Signum Pro Firestorm

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  1. Meaghan

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    Just been sent this to playtest.....anyone used it, how does it play etc, looks and feels like a smooth powerful poly, supposedly Mikhail Youzhny uses it I think in a hybrid with gut.....

    Im probably more likely to play this as a cross with a stiffer poly main but any info would be great.
     
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  2. Automatix

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    There's a thread about this string already.
     
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  3. Meaghan

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    Yes but it has 8 posts mainly taking about Youzhny and no real info about the string....
     
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  4. Automatix

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    Yep. But still creating numerous threads about the same thing makes finding some things harder.

    But I'm no moderator so... enjoy the string.
    I won't try it for some time unfortunately. :(
     
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  5. djnemo

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    Firestorm is powerful and comfortable. I noticed immediately when serving that this string has more pop than SPPP, and it is on the soft side for a poly. Spin was average for a poly. Not sure about durability yet since only hit for 2 hours.
     
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  6. ManuGinobili

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    You got it fast! I have to wait till mid March... It's supposed to be soft and powerful, I think along the line of Hyperion, could be softer and more powerful
     
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  7. djnemo

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    I haven't tried Hyperion, but Firestorm is definitely more powerful and has a softer feel compared to Tornado. I think I might have to string it higher then my usual 54 lbs. Seems like a good cross with Tornado in the mains for a combination of power and spin.

    It's been a while since I used Alu Power, so I will test the two side by side and provide a comparison on power level.
     
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  8. Meaghan

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    Thankyou, I look forward to your impressions. I will probably string this up as a cross with tour bite in the mains, I will comment back when I hit with it. HAve been playing poly hybrids of late and like a stiffer main and a soft powerful smooth cross, a very effective combination.
     
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  9. djnemo

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    Update on my full bed of Firestorm- excellent playability for 4 hours, then lost a little pop and feel and broke a string at 5 hour mark. Similar durability to Tornado, and I get an average of 6 hours out of SPPP and black code. So durability is average for a poly.

    Since Firestorm had a lot of power and mediocre spin (for a poly), I tried pro supex blue gear ultra in the mains and Firestorm in the crosses 56/54. The Blue Gear did tame some of the power and add spin, but I missed the free points I was getting on serve from the power of the full bed. I think I will try a full bed again at a higher tension.

    My ratings for Firestorm on a scale of 1-5.

    Power: 5
    Spin: 3
    Comfort: 5 (one of the softer feeling polys)
    Control: 3
    Tension Maintenance: tbd
    Durability: 3
     
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  10. Meaghan

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    Thanks djnemo, pretty much what I thought, Im still yet to string it up but your review makes me think it would work with tour bite mains.
     
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  11. Federerkblade

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    I have strung Firestorm 1.25 in my pure drive 54lb.

    Felt slightly too tight but indoors felt lovely. Good enough spin but that really does depend on raquet head speed and otehr player variables.

    I liked it, it has enough power and is a soft poly.
     
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  12. Torres

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    So Firestorm's a disappointment in the 'ol spin department eh?

    What about, its sister string... thunder...thunder...Thunder!....Thunderstorm!..... Hoaaah!!

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    10 Sided Shape Co-Polyester String
    Axially Twisted
    Colour: purple (violet)
    Gauges: 1.24mm, 1.30mm
     
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  13. nickarnold2000

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    It's violet purple! I don't see it at TW but Europe has it. Has anybody tried it yet?
     
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  14. Torres

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    Violet purple is the new black.

    Black is so 2010.
     
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  15. syke

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    Thunderstorm's Violet purple will go very well with my Prince CTS Thunderstick!
     
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    For those prefering Poly/Multi, I recommend to combine with WeissCannon 6 Star Supercharged Purple :rolleyes:
     
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  18. Meaghan

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    Sounds like a remarketed ten sided twisted poly in purple......

    The firestorm was a bit of a disappointment. Granted I have it as a cross with tb main. Its solid enough and plays well but is a touch muted and certainly not as lively as timo.

    Torres.....are I still playing tourna7 ? Have you tried it in the apd yet ?
    I had it as a main with timo cross in my melly and it played very good, very lively....
     
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  19. dadozen

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    I tested Firestorm 1.20 yesterday and I was really impressed with its performance. Softer than Tornado, but no loss in spin, while more control than Hyperion, without being too stiff.

    It's like they mixed Tornado and Hyperion into one string, delivering the best of each. Spin, decent power, control and comfort, it was all there. Excellent power/control ratio.

    I'm already thinking about getting a reel. Also played with dead ALU yesterday and my wirst is hurting like it hasn't in the past 2 years...
     
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  20. Torres

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    No, I've given up with BHB7 in my 6.1. It worked really well in the larger hooped Prestige MP, but for whatever reason, I can't seem to get it to jive in a 95/18x20. I much prefer BHBR16 in that stick, at least for 3-4 hours anyway.

    Bought an APD off the Bay as a flirtation but it hasn't arrived yet. Unless it completely blows me away in terms of the way it plays, I'll probably stick with the 6.1 as this natural gut / Lux hybrid I've begun using recently seems to have given a new lease of life. We shall see...
     
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  21. Fed Kennedy

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    Where do I get firestorm in the states?
     
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  22. asiank90

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    Sorry to bump an old thread, but has anyone used thunderstorm?
     
