Thanks! Will order it right away then!Tourna Stringmeter is an essential bit of kit for any stringer and even serious players. It is indeed very precise - But......
It gets really bad press because to answer the second part of your question, no, it is unlikely that if you string at a given tension it will read that tension after you finish stringing. This is what leads some people to think that it is not accurate.
There is a really nice blog here - http://ggtennis.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/stringmeter-an-ode-to-accuracy/ This will explain better than I can.
Already purchased the Raquet tune APP. Can't get it to work. Dunno what I am doing wrong. But have tried several times, and it fails.If you have an iPhone or iTouch, the racquet tune app by stoneage is much more precise. The stringmeter suffers when used against different strings, so can only give a reference tension. This may not be anywhere near what you thought you had when it comes off the machine.
Hmm, not sure. But I think it is around 10 seconds before I clamp. But its a guess..Quick question, how long is the string under tension for before you clamp it each time?
No.I have an Iphone 3G? So I need a mic?
Maybe I am bit late, but if describe you problems a little more in detail I might be able to help. Don't you get any readings at all or just strange values?Already purchased the Raquet tune APP. Can't get it to work. Dunno what I am doing wrong. But have tried several times, and it fails.
So if I have two rackets, one strung with natural gut, the other strung with poly, and both have a DT of 31 they will both feel the same?My 2cnts: I think measuring a stringtension is giving "some" info. What really is important: the stringbed-hardness.
I think a device like an ERT or the StringLab2 makes more sense. This is what you experience when hitting a ball
When you're up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the initial objective was to drain the swamp. The OP's question was, "Does the Stringmeter work," and I believe it does. It gives you a good approximation of string tension. Knowing string tension, head size, and pattern there has to be some method of determining DT or SBS. If there wasn't and a customer wanted a DT of 34 how would you go about providing that DT? If you want to purchase anything from RacquetTune to an RDC to measure DT be my guest. But when you're ready to string a racket you must use tension. That is unless there is some new machine that you set up the head size, pattern and DT you want and the machine calculates the tension for you." My point is a Stringmeter or RacquetTune will do the same thing for a lot less money"
I disagree: a stringmeter is a toy, does not give realistic values. And again, how to translate kg's towards SBS, which is thé value.
RacquetTune is nice (and cheap), especially the IPhone version (the android version is not that elaborate). But, it is not a "real" SBS measurement as done on a RDC.
I just tried is using Ashway 16 gauge Kevlar, Gosen OGM 16 gauge, and Red Code 17 gauge on the free string scale. Pulled each at 60 lbs and the String meter read ~59 lbs (just under 60 lbs) for all three strings. But if I strung a racket at 60 with all three strings yes I would expect the DT of all three rackets to be different.And I never tried, but do you think a stringmeter will measure same kg's for an aramid-string as for a natural-gut if strong with the same kg's?
And before you comment on that: yes, the same kg's give also for that 2 strings a different DT; it is the stringers experience (and his notes!) to correct the kg's the Tension-Advisor gives; and for this it is important to measure the results of your stringjob using a RDC or eg a StringLab2
My crosses were strung "around" 19.6kg (top 2 at 15.6, next two 17.6, next 13 at 19.6, last 3 at 17.6). The values from the stringmeter: 13-14kg. Again: what can I learn from this data? I have no clue!