Toughest Racket You String?

esm

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I quite like the CAP, no issues with it (as long as the tips are not blunt…).

I like the “click” sound it makes when pulling the tension.

I read the latest 360+ CAP does not make the sound anymore…
 

MAX PLY

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Among modern frames . . . none. They are all pretty straightforward (O-ports are annoying but not difficult; sharp tip solves CAP grommets). Historically, the clear winner would be the MacGregor Bergelin Longstring. Runners up include the Seamco KR, Kennex Micro and the Head String-Lock Edge. Wilson T-series would normally be included but my brother played with them for years and I was the family stringer. Never strung a Blackburn (but I guess some efficient sewing and a floating clamp (on a glide bar machine) solves the issues) or a PowerAngle (again, floating clamps solve it on a glide bar machine).
 
I haven't strung a wide variety of racquets, so this is more of a general statement. One guy I strung for had like an older 120" oversized racquet with a ridiculously thick beam. I want to say it was a Wilson, but can't remember 100%. Anyway, it barely fit on my machine, cause my towers only go so far, it's a lot of string to string, and I swore the frame was going to snap when stringing cause it was like 7.5oz. (I have a 6 point machine). You could feel the thing flexing while stringing it. Oh, and my fixed clamps couldn't reach the top string, so I have to use flying clamps in addition to get the top string to tension.
 
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I had no idea it could vary that much from racket to racket, but stringing my Pro Staff is a PITA compared to my TF40. I think the TF40 has bigger grommet holes or better chamfers (though not the big eyelets like the T-Fight.)
 
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esm

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I had no idea it could vary that much from racket to racket, but stringing my Pro Staff is a PITA compared to my TF40. I think the TF40 has bigger grommet holes or better chamfers (though not the big eyelets like the T-Fight.)
the V13 i string very often was fine, until this guy discovered black string (from silver).... so it is a challenge to string the V13 with fullbed of black string (for my eyes). :-D
 
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I have a tough time getting the last cross through 7T, even when I use a scrap piece of string through the hole and one under the outside of that main to pull on.
 
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onehandbh

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T2000 is by far the most difficult racquet I have ever restrung. Make sure to take some photos before you cut out the old strings. I used masking tape to mark some of the important areas (tie-offs, etc.) removing the old strings.
 

onehandbh

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Stringing a 15 guage poly in the old Prestige 600 with CAPS grommets is not fun for me, either.

Even stringing my ~100 year old wood racquet was easier than the T2000.
 

Rabbit

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T2000 is by far the most difficult racquet I have ever restrung. Make sure to take some photos before you cut out the old strings. I used masking tape to mark some of the important areas (tie-offs, etc.) removing the old strings.
I have the original Wilson instructions if anyone needs them.
 

LOBALOT

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That would be awesome as I would like to get my hands on one for Nostalgia sake. My uncle played with one and I hit with it a few times when I was a kid. I recall it being a battering ram. It would be fun to give it a go now having played with today's racquets.
 

Jay Winzenz

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Angell racquets with the double-blocked holes. Tried a number of different methods with limited success. Have not used a pathfinder awl, however.
 
The toughest racket I've ever strung was a Dunlop Max 200g with 14g Victor Imperial gut. Lots of shared holes that were barely big enough for 1 strand of the string to go through.
 
Just strung a Wilson Advantage woodie with natural gut. A number of shared holes, tight string pattern, the typical rt/left side grooves to consider.
 

bleno567

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The SW102 is a complete pain in the ass because the pattern is not symmetrical like all other racquets I've ever strung. It's slightly different on both sides.
 

Wes

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The SW102 is a complete pain in the ass because the pattern is not symmetrical like all other racquets I've ever strung. It's slightly different on both sides.
What do you mean by the SW102's pattern isn't symmetrical? :unsure:
There are 9 mains on each side.
Skips are at 8H,10H and 8T,10T (on both sides).
That's a very standard layout for a stick that has 18 mains.
 
What do you mean by the SW102's pattern isn't symmetrical? :unsure:
There are 9 mains on each side.
Skips are at 8H,10H and 8T,10T (on both sides).
That's a very standard layout for a stick that has 18 mains.
Maybe he meant it just wasn't symmetrical when HE strung it.
 
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WYK

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Prince Rebel 95 with O ports.

Strung with Babolat Vs.

I string it everything 3 weeks for the customer.

I'd feel less nervous diffusing a bomb

What's yours?

Cheers, Paul
While I am not using gut, I do have a pair of 98 o ports that I string several times a year that I actually enjoy doing since my machine has a clutch.
For me, it's some of the 18X20's that are very tight. Just feels very fiddly and tedious.
 
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