Well, I turn 40 this year and have played tennis most of my life, but I just strung my first racket yesterday. I had never really given it much thought. I don't break strings often, but whenever I do or when I just want fresh strings, I hate the "hassle" of taking it somewhere, then picking it up. Not to mention the cost - especially when I see how inexpensive the strings are here on TW. But I wouldn't have had the confidence to try it out without the incredibly helpful advice (and videos) from the folks here. So I ordered a Gamma X-2 last friday, received it on Saturday and strung my BLX Blade 98 yesterday. I didn't exactly time myself, but it took at least a few hours - I started over twice after having most of the mains done. But even after all that, I told my wife I wished one of my other rackets needed stringing so I could do it again (I'll probably replace the old strings on another racket for the practice). So, thanks for all the contributors on this forum.