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Orange614 12-16-2012 08:13 PM

I think I'm going to string my Mad Raq
 
I was recently got my hands on one of the old Mad Raqs and ever since I got it (and saw that the previous owner had patched it many times as there are about 20 knots) I have been excited to string it. If you are curious as to what the Mad Raq is there are many good threads on TT and links to pictures on the flickr below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9114980...in/photostream

I am wondering about how long this may take me to string. As you can in the 'newer' flickr pictures I do have the diagram and string pattern. I was able to find those in an old '94 Stringers Digest (Mad Raqs were not included in '97 edition). I think I am a pretty quick stringer? I just strung a PS85 16 x 18 in 20 minutes while watching TV (Strings Cut and Racket Clamped to Off the Stringer). I prefer to use NEOs but used a Prince 5000 for the PS85 because that's what I'll have to do the Mad Raq on.

If any one has any experience stringing Mad Raqs I would be curios to know how much longer it might take. And, any tips would be appreciated! I do not have the wedge they mention in the Stringers Digest so that may be my first challenge. Another challenge I am anticipating is stringing both diagonals simultaneously (both clamps can't be on the same side) so when both clamps should be on the same side I will clamp in the middle as far over as possible and use one of the double clamps to hold tension near the sides.

Irvin 12-17-2012 04:17 AM

I have never strung one but I would not think you would even want to try this with NEOS glide bar clamps.

Orange614 12-17-2012 08:58 AM

Definitely. That is why I'm using the Prince 5000. I wish I could use the trusty NEOS!

Irvin 12-17-2012 10:09 AM

Except for all the @&$)(;: knots I would think the racket is more than likely strung correctly. But if you are a fan of vibration dampeners I am not sure what would be considered outside the stringing pattern. If it were me and my racket I would consider leaving out at least the 6 outside strings the are really close to the frame and maybe even a few more.

Orange614 04-01-2013 08:35 PM

Strung
 
Strung my MadRaq a couple days ago. It took me 1 hour and 11 minutes. I had to look up directions a couple times and it was hard to finish because I couldn't clamp the strings with the diagonal crosses. I recorded the whole thing so once I figure out how to make a time-lapse video I'll post the link here. Hopefully it comes out well.

beernutz 04-02-2013 01:57 AM

I count 16 mains and 40 crosses so I assume a 40' package would not be enough. How much string did it take to finish it?

Is that racquet legal to play with?

Orange614 04-14-2013 07:45 PM

The racket is legal to play with. It is actually a 16 x 20 x 20 3-pieces required. Here is the video of me stringing the whole thing 1 hour 11 minutes (sped up to take 2 minutes). When I string it again I'll do it in under an hour. I had to check the pattern on my ipad a couple times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqkIM...ature=youtu.be

spinovic 04-16-2013 06:57 AM

Interesting.

Irvin 04-16-2013 08:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Orange614 (Post 7344040)
The racket is legal to play with. It is actually a 16 x 20 x 20 3-pieces required. Here is the video of me stringing the whole thing 1 hour 11 minutes (sped up to take 2 minutes). When I string it again I'll do it in under an hour. I had to check the pattern on my ipad a couple times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqkIM...ature=youtu.be

It is hard to tell but did you weave the crosses through the mains?

Orange614 04-16-2013 06:12 PM

Yes. The racket is designed so that every time a cross string travels between 2 main strings it intersects another cross string. Because you must weave every string (under over under over etc.) the right cross strings (started on the right side) are always over mains and the left cross strings (started on the left side) are always under the main strings. This also meant a ton of extra weaving.

Irvin 04-16-2013 06:17 PM

Then the answer is no, but otherwise you are correct. Kind of hard to fan the crosses as you pull them through isn't it?


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