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  1. Brando

    Going from polyester to multifilament strings, how much tension to add?

    3 months later, I have to clarify something imprecise in my post of Aug 15. Stringing 16g OGSM synthetic gut only a pound tighter (@ #55-53) than 16 MultiFeel strings, the OGSM at first felt livelier than I thought they'd feel, but still felt more muted than the multifilament. What was...
  2. Brando

    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    Ah then, I misunderstood; you are a real fan of the 2015. Cool. And I couldn't agree more about the added pop of a 16x19; when I entered my 50s I made the switch from 18x20 and never looked back.
  3. Brando

    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    Copy that @n8dawg6 . From your 'back in blade' signature (which is hilarious, BTW), I figured you must be a 2015 Blade connoisseur. Anyway, am still interested in your impressions, and will add that I agree that strings are super essential. Too many of us are stick-obsessed when strings can...
  4. Brando

    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    Viewing your link, I see that you're right @emaz8724 . Thanks for the correction. Still, you're not correcting me but TWU: Click the Power Map button on TW's Wilson Blade 98 (16x19) v6 page. On the resulting Racket Power Potential page, choose the racket to compare as the "Wilson Blade 98...
  5. Brando

    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    Into the breech rode the one legend! Fact-checking the video review that claimed the re-issue's specs to be spot-on the original's, I find one significant difference courtesy of TWU's Power Potential Tool: the flex (RDC) of the new one is 67 vs. the original's 62. (Consequently, vibration...
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    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    I find it interesting that a racquet that's supposed to be a "re-issue" of the coveted Blade BLX of 2015-- complete with identical specs-- is getting at best an "it's-ok" from good players. It makes me wonder what beyond the specs is going on. Could it be about graphite composition or something?
  7. Brando

    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    So @pico , how'd it go? Since you haven't checked back in, am guessing you weren't so pleased?
  8. Brando

    String and tension for Tecnifibre Tfight 305 XTC

    I happen to play with the slightly lighter Tfight 300 XTC, but I think my intel might still be useful. A fairly fast swinging 3.5 player, I started out stringing the stick with Technifibre Multifeel 16g naturals at 55 lbs. This felt too lively so I switched from multifilament to a far stiffer...
  9. Brando

    Going from polyester to multifilament strings, how much tension to add?

    @fuzz nation , I said I'd report back about how went my switch from Multifeel strings at 55 lbs. to stringing OGSM naturals 3-5 lbs. looser in a Technifibre Tfight 300 XTC. But first I have to confess that I strung the Sheep Micros only a pound looser because I wanted to feel the difference...
  10. Brando

    What happened to my buttery Kirschbaum synthetic gut?

    Good to know, @fuzz nation . Am tempted to get a reel since one can be found under $40. First, tho, I have to play-test a Volkl Classic Syn Gut set I bought after research on TWU's String Performance Database. Am curious, how did YOU discover Volkl SG? I ask because its elasticity, in terms of...
  11. Brando

    Strings, gauge & tension loss

    I've found an answer to my own question. Great string elasticity data is actually available at TWU via the String Performance Database. The tool takes a little time to master and interpret. But if you choose the Search Criteria of 'Stiffness', 'Actual Tension', 'Impact Tension Change', 'Peak...
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    What happened to my buttery Kirschbaum synthetic gut?

    Great question. I was wondering the same since it seems regular Kirschbaum syn gut is still fairly widely available in 16 while the premium not. @fuzz nation , you're a big K-baum fan--- you have a take on if there's much of a difference?
  13. Brando

    Textreme Tour 100 (310) vs Pure Strike 100 Gen 3

    Yes, you've got it. Having demoed the TT100 (310) vs. the PS 98, I can tell you they feel quite different on balance [7HL vs. 4HL] despite their swing weights being so close at 322 vs. 327. I much preferred the PS, the TT100 feeling too whippy. Sounds like it's time to demo them for yourself...
  14. Brando

    Please help me name this string !

