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Thread: Manual prestretch on staircase.
10-18-2013, 01:29 PM #1
Manual prestretch on staircase.
How do you do it? I just stood 5m away and pulled a bit on both ends, until it felt less elastic. Held it for a few seconds and repeat a few times. Does this seem right? It only stretched a few inches and went back I think.
Is this as well as or instead of machine prestretch?
Cheers. Will get it done tomorrow and test on Monday.
10-18-2013, 01:55 PM #2
10-18-2013, 04:30 PM #3
With VS850 looped around a smooth stair case spindle and looped both ends around a smooth wooden ladle. Then pulled slowly on it until it felt like there was almost no more give. By then I got an extra 8-10 inches of string.
10-18-2013, 04:56 PM #4
10-18-2013, 05:55 PM #5
I used my bare hands when I pulled MY 8 inches.
10-18-2013, 08:10 PM #6
10-18-2013, 08:19 PM #7
It's not the number of inches that matters...
10-18-2013, 08:34 PM #8
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10-23-2013, 03:45 PM #9
is it worth doing this for all strings? with the machine prestretch in very happy with the results so far.
10-23-2013, 03:47 PM #10
10-23-2013, 06:20 PM #11
I've always manually prestretched my strings until there was very little give anymore, but I found that it gave less playability when I stretched it too much.
Now I still pretretch by hand, but loop the other end around a heavy fishing scale and stretch to ~10% higher than my desired tension and hold for 10 seconds or so.
What do you guys think of the above method versus blind prestretching?
10-23-2013, 09:40 PM #12
^ VS850 playability suffered for me too when stretched to max at 12 inches. That's why after that time I only do it for 8-9 inches.
For other strings, you'll have to experiment a bit to find out where the elastic limit is exceeded.
10-24-2013, 11:47 AM #13
I use a starting clamp to hold the ends of the string and pull just enough to get rid of the coil memory, then let the machine pre-stretch do the rest.
10-24-2013, 12:41 PM #14
^I would do that, but I'd have to upgrade my PPSE with a Wise 2086 first, however the girlfriend won't hear it =P