What kind of strings and tension for PC600

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  1. pshulam

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    I wonder what kind of strings and tension do you use for your Head Prestige Classic 600?

    I have two classics: one (PC600 - designed in Austria) strung with Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17 at low 50s while the other strung with some cheap synthetic at low 50s also. The one (Prestige Classic - made in Austria) with cheap synthetic seems more crisp and responsive. Does this make sense? It's possible that the Prestige Classic (1996) is stiffer than the PC600 sold by TW in 2006 time frame.
     
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  2. retrowagen

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    I like Wilson NXT 16 in mine, at 62 lbs.
     
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  3. jayserinos99

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    In my PC600, I have Babolat VS 17 Mains, Isospeed Pro 17 Crosses at 48/53.
     
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    That is an excellent mix.
    Do you add any lead ?
    How long do these setups last for you ?
     
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  5. matchmaker

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    PC 600 can be used with many strings.

    I would think Nat Gut would be nice on them, but some polys actually perform quite well on it too.

    For tension I would recommend 55 lbs. Also a 17g would be a good idea.
     
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    ^matchmaker,

    Have you missed your PC600s?

    It seems that a PC600, like an AG100, plays well with most strings at low-mid 50s.
     
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  7. jayserinos99

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    I'm not a big string breaker so they last (for me) a very long time. I don't add any lead to my frames unless they're really light and the PC600s are plenty heavy enough to go with stock.
     
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    Well, I traded them with Jayserinos99, so I am sure they are in good hands:).

    They are very good racquets. Great for serving and good plow thru and feel.

    I miss them, but if I had kept them I would only have used them very rarely and I don't like to keep racquets just as collectibles. They are also quite expensive, so it is not the easiest racquet to have as a main stick if you want to stock up.

    But of all the racquets I have tried since I became a member of TT and got the racquet virus, the PC600 and the T10VE mid are the ones that had something special, and to a lesser degree the C10pro.

    I am back to my vintage Wilson mids now, and have some K90's in stock.

    My tennis life is finally a little easier in that I don't feel any need to change frames anymore and I can concentrate on actually improving with the material I have.
     
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    Great! That's a great situation to be in. I plan to do the same.
     
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  10. matchmaker

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    Hi pshulam,

    To respond to your first post, I do believe there are slight differences between the iterations of the PC600.

    I have only played with a few models, but yes, the later versions (designed in Austria) seem more flexible than the earlier ones (made in Austria).

    That is one of the problems with the PC600, it is very difficult to find a pair that really plays 100% alike.

    Another problem is that they are very prone to warping, so you have to be extra careful when stringing. Always string the crosses from top to bottom.

    Merry Christmas:)
     
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    Matchmaker,
    Thanks for the tips about stringing.

    Merry Christmas to you also.

    Pshulam
     
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  12. roundiesee

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    Agreed; I actually had mine with Cyberblue and a synthetic as hybrid for a while at 58 pounds; played really well but my arm hurt quite a bit. I think a soft poly (if there is such a thing) and a synthetic as hybrid at about 56 pounds would be just about right.
     
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  14. matchmaker

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    There are soft polys out there. I played with Polylon SP, which has a stiffness rating of about 215, that is very close to a syn gut. Head sonic pro is even softer at 209. These polys go very well with the PC600 in a hybrid with a nice syn gut or multi. I used Forten sweet crosses and it was really nice. The problem is that the racquet plays well when freshly strung, but the polys will lose tension fast and then the response from the stringbed decreases a lot.
     
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    Thanks matchmaker, I'll give it a go it my next stringing, though my arm will probably never forgive me.........
     
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