    If you're right about the red being syn gut--and I bet you are--it adds another rub. Another legend, I think it was fortune8son, once pointed out that nylon that's rested for a time can stiffen up even as the tension of the stringbed has degraded. This makes it practically impossible for a...
  15. Brando

    Strings, gauge & tension loss

    String it, brother! All that you said is genuinely useful for any searcher. Nice. This TT forum offers a treasure trove of info (and sometimes disinfo) that mostly enlightens but always entertains given the character of the stringaholic willing to go down the rabbit-hole of string physics. Don't...
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    Strings, gauge & tension loss

    I know this is a 9-year old post but in case someone else reads this for research, as I am, @newyorkstadium is not entirely correct about thicker gauges losing more tension after stringing. Check out TWU's String Compare tool and you'll find plenty of popular strings, like Technifibre's...
  17. Brando

    Textreme Tour 100 (310) vs Pure Strike 100 Gen 3

    Differences in headlightness have less to do with power than feel. That is, power is influenced by other characteristics too, like beam width and stiffness, and string stiffness & tension, etc. A racquet's balance is about something else: your perceived connection with the tool during swing and...
  18. Brando

    Please help me name this string !

    @Jbob19292 , it's been 3 months since you posted your mystery and no one seems to have come up with a viable answer. Crud! I had planned to suggest it looks like Dunlop Synthetic S-Gut reds until I just noticed you already ruled that out. Sorry. Booby prize: You didn't ask about the mains but...
  19. Brando

    General Question on Stiffness.

    @esgee48 is surely right about there being no simple formula to calculate dynamic tension. But may I suggest that there is a way to figure out how to achieve a targeted DT across different frames using the Stringway Tension Advisor tool? http://www.stringway-nl.com/en/TAonline/calc.php If you...
  20. Brando

    How to understand tension loss?

    Thanks, guys, and respect. Yes, it makes sense that elasticity'd have more of do with the rate of tension loss than stiffness. I had a vision of stiffer strings having more stored energy leftover after stringing so as to last longer. Even if that may be true up to a point, material and...
  21. Brando

    How to understand tension loss?

    I dig your clarification, @Arak , that the TWU Tension Loss stat is over the life of the string; they don't specify this, and I was wondering. If so, then let's take two strings that have the same tension loss of, say 21%: string A (a multi) is 155 lbs./in. stiff and string B (a syn gut) is 185...
  22. Brando

    Cross tension less than main ....

    Here's one for ye ol' string wizards: @AceyMan recently tipped me to the Stringway Tension Advisor, which advised a 58M/54X setup of S2 stings. One question: does a progressive setup feel like the mid-value between, such that 58/54 feels like a standard 56# setup? Or does the increased power of...
  23. Brando

    Syn gut tension

    This recommendation to use the Stringway Racket Advisor tool is as good in 2021 as it was in 2012 but the link has changed to: http://www.stringway-nl.com/en/TAonline/calc.php There are other ways to link to the tool but this is the only one I know that'll give results in lbs. as well as kg...
  24. Brando

    I need help from u guys

    I think you may be on the right track with the CX 200 Tour simply because its swingweight, balance, and stiffness are near identical to the Pro Staff 97's. The only thing? The slightly lighter weight, swingweight, thinner beam, and especially the smaller (95) hoop and tighter string pattern...
  25. Brando

    Tension Loss vs. Reference Tension?

    Au contraire, @Humbi_HTX , that's abso on-point. The great @esgee48 recently introduced me to the difference btw CP and LO stringing, and you just filled in the blanks. I'd had no idea that there were these two (and more?) totally different ways of stringing. I now get the scuttbutt that most...
  26. Brando

    Going from polyester to multifilament strings, how much tension to add?

    @fuzz nation , the saying goes, 'Don't ask an expert if yer not gonna listen.' So I'll take that nickel bet, string up the OGSM naturals 4 lbs. looser than my MulitFeel setup, and report back in the Spring. Maybe not so coincidentally, @AceyMan 's reference to the Stringway online tension...
  27. Brando

    Going from polyester to multifilament strings, how much tension to add?

    OK, count me guilty of inferring apples from oranges. But I'm not sad I did it because your answer's too fascinating, that hypothesis in particular. What you're saying, if I have it right, is that the darker the dye the larger its molecular structures (the ‘tell’ being that it absorbs more...
  28. Brando

    Going from polyester to multifilament strings, how much tension to add?

    That temperature intel is gold. Thanks again @fuzz nation -- for all of it! Who knew? Triangulating your intel with @travlerajm 's, if I try pairing 16&17g OGSMs then I'd start with 16g mains @ 55# and 17g crosses @ 50# (i.e. 10% looser to account for its being 10% thinner). Of course I'll...
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