Anyone ever use very old strings?

swizzy

Hall of Fame
Just bought some kevlar strings..no idea exactly the manufacture date.. probable the 80's i'm guessing by the look of the boxes they came in.. My thinking on this purchase was pretty simple.. the price was extremely cheap..$1.50 for 40 feet, and kevlar seems indestructible. They are Toa strings from Japan and were still sealed in plastic in their boxes.. 10 sets enough to 20 string jobs. I have one of my ps90's that is getting close..should be able ready to string in the next few days. I string my mains at 44 lbs. Any suggestions or experience, or thoughts.
 

Zodd

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Just bought some kevlar strings..no idea exactly the manufacture date.. probable the 80's i'm guessing by the look of the boxes they came in.. My thinking on this purchase was pretty simple.. the price was extremely cheap..$1.50 for 40 feet, and kevlar seems indestructible. They are Toa strings from Japan and were still sealed in plastic in their boxes.. 10 sets enough to 20 string jobs. I have one of my ps90's that is getting close..should be able ready to string in the next few days. I string my mains at 44 lbs. Any suggestions or experience, or thoughts.
Hi swizzy, I've never used kevlar strings but for many years played toalson strings almost exclusively and have always found them to be of very high quality and consistency. Do you have any additional info on the box? I'd love to see some pics of them if possible
 

swizzy

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I will try to add a photo.. something i have been meaning to try on this site for a while.. until then... TOA STRINGS Leoina Kevlar racket strings Leonia Kevlar is 7 times stronger than steel wire. 8 kevlar fibers gives even Top Spin and hard hitting players the durability of a real quality string. 16 guage 40 ft. Minimal info really. that's it, in both Japanese and English
 

swizzy

Hall of Fame
Hi swizzy, I've never used kevlar strings but for many years played toalson strings almost exclusively and have always found them to be of very high quality and consistency. Do you have any additional info on the box? I'd love to see some pics of them if possible
the box is almost too boring to photograph.. blue and silver with the To a strings logo
 

Zodd

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I will try to add a photo.. something i have been meaning to try on this site for a while.. until then... TOA STRINGS Leoina Kevlar racket strings Leonia Kevlar is 7 times stronger than steel wire. 8 kevlar fibers gives even Top Spin and hard hitting players the durability of a real quality string. 16 guage 40 ft. Minimal info really. that's it, in both Japanese and English
irc Leoina have always been very comfortable strings with great feel and good power so it's interesting how these will feel combined with kevlar. Reg tension you're already fairly low att 44 so why not try it at that? Then you'll have a direct comparison as well. What string you usually play?

I'm sure there are tons of people here w exp from kevlar strings but one I know uses it and plays with a beast of a racquet is @Shroud - care to chime in w your kevlar experience?

the box is almost too boring to photograph.. blue and silver with the To a strings logo
ok, how does the string itself look? Pls post pics anyway if you can
 

swizzy

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irc Leoina have always been very comfortable strings with great feel and good power so it's interesting how these will feel combined with kevlar. Reg tension you're already fairly low att 44 so why not try it at that? Then you'll have a direct comparison as well. What string you usually play?

I'm sure there are tons of people here w exp from kevlar strings but one I know uses it and plays with a beast of a racquet is @Shroud - care to chime in w your kevlar experience?



ok, how does the string itself look? Pls post pics anyway if you can

pictures will be up when my camera battery charges... the boxes and the string itself look perfect.. would buy them in a store and not think twice they were old.. the tape that closes the box looks like it has been around for sometime... also i am pretty sure Toa changed it's name at some point..and these seem to be from that earlier era. I have been using ashaway kevlar 17 guage for a few years now... is should have put kevlar in the title of this..that would get shroud typing.
 

swizzy

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i had it backwards.. Toa Strings..was Toa Gossen.. and changed the name in 1983. Still doesn't necessarily make these any younger than i thought.
 

Zodd

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i had it backwards.. Toa Strings..was Toa Gossen.. and changed the name in 1983. Still doesn't necessarily make these any younger than i thought.
Yeah - see link below. The toa / toalson company has been around for quite some time and apparently changed the name to TOA GOSEN CO. LTD in -56 and then to toa strings somewhere in the mid 80's,

http://www.toalson.co.jp/ENGLISH/history_b1.html

I have been using ashaway kevlar 17 guage for a few years now... is should have put kevlar in the title of this..that would get shroud typing.
Ok, didn't catch that you had used kevlar before, then i's say def go with the same tension for sake of comparison.
 

CopolyX

Hall of Fame
never...here....like my food I prefer fresh....I keep them sealed ....one year is my max....then they are gone...unusually a donation to the local usta
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Kevlar is known for its longevity. probably still play decent. nothing spectacular, just good workman like string
 

jim e

Legend
It is more the way the strings were kept, rather than age in my opinion.
I still have 3 reels of string that's over 40 years old and every so often an old timer will have me use that string for him. Still works.
Synthetic strings do hold up , as long as they were kept in a good environment while being stored. I had someone bring me some strings to use for his racquet, and they were kept in his trunk for years by the look of them and they were not very pliable, so I refused to use them.
I hit with my old wooden racquet a couple weeks ago, and that racquet a Tad Davis I strung with Bow Brand gut back in 1971 and the strings are still very playable.
 

swizzy

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It is more the way the strings were kept, rather than age in my opinion.
I still have 3 reels of string that's over 40 years old and every so often an old timer will have me use that string for him. Still works.
Synthetic strings do hold up , as long as they were kept in a good environment while being stored. I had someone bring me some strings to use for his racquet, and they were kept in his trunk for years by the look of them and they were not very pliable, so I refused to use them.
I hit with my old wooden racquet a couple weeks ago, and that racquet a Tad Davis I strung with Bow Brand gut back in 1971 and the strings are still very playable.
this is pretty much spot on.. i have a few old wooden racquets which have the original..if not original, certainly period strings in them.. and they have been under tension for decades.. i played yesterday and broke the kevlar in my current frame.. so i will string one of these Toa strings today... might get out this afternoon with it.. certainly monday.
 

swizzy

Hall of Fame
strung with zero issues.. playing in 2hours.. they are smoother than ashaway.. other than that very typical in my macine.
 

Aloysius

New User
Just a question about old strings... does synthetic gut ever "die" when in a racquet stored away for years?

I always hear that poly dies eventually whether you use it or not. Not sure about syn gut.
 
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