a reel 16x 19 string pattern 100" frame. I finally found the one string I like and curious how much of a saving a reel is. Seems like you might only get one extra racket out of a reel versus a set for the price or am I mistaken
     
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  2. Tennishacker

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    Depends on the string you use, but if you use a reel for hybriding, then it's a better value.

    Some reels come in 720'.
     
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  3. mikeler

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    It really comes down to how many feet your rackets require. My last two 100" frames require 39 feet. So if I have 660 feet per reel divided by 39 that comes out to about 17 string jobs. Compare that to 17 packs of the string in terms of price and you have your answer.
     
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  4. Woolybugger

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    off the bat the reel brings down the cost per set by about 20%, depending on manufacturer of course. Then if you're careful you measure out just the length of string you need (minimal leftover) and you can stretch 1-2 more sets out of the reel. For example, I only use 34' of Babolat Xcel so a reel saves me money.
     
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  5. pvaudio

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    I wrote this in a similar thread. As a rule of thumb, the French strings will yield zero savings from a reel.
     
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  6. Tennishacker

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    In my experience, serious juniors, college players or frequent string breakers would benefit most from a reel.

    I prefer singles packets; fresher, can try other brands, don't have to worry about reel left with stringer.
     
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  7. pvaudio

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    I'm sorry, fresher?
     
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  8. mikeler

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    I'm guessing he means a reel takes longer to put the string into use. I hate cutting off those zip ties on packs though.
     
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  9. Tennishacker

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    I have a reel of multi from many years ago, not the same feel as a new pkg.
     
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  10. pvaudio

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    If you have a reel of string that you love, there is no difference whatsoever. Reason being, if you get 16 sets of string in packet form, you still can only use one set at a time. The remaining sets are still sitting there waiting to be used, and it's not like retailers throw out sets of unsold string because they're past their shelf life. That's why the comment makes no sense: you have no idea how "new" a set of strings is when you buy it, but if you buy it in reel form, then you're guaranteed to have string that is all the same age. Unless you store your strings in the steam room or on a window ledge, synthetics and poly strings aren't really affected by anything.
     
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  11. pvaudio

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    Leaving a reel of string you didn't like to waste away somewhere isn't exactly the same as saying the last few sets of string on a go-to reel aren't as good as the first ones. The latter point is the one I want to make sure the OP understands: your string sets will not start losing playability as you use up your reel simply due to time.
     
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  12. COPEY

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    Two-piece, Mikeler? I ask because if you were doing one-piece, a frame that size should only require about 37' at the most.
     
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  13. fortun8son

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    Unless you get an extra discount(e.g. Tourna), the reel gives only .5-1.5 extra sets if one is very careful with the clippers (depending on the frame).
    Less for mains, more for crosses.
     
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  14. COPEY

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    Yep, but that's kind of stating the obvious based on the posts up to this point.. My question actually hinges around the word "requires" in his post. Even still, if someone says, hey, here's an extra set of string, I'll gladly take it! Especially if it's something I like. ;-)
     
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    I'm a two piece guy when it comes to stringing and looking at women in bathing suits.
     
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  16. sepidoel

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    Have you ever done both simultaneously? :p
     
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  17. COPEY

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    LOL gotcha.
     
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  18. mikeler

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    Only when my wife is shopping.
     
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  19. pvaudio

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    :lol: This thread has taken possibly the most unexpected and hilarious turn yet this year. Nice work Dr. Mike
     
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  20. Litespeeds

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    There is less recoil memory when using strings from a reel.

    I use 35' of string for a one piece string job on a 16x19 100 sq.in. frame. If this is all you use, you can possibly get 2 more string jobs from a 660' reel.
     
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  21. wmilas

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    ^---- This.

    This is the one and only reason I prefer reels.
     
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  22. sepidoel

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    When using reel do you guys use the proper stringing technique (for mains : prepare the string, starting from center and waste more string) or save as much string as possible (loosely weave all mains, knot one tip and start from there)?

    I saw someone did the last one and I think it's not a really bad idea if it isn't strung very tightly.
     
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  23. pvaudio

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    I honestly have never heard of that, how would that work? Mains by definition tie off on other mains (assuming we're talking two pieces), so how can you tie a starting knot on a string which still needs to be tenioned? I string all racquets the same way, which is yes, starting at the center mains.
     
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  24. mikeler

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    Glad I could be of service. :)
     
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    He just tied the tip onto the second main when it was still loose, but I don't know what kind of knot he was using. What I knew the second could still be pulled. I'm sure it had lower tension then the other, but I think some player can ignore second main has lower tension as long as it can save more string.
     
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