String Slippage - GAH!

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  1. sstchur

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    I have a Silent Partner Swing (you know, drop-weight, floating clamps; nothing earth-shattering).

    I've strung lots and lots of racquets, mostly using Forten Sweet, but I switch it up occasionally.

    Recently, I bought a single pack of Pro Supex Maxim Touch 17, and I was able to string it up no problem.

    Then, I bought a reel of it (along with a reel of Gosen OG Sheep Micro 16) and every time I've tried to use the MT since, it's been slipping like CRAZY!

    It slipped so many times tonight, that I finally just gave up trying to string the racquet. I had the clamps so tight, I was practically crushing the string and it was still slipping.

    Why didn't this happen the first time I strung with MT? I cleaned my clamps not too long ago with rubbing alcohol, as per SP's instructions.

    I can't imagine they need to be cleaned before every stringing?

    The only thing I can think of is the additional Gosen I've been stringing with. Could it possible have some sort of a coating on it or something that, when I'm done with the Gosen and I move to trying to string something with MT, the clamps are slipping due to some residue from the Gosen?

    That's a total guess on my part; I have no idea. I'm just grasping for ideas here, because I totally don't get it.

    Any help appreciated.
     
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  2. jmjmkim

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    I have the Klipper, and on some strings when it slips beyond control, I use two clamps. I don't want to overtighten the clamp, as it will peel and strip the layers of the strings. When I use two clamps, it holds. I only had to do this for the mains, and when I get to the cross, one clamps will always hold. It takes a little extra time, using two clamps though.
     
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  3. dancraig

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    Clean the clamps again. Sometimes cleaning is required after only a few frames, depending on the coatings on the strings used.
     
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  4. Valjean

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    Rather than continuing to tighten the clamps, wrap the string first with something else that holds it too.

    A folded business card used to be recommended.
     
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  5. rasajadad

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    For those of you that don't string PS Maxim Touch regularly, you need to know that the string's coating is quite oily. Whenever I string it (which is often) I clean the clamps right after. No matter what string you do next I can almost guarantee it will slip if you dont clean them off.
     
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  6. mikeler

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    Interesting. I've done about 10 straight jobs of Maxim Touch 17 with no slippage. Mine are probably due for a cleaning anyways though.
     
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  7. Standupnfall

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    I clean my clamps often but for this string I find the clamps need to be tight enough to leave some pretty serious marks for the first pull and I have not had any breakage or fraying at the clamped part on the string.

    Next time I may try the business card trick or just put my starting clamp behind the clamp.
     
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  8. MAX PLY

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    Either method should work--I ususally use the starting clamp method because I find it to be easier. I also keep my clamps and glide bars (I have a Neos) pretty clean. Good luck.
     
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  9. mikeler

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    I also use a starting clamp and apply pretty good clamp pressure to the string. You definitely notice the ghosting of the clamps on the string.
     
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  10. rasajadad

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    Maybe I got a greasy reel?
     
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  11. mikeler

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    What gauge did you get? I got mine off the big auction site since TW does not sell it. Mine never seems very slippery.
     
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