Could you tell me if this would be an improvement on tensioning my crosses?

Muppet

Legend
If I were to release my previous fixed clamp right after I pull tension and leave it sitting open, then move the next clamp to the tensioned string per usual, would this give me a tighter, more consistent string bed? My clamp bases are not great, there is some travel after removing the tension. I figure I will have to go down 1 or 2 lbs. on my crosses if I do it this way. Any advice?
 
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If I were to release my previous fixed clamp right after I pull tension and leave it sitting open, then move the next clamp to the tensioned string per usual, would this give me a tighter, more consistent string bed? My clamp bases are not great, there is some travel after removing the tension. I figure I will have to go up 1 or 2 lbs. on my crosses if I do it this way. Any advice?
Don't have answer for you. If you care enough, then pick up an inexpensive StringMeter and measure your strings. I do 16+19 all the time. You will then know how "consistent" your tension is from one string to another.
One person's consistence maybe even across the main or cross. Some designate a few lb more at the top and bottom 2 crosses. Without a standard most ppls idea about consistency is ... very subjective.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
If I were to release my previous fixed clamp right after I pull tension and leave it sitting open, then move the next clamp to the tensioned string per usual, would this give me a tighter, more consistent string bed? My clamp bases are not great, there is some travel after removing the tension. I figure I will have to go up 1 or 2 lbs. on my crosses if I do it this way. Any advice?
sounds to me like its time to a do a major cleaning on your clamp/base, to stop the "clamp travel"??!!
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
If I were to release my previous fixed clamp right after I pull tension and leave it sitting open, then move the next clamp to the tensioned string per usual, would this give me a tighter, more consistent string bed? My clamp bases are not great, there is some travel after removing the tension. I figure I will have to go down 1 or 2 lbs. on my crosses if I do it this way. Any advice?
I don’t think so. Two clamps will hold better than 1. It sounds like you’re just walking 1 clamp hold your crosses at a time, and if you don’t have a CP machine it is even worse.
 

Muppet

Legend
@Irvin
I can see how keeping both clamps closed on their strings is good for backup if there is a mishap. Where I was hoping to gain tension and get more consistent tension across the bed is by taking the trailing clamp's crooked string out of the equation.
 
Honestly everyone is speculating or guessing since no data is available, m 0e included. I typically leave the first clamp alone, ie. clamped, as I tension and move 2nd clamp to clamp the the next cross. If I release the first clamp, that is one extra movement. Each clamp is touched twice, released then back to clamp. If I keep it there, I would release-move-clamp in one move. And I believe the frame moves more without the first clamp holding the frame. Not sure how that affect the result.
Since I check the string bed w SM after to verify, I am satisfied with the routine. Plus often lower cross tension is desirable anyway.
Once more, I suggest everyone to use some kind of device to check their string job. You will be able to answer some of your own questions. But then what is life without some gossips.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I don’t think so. Two clamps will hold better than 1. It sounds like you’re just walking 1 clamp hold your crosses at a time.
@Irvin
I can see how keeping both clamps closed on their strings is good for backup if there is a mishap. Where I was hoping to gain tension and get more consistent tension across the bed is by taking the trailing clamp's crooked string out of the equation.
if you only have 1 clamp holding the cross, you will have a greater tension on one side of the 1 clamp when the tensioner is removed giving you greater drawback and losing more tension on the string 2 crosses up.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Honestly everyone is speculating or guessing since no data is available
It is much easier to see if you’re stringing with flying clamps. When you pull tension if you only use 1 clamp and move it side to side the DW arm will drop when you move the clamp. Use 2 clamps and I don’t think that will happen.
 

Muppet

Legend
if you only have 1 clamp holding the cross, you will have a greater tension on one side of the 1 clamp when the tensioner is removed giving you greater drawback and losing more tension on the string 2 crosses up.
I don't know about that. Is it better to release tension from the trailing clamp per usual, or is it better to pull that tension out of the string before the other clamp becomes an obstacle to the tension's natural distribution along the string (with the usual nudging of the string prior to clamping)? I'm going to have to string my 2 MuscleWeaves one each way to see what happens. - On a WISE.
 
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