When stringing a full nat. gut job at a very high tension...

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  1. Ripper

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    ... from my observations, the probability of snapping a cross is higher than that of snapping a main. Why is this?

    Disclaimer: I know that this may sound like a dumb question to some of you, but remember that none of us were born knowing all this stuff.
     
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  2. yourserve

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    there are alot of variables that enter into this. i am by no means an expert.
    some of the reasons you break a cross more are that:
    if stringing a one piece alot more grommets to go thru
    alot more stress on the string as it gets further into string bed
    easier to kink a string and miss it when pulling thru holes by the mounts

    i'm sure there are more things to think about that i missed.
     
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    Thanks, but I'm refering to a two piece. I should have mentioned it.
     
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    only time i broke a string while stringing was a multi, and i kinked it
    behind one of the mounts and didn't catch it. i was pulling one of the last
    crosses in a two piece and i got careless and didn't check.
     
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  5. Gaines Hillix

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    A couple of thoughts on this; 1-kinking the string is the main cause of string breakage during stringing of nat gut. It's easier for a loop of string to form when installing the crosses and it may go unnoticed until the string is pulled tight. Then it's too late. 2-friction burn when pulling the crosses through can weaken the string. Take your time doing this and make sure you fan the strings while pulling them through. If you're using a lightly coated or uncoated string, use paraffin wax on the mains.
     
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