tbuggle I have never used a Stringway either but it appears to me you are leaving out an important point. The Stringway is an automatic drop weight and you are speaking of it as through all drop weights (including automatics) are hard to use.
When you're dead you don't know you're dead. It's the same way when you're stupid.
Balance - 31.0 cm, Weight - 358 g, SW - 346 Kgcm^2