Originally Posted by Irvin
I started on a Tremont too. rather than prevent the racket from cracking I think that bar was more to keep the racket from being deformed while stringing the mains. I still have my bar somewhere, I think.
You are correct--that's what the bar was for--it really was added for the Prince 110 aluminum frames popular in the mid- to late 70s. I had one back in the day--had it mounted on a tall stool to be an upright. Useful at the time, but don't really miss it. There was one real benefit though--it really made you learn to efficiently weave cross strings given the lack of space provided.