strings are stretching in klippermate...

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Delano, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Delano

    Delano Rookie

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    not sure exactly where to post this... I'm experiencing a strange problem with the kilppermate. When I string the crosses (never the mains, though I use a synthetic gut in the crosses and a poly in the mains), the drop weight and grip will often reach balance, and then abruptly dip down. When I remove the string from the clamp, it has been flattened out and stretched (hard to explain, I hope you can visualize this...). It doesn't *appear* to affect the life of the string or playability, but it is making stringing a hassle. I don't think I'm bruising the string with overly tight clamps...

    has anyone experienced this with a drop weight? any idea what to do about it?thanks for any advice.
     
  2. bad_call

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    some strings stretch more than others. this is normal. if it drops below level then tension more string so that it settles to level.
     
  3. SOY78

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    Try to wrap around the string gripper twise then put it thru the jaws of the drop weight.
     
  4. JT_2eighty

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    Since it's only happening in your crosses, perhaps this is just the friction of pulling through mains that is delaying the pull from reaching correct tension, and then the abrupt dip you see is the string settling as a sort of delayed reaction from the first time your dropweight reached balance. Try it with a full poly since that is not an elastic string, then if it still does that during crosses, at least it is not the string's elasticity and/or friction to blame.

    I guess this isn't the best answer you were looking for, but it's hard to say and I'm no dropweight veteran either.
     
  5. bsandy

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    +1

    Consistency is the name of the game, not pefection.

    . . . Bud
     
  6. samster

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    normal findings. no big deal.
     
  7. 86golf

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    Note that synthetic gut strings actually STRETCH when pulling tension. Also, be sure you are straightening your crosses when you are pulling tension before you clamp.
     
  8. Icedorb217

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    Yah the string is just stretching is not a big deal completely natural
     
  9. dancraig

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    You need to clean your gripper. Use a hex wrench and remove the gripper. If you have never done this, get a good look at how it goes together before you take it down. Clean the gripping surface with alcohol and a rag. Reassemble and you will be good to go.
     
  10. masterxfob

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    this is exactly what i was thinking. if your strings are going from (let's just say) square to rectangular in shape, then your stringer is due for a cleaning. i've actually taken a file to the gripper to increase the "grip" and have not had any problems stringing even natural gut.
     

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