Wilson Blade v7 18x20 cross stringing question

Znak

Professional
I'm pretty sure I did this wrong... I'm so used to Yonex 2-pieces which end up so clean. I bought a new 18x20 v7 Blade and as per their site, it mentions to tie the x-string at 6T, 12B. Problem being the mains have already travelled back to tie off at 7B which leaves a bundle of strings like in this photo. How can I do this so it comes out cleaner? Someone in the wilson thread mentioned tying off the bottom x-string on 9B but that's on a main string — isn't that a no-no? Kilppermate's site says to tie off on 6B, but that requires enlarging the hole and also a main string.

Should I have tied off the main strings on 9B so it clears up some space? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

 

jwocky

Rookie
For a two-piece:
Mains tie-off 9T (throat)
Crosses tie-off 9H (head/hoop), 7T

Ends up much cleaner

Reference @ 9s, 14s, 18s:
 

Znak

Professional
For a two-piece:
Mains tie-off 9T (throat)
Crosses tie-off 9H (head/hoop), 7T

Ends up much cleaner

Reference @ 9s, 14s, 18s:
Oh yeah that looks much better! So it's okay to tie a cross off on a main? I could have sworn I read something that said otherwise
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
Oh yeah that looks much better! So it's okay to tie a cross off on a main? I could have sworn I read something that said otherwise
yeah its ok to tie off on a main
only time you wanna rethink that, its when you deal with nat.gut, in that instance I preffer to tie gut2gut, poly2poly...
 

Wes

Professional
So it's okay to tie a cross off on a main? I could have sworn I read something that said otherwise
Yeah, it's ok to tie a cross off on a main.

In fact, the top cross ties off onto a main (anchor) string on about 99% of all racquets.
I mean, you really have no other choice for the top cross... unless your going to hold the top cross with a starting clamp until you have the 2nd or 3rd cross string installed/tensioned - and then tie the top cross off onto a lower cross. This is what @1HBHfanatic was talking about in post #4, regarding "gut2gut" and "poly2poly".

99% of frames are not factory designed to be done this way. So, to accomplish this, you'd need to enlarge the correct (cross) grommet before you begin.
Of course, there's always "the exception to the rule"... such as most Pure Storm frames are designed for the top cross to tie to the 3rd cross.
If I recall, I think the Yonex V-Core Duel G frames have the top cross tie off on the 2nd cross.

Now, as far as where bottom crosses are generally designated to be tied off... I'd say it's roughly 50/50.
About half the time, the bottom cross ties off on another cross (i.e. 10T, 11T, or 12T).
About half the time, the bottom cross ties off onto a main (i.e. 6T, 7T, 8T, or 9T).

So... considering almost all top crosses get tied to a main, and that bottom crosses are fairly evenly split, that means that the vast majority of all crosses (say, 74%) get tied off onto a main. So, only like 26% of all crosses are designated to be tied off onto another cross.
 
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