Anyone strung a wood racquet using a Prince Neos 1K?

beernutz

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My brother would like me to restring one of my dad's old Wilson Jimmy Connors wood racquets but I've never tried to string a woody using my Neos before. Can it be done and if so are there any tips or tricks to share such as the tension to use? TIA.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Can it be done? I'm sure it can be but there's a problem. When stringing the T2000 1 string is used to string all the mains, the top three crosses, and the bottom three crosses. You have to go from a main to a cross or cross to a main 12 times. I would not want to do that on a glide bar machine.
 

jim e

Legend
I strung many wooden racquets back in the 60's and early 70's using a glide bar machine, a Serrano machine, not a Neos, but a glide bar machine that's similar to the Neos as with the clamping.
You did say a wooden racquet, and not the metal T-2000 so here is the pattern for woodens.
You should be good to go.

General wooden pattern: Pattern: 18 × 20 or 21
Tension range: 45-60
Start mains @: H
Tie off mains @: 6T
Mains skip: 9T
Start crosses @: 7H
Last cross @: 7T
Tie off crosses @: 6H, 5T
Shared Holes: 7T, 8T, 10T & 7H, 8H, 10H may be others but will be similar depending on racquet.
Be sure to place leather pads under 1 main strings, as this kept the string going straighter into the opening. If you do not have these pads, then just cut an old leather belt, as you only need a small pad to placed one on each side on the 1st loop on outside frame on 1st main strings left and right.
Many wooden racquets share a common stringing method. Others can be strung with variations on this method, like the Tad skipping 9H as well as 9T, but you can see variations with these racquets by the grooves in the racquet.
If you want to string as one piece then, Zig-zag (5 hole) groove will accommodate short side.These grooves are not standardized, so you may need to pre string loosly with some to determine the proper short side.I always strung them as 2 piece, especially with gut, as Bow Brand back then came in 2- 17' pieces to one set of strings.
You would start crosses on opposite zig zag side for 2 piece.There is like a double width groove that the crosses start from, the starting knot on one end of the groove and start crosses on that other end of the double width groove , as that is a shared hole with the main strings, this is the 1st of a few shared holes, so the crosses start off of this double wide groove that accommodates 2 string loops on outside of frame.
If you use a starting knot, with a wooden racquet it does not need to be a bulky knot as any knot used will not pull through the wooden racquet hole like todays grommet racquets would.

Back in the day, there were very few patterns as most wooden racquets were very similar with a few variances along the way, then came the T2000's and then others.

Make sure you have enough beer to go with the beer nuts while stringing!
 
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onehandbh

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Not a NEOS, but I did string my Wilson Jack Kramer Prostaff wood racquet with a Stringway ML90. No problems. Used to flying clamps. A double and triple. Strung with synthgut and once last time with gut.
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
Good luck---should be a piece of cake on the Neos--Jim e gave you the right info. Honestly, even the T-series is not so bad, Irvin (there are much worse racquets to string--Blackburn, ProKennex Black Ace Micro, Bergelin Long String, for example)
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
The NEOS machine (Ektelon Model H) was out when all we played with was wood. It's not a problem to string wood on a NEOS. It's also not a problem to string a T2000 on a NEOS 1000. I've strung all 3 of mine a few times. Which makes me want to string one now on my 1500!
 

onehandbh

Legend
Good luck---should be a piece of cake on the Neos--Jim e gave you the right info. Honestly, even the T-series is not so bad, Irvin (there are much worse racquets to string--Blackburn, ProKennex Black Ace Micro, Bergelin Long String, for example)
The T2000 was by far the most difficult racquet I have ever strung. (thankfully, I only strung it once for a friend).

With most racquets I can kind of figure out how to string it as long as I know the string pattern. With the T2000, it was MUCH harder. I had to follow the diagram I found online.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Good luck---should be a piece of cake on the Neos--Jim e gave you the right info. Honestly, even the T-series is not so bad, Irvin (there are much worse racquets to string--Blackburn, ProKennex Black Ace Micro, Bergelin Long String, for example)
Each of your mentioned INFAMOUS frames require a whole lot more than the standard 33', 36' or 40' of string. I may have done the PK Micro a long time ago and had to use 2 packs of strings (1 for mains and 1 for crosses) and I think that made me say I would NEVER do them again. At least it was SG rather than a poly. :eek:
 

MAX PLY

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The T2000 was by far the most difficult racquet I have ever strung. (thankfully, I only strung it once for a friend).

With most racquets I can kind of figure out how to string it as long as I know the string pattern. With the T2000, it was MUCH harder. I had to follow the diagram I found online.
Ha, I guess I was "lucky" as I learned to string as a kid in the early 70s and my older brother was a T2000 user (we were both tourney players and even then broke strings (maybe Vantage in those days??) and conveniently never learned to string--I got lots of practice (also used to get a whole 2 bucks a frame from him/my folks. Actually strung one of his (now mine) old ones a short time ago--was a slight PITA but not horrible.
 

onehandbh

Legend
Ha, I guess I was "lucky" as I learned to string as a kid in the early 70s and my older brother was a T2000 user and conveniently never learned to string--I got lots of practice (also used to get a whole 2 bucks a frame from him/my folks. Actually strung one of his (now mine) old ones a short time ago--was a slight PITA but not horrible.
It took me over 2 hrs! Longer than it took me to string my wood racquet with gut.
 

MAX PLY

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^^^ I would guess my first couple T-2s were at least an hour (the more recent one still took about 35-40 minutes (twice what my normal sticks take) but I was using a soft multi (NXT, but a 15L) and was being very careful. Back then (and as now), gut was for rich guys (I worked at a shop where only two people used gut--the head pro who was nationally ranked in the 30s then and an "older" (younger than me now) bachelor who had the new version of everything). Victor Imperial gut--felt like a brain surgeon installing that stuff then.
 

dak95_00

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I'd rather string any T series racquet or wooden racquet before I string any more badminton or newer style racquetball racquet.

I've don't them on older Ektelon machines and the Prince P200. Both machines are very similar to the NEOS.
 
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