String Reel Characteristics

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Jerme, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. Jerme

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    I wonder for how long will a tennis string on a reel keep its characteristics the same as when it was unseal from the plastic , if the reel stays in normal conditions. Will it make any difference if the reel is unsealed or sealed in the plastic bag ?
     
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  2. laquenelle

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    the most fragile part of the reel is when you reach the end, the 3-4 last sets,
    the end of the reel is very stressed and compressed and after a moment it becomes more fragile during elongation.
     
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  3. rodrigoamaral

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    if its poly or multi or syn gut, makes no difference at all... only natural gut and thats if you store it humidity, heat, etc...
     
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  4. Chotobaka

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    You cannot be serious. The only possible issue at the end of the reel is increased coil memory with poly strings, and this is hardly a big deal.
     
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    It will last until nuclear oblivion or until you use it up. No worries.
     
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  6. laquenelle

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    I'm very serious. Increased coil memory for a long time will increase the risk of broken strings during elongation. I precise : when you compare a 2 months old reel and a 2 years old reel for example.
    The main problem is : when a customer receive a reel, how many months/years did he stay in manufacturer/shop warehouse ?
     
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  7. fgs

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    if you store those reels under normal conditions, that is not exposed either to excessive heat or cold and/or direct sunlight, any poly/multi/nylon will be just the same as when fresh. i'm currently using up a five year old reel of one of my favourite polys, the kirschbaum competition 1.20, and it plays just the same. i have two year old reels of mantis comfort synthetic, a nylon-multi, again - plays just the same. for my son i'm using mantis power poly, also two year old reels - plays just the same. no iussues neither in respect to playing characteristics nor to durability issues.
     
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  8. Chotobaka

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    Utter nonsense.
     
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    Under normal storage conditions I can't imagine it going bad.


    I didn't know natty gut came in reels. VS gut has sealed foil packs with 55% humidity inside, but the OP is talking about reels.

    Most of the reels I use when it get low the string is loosely coiled inside the reel and memory is not as big a concern as in sets. Elongation is not the issue caused by coil memory but rather kinking the string.

    Many reels of string aren't really sealed in a plastic bag so I can't see where it should make a difference. What am I missing here?
     
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  10. laquenelle

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    surely based on my forum status.
    However Chotobaka, you can place 4 posts in a forum and work since more than 15 years with the main european string factories.
    I don't throw words in the air believe me, but you also have the right not to be ok with it no problem :)
     
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  11. fgs

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    laquenelle,

    i have been a string breaker since my junior days and that is some 35+ years now and for this reason i have used reels for the most part of my stringing. i simply can't remember having had any troubles with the last 3 to 4 sets of any reel i have used in these 35+ years and there have been plenty of them. i currently use 5 reels per year for myself (2 mains and 3 crosses) and in my young days i was averaging anywhere between 12 to 15 per year. i never had any trouble no matter if it was syngut or later on multi and poly, and a rather large number of different suppliers over time.

    so, i assume that the manufacturers spotted a problem and obviously successfully solved it, at least with the reels they sent me over time. :)
     
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  12. Fuji

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    I've never seen any issues with reels. Especially poly, that stuff will literally survive any madness you can through it's way! I have a reel in my store from like 2002, and the string is still fine.

    -Fuji
     
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    Based on this assertion, length of time in storage and coil memory, you would have the same problem sets of string. They are in tighter coils and could stay that way potentially as long or longer.

    Short of it is, this is not a problem that I have ever experienced nor heard of with reels or sets. So I don't think your assertion is valid.
     
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  14. Chotobaka

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    That would be one bad-**** bovine.
     
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  15. Jerme

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    Thanks for the answers. I was asking this question because i've noticed that the last 3 strings from my last reel (Signum Pro Plasma Hextreme) felt softer than the ones before and also lost tension faster, so i thought it was because the reel was 1 year old already. hope i won't have this problem with my new string.
     
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  16. fgs

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    jerme,

    how long do you usually play with a set of strings? playing under different conditions in respect to temperature and humidity can quite considerably affect the way strings feel. humidity obviously does not affect the string in the case of polys but as the balls get heavier from soaking up some of the humidity the way the stringbed feels will change definitely.

    besides this there is also some variance in production, so that you can definitely, even under similar conditions, experience that some lengths of the reel play slightly different, but it has never occured to me that they play vastly different.
     
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  17. Jerme

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    FGS,
    i usually play between 15 to 20 hours with a set . I played in the same conditions but if felt like i would have strung it 2 kg lighter than what i usually string.
     
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