And why? Everybody poor? I used to string at a tennis club back in the late 70s. Three of us stringers would do 30-40 racquets a day. After my 1000th racquet I began to hate every minute if it. We made almost no money on it, just a service for the patrons, and it kept us pro-shop boys busy during a rainy day. We had a Prince stand-up equiped with a foot pedal (which applied the tension), and sliding clamps. What a piece of steel. VS or Victory gut was 16 dollars for 32 feet and Victory blue and white spiral nylon was 6 dollars. Back then we all served and volleyed, so the gut would last a lot longer than that of today's rugrat two-handed backhand baseliners. Anyway, my present club just bought a Gamma Saturn, and I figured that I ought to learn how to use it. I'll post some thoughts as I go along. My advise to patrons was always: if you can't pay for gut, don't buy it. If you're breaking your synthetic strings all the time buy better quality synthetics. And don't lie to yourself - you think that you're a 5.5, but you're really 3.5. Buy the synthetic. Really. Need balls? Towel?