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rasajadad

Hall of Fame
I have an interesting hypothetical question that I was wondering if anyone has either had experience with OR cares to guess:

One of my customers has me string his Prince Graphite 125 with VS Team at 14 (yes, fourteen) pounds with a 1-piece job. When I was restringing his racquet last night I had an evil thought- If I undo the knots and "un-string" his racquet how will that used string play if I re-install it at a normal tension? (Note that the old job was in his frame for 5 months.)

I'm looking forward to trying it, but in the meantime any thoughts?
 
I've done it once, and no problem. My gf's Wilson Triad 3 with used BDE gut snapped at the grommet. Salvaged what I could and restrung my RDTi 70 with it. Still going strong after more than 12 hours on it. Just take good care un-stringing the racquet and avoid kinks.
 

saturn

Rookie
I have VS 15L in the mains and NXT in the crosses and the NXT snapped after 5 months. The gut looked fresh so I restrung with the crosses only with NXT and it feels almost the same. It feels a bit stiffer. Gut's awesome.
 

Zhou

Hall of Fame
I have VS 15L in the mains and NXT in the crosses and the NXT snapped after 5 months. The gut looked fresh so I restrung with the crosses only with NXT and it feels almost the same. It feels a bit stiffer. Gut's awesome.
Shouldn't do it though.

But as for the OPs situation... 14 lbs is like hand tensioning each cross. :shock: I say go for it because normally gut is strung 4 times tighter. Just be careful unstringing the racquet as well as watching for kinks. The gut may also be a little dry as far as restringing the crosses.
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
Shouldn't do it though.

But as for the OPs situation... 14 lbs is like hand tensioning each cross. :shock: I say go for it because normally gut is strung 4 times tighter. Just be careful unstringing the racquet as well as watching for kinks. The gut may also be a little dry as far as restringing the crosses.
Actually, the coating is still on it and the string is totally unfrayed. The string does have a "frame memory." (Where the string got bent through the frame and grommets.)

I hope it works as it takes me so bloody long to string it. Take off the Wise head, put on the lock-out. Recalibrate the lock-out (because this guy claims he can tell 14 from 15!) Then a full gut job....
 

JT_2eighty

Hall of Fame
I had read somewhere though that gut at low tensions is quite stiff. It becomes more elastic the more it stretches. Not saying that 14 lbs. is going to be playable for most people, but I wouldn't be surprised if it played a bit muted. Think about when you open a fresh pack of gut, the strings aren't exactly rubber-like but a bit stiff before you pre-stretch.

Either way, 14 pounds is pretty ridiculous still.
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
I have an interesting hypothetical question that I was wondering if anyone has either had experience with OR cares to guess:

One of my customers has me string his Prince Graphite 125 with VS Team at 14 (yes, fourteen) pounds with a 1-piece job. When I was restringing his racquet last night I had an evil thought- If I undo the knots and "un-string" his racquet how will that used string play if I re-install it at a normal tension? (Note that the old job was in his frame for 5 months.)

I'm looking forward to trying it, but in the meantime any thoughts?
It won't play exactly the same, as the used string's resiliency will be different (less) than new string. It will play slightly more harsh/stiff. However, it should be fine for some of your classic frames or woodies.

It's always good to recycle/re-use when possible.
 
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joe sch

Legend
Funny, thats what I thought as well, and that would be approx. 31lbs.
(30.86lbs.), and that at least sounds a little more realistic than 14lbs.
I guess everyone has preferences?
31 lbs tension is still crazy but playable.
14 would be almost a fishing net :)

Gut can be recycled, as can any string.
Hard un-knotting, even then, it will probably be too short so will need to make a patch.

Better inform customer
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
14 pounds IS crazy, (especially in a 125), but that's how he wants it.

As far as his style, he chokes up on the throat with his hand almost totally off the grip. Serves underhand. Also has the most diabolical drop shots I have ever played against.
 

samster

Hall of Fame
14 pounds IS crazy, (especially in a 125), but that's how he wants it.

As far as his style, he chokes up on the throat with his hand almost totally off the grip. Serves underhand. Also has the most diabolical drop shots I have ever played against.
Do you beat him in tennis?
 

fantom

Hall of Fame
14 pounds IS crazy, (especially in a 125), but that's how he wants it.

As far as his style, he chokes up on the throat with his hand almost totally off the grip. Serves underhand. Also has the most diabolical drop shots I have ever played against.
Is it possible that he speaks with a strong accent and asked for 40 lbs?
 

iplaybetter

Hall of Fame
I talked to changs old stringer and he said he would back unused sets out of his sticks and put them in is mids...
 
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