StringMeter Vs Calibrator

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by c_hari_c, May 4, 2014.

  1. c_hari_c

    c_hari_c Semi-Pro

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    I have a Gamma 5003 6 point stringing machine. I have calibrated it correctly to my knowledge. I used the calibrator where you put it on the machine and pull tension to verify. It pulls exactly what I have set on the machine. However, after stringing the racket, I measure the tension on the racket using the stringMeter(round dial instrument) and it reads 7 or 8 pounds tighter than what I strung at. I even set the stringmeter at the correct string gauge. Has anyone experienced this?
     
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  2. bluegrass_stringer

    bluegrass_stringer Semi-Pro

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    The stringmeter will not give you the exact reference tension that you used on the machine. It is very hard for any device to tell you what the reference tension was. But they can measure dynamic tension, stringbed stiffness, etc. If machines is calibrated, you are fine.
     
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  3. diredesire

    diredesire Super Moderator

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    Trust the calibrator. It is designed to measure your reference. The Stringmeter is not designed to give accurate tension measurements. It is used to track relative tension loss over the life of the stringbed. It is a relatively inaccurate tool, but should have the repeatability necessary to track relative tension loss.
     
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  4. c_hari_c

    c_hari_c Semi-Pro

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    This helps me a lot. I will go with what the Calibrator says. Thanks for the guidance.
     
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