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  23. Up&comer

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    I'm planning on ordering some thunderstorm and firestorm along with a reel of tornado, I just have to earn the money to do it :) .
     
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  24. djnemo

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    I tried out Signum Thunderstorm this week. Full bed, 53 lbs in my Youtek Radical Pro. The color is a bright purple, very distinctive. It is a 10-sided string that is twisted as well, but the edges are not as sharp as most textured poly's. Thunderstorm is very soft, comfortable, above average power for a poly, with decent spin (about the same as tornado). The spin is not as good as tour bite or alu power spin. The overall feel is similar to the Firestorm string.

    I probably won't make this my main string, it's a bit too soft for me as I prefer crisper strings like Luxilon. Perhaps at 60 lbs it might work, but it's defintely worth a try for those that like soft arm-friendly polys.
     
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  25. dadozen

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    Playtested both Firestorm and Thunderstorm.

    I'm very impressed with Firestorm, with a very good control/power ratio, nice feel, good spin and very comfortable. I actually thought the overall performance reminded me of ALU( non rough ), and it's my main string right now.

    Thunderstorm is much more powerful, with excellent feel, but didn't find any increase in spin, despite the 10 sided/twisted shape. Very good for those looking for extra power in polyester strings.
     
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  26. parasailing

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    Anyone tried SPPP and can compare the difference between this and either Firestorm or Thunderstorm?
     
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    Para, here's the comparison:

    Power: Thunder>>>Fire>SPPP
    Control: SPPP>=Fire>Thunder
    Comfort: Thunder>=Fire>SPPP
    Tension stability: SPPP>=Fire>Thunder
    Feel: Thunder>Fire>SPPP
    Spin: SPPP>Thunder>Fire

    >= means that it's better but for a small margin
     
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  28. mrtrinh

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    do you mind comparing thunderstorm to hyperion or tornado? those are my 2 favorite strings from signum but thunderstorm looks really promising
     
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  29. dadozen

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    Sorry I didn't see your post before.

    Actually, Thunderstorm feels and performs very similarly to Hyperion: very soft, comfortable and explosive. Maybe it's even more powerful. I'd still give the edge in control to Tornado.

    It'd be something like this:

    Power: Thunder>Hyperion>Tornado
    Control: Tornado>Hyperion>Thunder
    Comfort: Thunder=>Hyperion>Tornado
    Tension stability: Tornado=Hyperion>Thunder
    Feel: Hyperion=>Thunder>Tornado
    Spin: Tornado( in the very first hours )=>Hyperion> Thunder
     
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  30. heartattack

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    Just ordered this string. Im just wandering what is my starting point of tension on this one. im currently using 55lbs @ 95sq.in. racquet close string pattern. Any help? thanks...
     
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  31. Federerkblade

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    50lbs perhaps lower
     
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    Just tried Firestorm in my IG Radical pro at 48/46. Very impressed with this string. I am using Dunlop Black Widow in my backup racquet so in comparison:

    Very plush feeling string with excellent ball pocketing and feel. I would say on par with BW if not a little better in the feel department.

    Powerful string, but not too much spring even at low tension. I was able to hit out with confidence, very solid " thrack " when hit in the sweet spot. At least as powerful as BW.

    Spin was very close to BW even though it is not a shaped string. Serves had very good action, flat serves were noticably harder then BW. Groundies had great action as well.

    Comfort on this stuff is second to none. I have not hit with a more comfortable poly, including BW.

    Excellent poly in all regards. Really stands out in the feel department, great comfort, and good power. Can't comment on the tension maintainance, only have about 3 hours on it, but so far so good.

    Definately worth a try as a full bed poly.
     
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  33. Matchball

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    Tried it on my BLX 90 tour. Power, comfort and not bad at the spin department. It feels like a more lively silverstring.

    Oh and it holds tension really well.
     
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  34. JackB1

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    Is Firestorm available anywhere in the States?
     
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  35. Matchball

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    Hmm, don't know, I happened to get a pack from the U.K.
    I think the best use for this is as a cross string or full-bed on open pattern, control-oriented frames.
     
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  36. Cfidave

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    I don't believe so. I received mine from a supplier in the UK, along with some Head synthetic leather grips that are not sold in the States, as well.

    I was curious about the string, thought I would give it a try, and was very pleased.
     
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  37. Cfidave

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    Actually, I think it is a little softer feeling then silverstring, with better ball pocketing. I also though the spin was somewhat better. Played two more sets with it tonight and the stringbed still feels fresh.
     
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  38. heartattack

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    hmmmm! #48 would a bit pingy if it is softer feeling than silverS.. IMO.
     
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  39. pixy

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    After using alot of strings i have found my MAINS string( at least for now :) ) : Firestorm. i feel it exactly how was decribed 2 posts above. plenty of power, soft and comfortable, very good spin because of its snap back , good tension maintenence and feels fresh alot longer than others, and also you can still play with it even when its dead ( it does not hurt my arm at all) . just for the record, im a gut/poly type of lover.
     
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  40. heartattack

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    youre exactly right `pixy.. how come TW doesn't sell it here?
     
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  41. pixy

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    Dont know abot that...its very easy to find it in Europe. a reel will cost me around 75$ which is extremely afordable. I guest that if more people in the states got to play with it and like it and talk about it , then Chris or his TW staff collegues would take into consideration to bring it on their list.
     
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  42. un6a

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    Anyone can compare Firestorm to Hyperion ?
     
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