Stringing gauges.

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by lwto, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. lwto

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    Just curious, I"ve been thinking about this awhile and really haven't seen anything about it.

    I know hybriding mains and crosses are pretty popular, but, what about gauges?
    For instance.. say you use a 16 gauge poly main and put an 18 gauge cross. Does anyone or has anyone done that and if so, what are the results?
    Is there any reason why you wouldn't?

    It doesn't have to be poly either, could be a 16 gauge multi and the same multi at 18 gauge.

    The more I think about it, the concept seems to me to have more positives than negatives.

    Perhaps I should be posting this in the other forum section.. not sure.
     
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  3. osutennis24

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    lately I've been doing a 17G Poly in the mains with a 16G Multi in the crosses
     
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  4. Bugs

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    My son loves the 1.15 but we were going through 2 racquets in a match. To compromise we are now using 1.25 mains and 1.15 crosses. lasts a lot longer now and he is happy with the setup.
     
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  5. Irvin

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    1.15 mm crosses I don't like personally. The string tend to move around too much. And the comes to another advantage (to address the OP's question.) often a thicker gauge, or thinner poly can be used to get more bite. More often than not though the thinner string is the poly string.
     
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  6. bluegrass_stringer

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    I think the OP was talking about the same string, but in different gauges. Some people do this...just all about what you like. Try it out and see.
     
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  7. zapvor

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    its fun to experiement, but i find tension makes bigger difference to me
     
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  8. lwto

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    [​IMG]

    OK, I'm giving it a try, Gamma Dart16 on the mains and X1Biphase 18 on the crosses.
     
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  9. idono1301

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    Everytime I see a picture of these machines, I look back at my progression 200 and sigh haha.

    One day... :)
     
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  10. lwto

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    whats kind of strange about this picture is that, about 2 inches up from the 6 oclock position is a Gamma logo.. I can't find it anywhere on the machine, I can't figure out how that got there.

    haha!
    I did find it, it's a gamma dampner, from my last racquet I just strung up and she would be missing her dampner had I not taken this picture.
     
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  11. idono1301

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    That's great that you found it!

    I guess software can't account for that, huh? Just kidding haha
     
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  12. zapvor

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    good to see volkl being represetned
     
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  13. lwto

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    ha!
    I just got it, I normally use a blade 98, but I have read good things about this racquet so, I'm giving it a shot.
     
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  14. bluegrass_stringer

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    I don't think many people have a Sensor as a personal machine. Must be in a shop, or someone who does some serious tournament /business stringing. I knew a guy who bought a Bairdo just to string his racquets. Uses it maybe once every two months...but if he has the money, more power to them...
     
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  15. idono1301

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    Yeah, I'd be thrilled with a 6-pt machine with fixed clamps and CP like the DC plus.

    But a sensor or star 5? Man that'd be awesome
     
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  16. bluegrass_stringer

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    Star 5 you can find for good prices if you know the right people. Sensor and Bairdo is another league above. I have a Star 3, and a Bairdo at the shop. I actually prefer the Star 3 to the 5. It all depends on what you need. If you do any stringing for pros, you have to have an electronic CP machine.
     
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  17. idono1301

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    Interesting, what is considered a good price? Also, sorry for the many questions, but what differences are between the star 3 and star 5?

    I don't do much stringing now, but am thinking of picking it up more in a few years, when I have more free time.
     
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  18. bluegrass_stringer

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    The Star 3 is just two generations older than the 5. It is a fairly simple machine, with just an analog dial. I have spruced it up a bit though :) I prefer the clamps on the star 3 to the 5, and it is fairly easy to travel with. I know someone who has a star 5 for sale with a brand new turntable wanting $1800. So you can find one for under 2,000 in good shape if you know people.
     
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  19. lwto

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    No, as stated before, we purchased a couple from the LA area for around 1600.
    In fact several others here have also purchased them, they were on sale on Craigs list.

    I was looking for a stringer and has about 1200.00 to work with, but the deal was to good to pass up.
     
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  20. bluegrass_stringer

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    Yeah, that's a great deal if it was in good nick!
     
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  21. lwto

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    Haven't had an issue yet,,(knock on wood)
     
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  22. idono1301

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    Cool, thanks for the info bluegrass! This is sounding like a possible grad gift to myself if I ever finish :)
     
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  23. lwto

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    I tried the different gauges, I"m not sure if it's the racquet or not, but, way way too much top spin. Every brush up seemed to result in a netter. I normally use a blade 98 and with that, shots are a rocket that explode over the net and at some point then and only then does the topspin displace speed, dropping and skidding the ball on to the court.

    I have a can opener serve that with the blade, cuts the line, with the Volkl, I"m 5 feet wide.

    We know what has to be done right?
     
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  24. zapvor

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    can you send me a email? i am interested
     
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