Minimum requirements to be a commercial stringer?

USMC-615

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We’ve been empty nesters for about 3 years now. Just bought lake front property on Lake Keowee last month. Building our retirement home in about 4 years. Counting down the days…
That is awesome! I was just at Lake Lanier for a conference.

We are actually mid western ers so our plan is a lake cottage up here with a great book, a knit blanket, and a fire during the winter. I might have a Scotch as well.

We miss our kid a great deal as he is off with college and tennis but it is great watching him spread his wings.
I’ve fished Lanier and Keowee…Lanier a heap more. We used to wear the stripers and crappie out at Lanier many years ago. I bought my camper many years ago from a fella who lives at Lanier.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
I’ve fished Lanier and Keowee…Lanier a heap more. We used to wear the stripers and crappie out at Lanier many years ago. I bought my camper many years ago from a fella who lives at Lanier.
It was fun! I started a new job with a firm out of Atlanta and they held their yearly conference there. The resort we stayed at was pretty cool and the golf course near it looked fantastic although we didn't play.

It was the first time I was in Atlanta other than the airport. Man the traffic is not great!
 

USMC-615

Semi-Pro
Dunno, but a '72 2002Tii resto should qualify you. 'Did me.

I'm doubting Swervin' could change a headlamp, yet the spew is here 30-40 times/day.
I dated a gal back in HS who had an orange Tii…was a ‘72 or ‘73 I believe if memory serves. Was a good running little Beemer.
 
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McLovin

Legend
I’ve fished Lanier and Keowee…Lanier a heap more. We used to wear the stripers and crappie out at Lanier many years ago. I bought my camper many years ago from a fella who lives at Lanier.
I’m more into the water sports side of things (water skiing/wakeboarding/wakeskating), but will likely take up fishing once we’re there full time. I kinda like the idea of going out in the morning to catch the day’s dinner.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
I’m more into the water sports side of things (water skiing/wakeboarding/wakeskating), but will likely take up fishing once we’re there full time. I kinda like the idea of going out in the morning to catch the day’s dinner.
Come on up this way and try Great Lakes water sports!
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
We have exactly ONE "MRT" in my town. He's a good stringer, but he's no better than I am.

He does, however, approach it as a business.......has a TF account, Fromouth, among others, etc.

Dude works a fulltime job then comes home and strings rackets all nite.

He's weird, clearly no social life etc (not that it matters).

MRT doesn't mean anything, unless it means something to you. What matters is quality of work.
Luckily our local MRT is actually good at his craft.
In my case there’s now 3 MRT’s (that I know about) in the area. All of them are accomplished stringers and good guys alike. I do have some doubt any of them are significantly more capable than I am servicing a tennis racquet. But I could see how it might look that way on paper.

Regardless, by my estimation it’s good for the community that we have a number of talented and experienced stringers to keep everyone’s racquets in good working order. And as it seems, there’s enough work to go around.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
I have close friends who have a summer home on Conesus lake, right on the water. Spent a lot of time there during my teens and early 20’s. Beautiful place to be, and many good memories.

It really is a beautiful region to live in…until winter sets in. Well, unless you’re an avid winter sport/activity kind of person. (I am not).
 

struggle

Legend
I dated a gal back in HS who had an orange Tii…was a ‘72 or ‘73 I believe if memory serves. Was a good running little Beemer.
badazz chick, i'd say.

BTW, the color was called "Colorado Orange".

(I had a '76 2002 with a two barrell Weber carb. It was quick. The Tii was twin fuel injected. It was fast for such a sedan, VERY fast for it's time).
 
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McLovin

Legend
I am on Owasco Lake.
It is one lake east of Cayuga Lake.

Nice photo! I'm guessing that was taken back in June? :)

Seriously, I remember back in college, playing a match in late April/early May...and it started snowing. Could barely see the ball on the service toss.

A good snowstorm is something I miss living in VA. We'll get one every 4-5 years, but even the big ones, where we get 2-3 ft, it's melted away within a week.

On a side note...I like how this thread has gone from 'requirements to be a stringer' to conversations about retirement homes, lakes, and old BMWs...
 

McLovin

Legend
It really is a beautiful region to live in…until winter sets in. Well, unless you’re an avid winter sport/activity kind of person. (I am not).
As a kid I was a huge winter sports person. Played hockey growing up, skied regularly at Bristol, with an annual family trip to Whiteface or Killington, and got into cross-country skiing during college. And while I do miss some of it...damn it can get cold up there.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
My two cents….

1) If you are that worried, do it yourself. You will likely never be happy.
2) If you want to test or challenge a new stringer, give them an old wood racquet or a Wilson T2000. If they are any good or have taken any real interest in being good, they will figure it out and do a decent job. If they say, “No way”, just figure they are only a hobbyist who dabbles in stringing. They likely do not know where to find resources and do not study up on any real techniques.
3) If 2 doesn’t seem feasible, take them a racquet and ask them to replace the grommets. The same reaction could be found.

It’s been my experience that 99.9% of tennis players don’t care as long as they have strings. The people reading this thread make up 0.05%. The other 0.05% will be also on these boards.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
We're special and have OCD. :happydevil: My non-frivolous answer is if you are alive and have the inclination, you can learn to string. Whether you can get good enough to be a commercial stringer is unknown as I have seen some very bad commercial stringers. This is why I string my own cuz after seeing them, I said to myself, I can do better.
 
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esm

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We're special and have OCD. :happydevil: My non-frivolous answer is if you are alive and have the inclination, you can learn to string. Whether you can get good enough to be a commercial stringer is unknown as I have seen some very bad commercial stringers. This is why I string my own cuz after seeing them, I said to myself, I can do better.
yep, yep. i have some sort of an OCD and my wife always calls me "special"..... lol
 
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