I noticed the other day that on a frame I received new and strung by TW ( a BLX Pro Tour with 18g kev/17g SPPP at 43/42 lbs), the outer mains had almost no tension when it arrived (I would guess less than 20 lbs). I assumed that this was evidence of a sloppy job. And sure enough, the stringbed softened up more than usual within the first hour of play. But then I compared the outer main tensions (just estimating by feel when I pull with my fingers) on all of my racquets (sample size of about 20). All of the frames had substantial play on them. And about half of them had been strung by me (I purchased a dropweight stringer a year ago), and the other half strung by stringing shops. What I noticed is that the stringbeds I strung myself seemed to have at least double the tension (on the outer mains) of the jobs strung "professionally." I've also noticed that I seem to have less issue with tension loss since I started stringing for myself. Now, I may be a rookie stringer, but I'm also very careful to do what I can to minimize tension loss to ensure a quality job on my racquets. I realized that I am routinely doing something that most stringers may not do (or have time to do): When I am tying off the final outer main, while leaving the drop weight horizontal, I go through and pull on every individual string, starting from opposite side. I pull on the next main with another finger before relieving the pressure on the current one. By the the time I progress all the way across the bed to the last string (which is directly pulled under tension from the dropweight), I have eliminated much of the friction slack (from accumulated loss of many clampings), and the dropweight will drop an extra 5 degrees in angle or so. There is something satisfying about seeing the drop weight go down that extra amount, akin to getting a big burp out of a baby. I then ratchet up the dropweight back to horizontal, and repeat the process, progressing again by pulling individual strings sequentially to eliminate the "friction slack." The second time, the dropweight will typically only drop about 2 degrees. And the third time, it might not drop noticeably at all. But after I tie off, I find that the mains are now all tight feeling (and sounding). And it seems to translate to longer lasting playability with less tension loss. It also means that the average stringbed tension is higher on my stringjobs than on the ones from the shop for the same reference tension. Does anyone else practice this technique - it seems so obvious that it makes sense to do that I can't be the first?