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    Default First Racquet Strung

    I now qualify as a Novice Stringer

    Got my stringing machine this morning (Gamma Progression II 602) and I have just finished stringing my first racquet (at the 2nd attempt).

    On the first attempt (BG66 at 22lb) the main snapped somewhere near the tie off knot as I neared the end of the crosses.

    On the 2nd attempt (BG66 at 22lb again - I have a lot of BG66 lying around and nothing particularly thicker to practise with) I was a bit more careful tying the knots and everything went ok.

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    congratulation. BTW, you didn't mention about the frame shape

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    It was my cheapo Carlton Aerogear 1000 FX. It started as an oval and finished up a fraction narrower in the 2/10 o'clock, and a bit fatter in the 5/7 o'clock area compared to an unstrung as-ti. Pretty much the same shape as an as1 strung by someone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
    It was my cheapo Carlton Aerogear 1000 FX. It started as an oval and finished up a fraction narrower in the 2/10 o'clock, and a bit fatter in the 5/7 o'clock area compared to an unstrung as-ti. Pretty much the same shape as an as1 strung by someone else.
    I see u followed the yonex's stringing pattern
    what type is your machine, drop wt or spring tensioned crank style?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler
    what type is your machine, drop wt or spring tensioned crank style?
    Drop weight.
    I just copied the pattern that was in before.

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    Neil,

    congratulations! stringing racket is not for the faint of heart. the amount of tension you are pulling on that poor baby is quite a lot (enough force to raise a small car). this a first step to a whole world of learning. start from the basics and move up from there. there are quite a few discussions here in BF as well as articles on the net.

    good luck!

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    Congrats!!!

    How long it took you for the 2nd attempt? I am sure after another several trials, you can speed up and enjoy the process even more. Time to get some baddy VCDs, as string+VCD is a wonderful combo.
    Last edited by LazyBuddy; 07-16-2004 at 04:58 PM.

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    Just let me know when you'll start using gut My stringer hates it because it unravels and splits when stringing if you are not carefull.

    Well done it's all easier from here on in, the first one is always the hardest.

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    Thanks Kwun.
    I know. I think I've read most of them.
    And now I'll be going back to them looking for tips on weaving the crosses.
    That seems to be my slowest bit. But then I'm pulling the string through quite slow to avoid friction burns. I don't know how fast is safe, so I have to do it slow.
    I'll have to dig out that link to the Silent Partner stringing contest video.

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    are you doing a diagonal pull? reduces friction/burn. pulls much faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
    It was my cheapo Carlton Aerogear 1000 FX. It started as an oval and finished up a fraction narrower in the 2/10 o'clock, and a bit fatter in the 5/7 o'clock area compared to an unstrung as-ti. Pretty much the same shape as an as1 strung by someone else.
    The slight distortion at the 2/10 o'clock and 5/7 o'clock areas are typical of a 2-point machine without side supports, if you string the crosses from the top towards the throat. However, you can minimize the distortion by stringing the crosses from the middle. Using a starting clamp will be useful if you plan to string the crosses from the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
    How long it took you for the 2nd attempt? Time to get some baddy VCDs.
    over an hour.
    I've got loads from Han already.

    found some misweaves in my first two.
    Third looks ok.

    Here's something else I learnt.
    Dont string black string in poor lighting.
    Stringing in daylight is easier than under a 60 watt bulb

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun
    are you doing a diagonal pull? reduces friction/burn. pulls much faster.
    yep.
    but like I say, I don't know how fast is fast.
    Time will tell, I guess.

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    Can't you use a cheaper string ? It must get pretty expensive practising with BG66

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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak
    The slight distortion at the 2/10 o'clock and 5/7 o'clock areas are typical of a 2-point machine without side supports, if you string the crosses from the top towards the throat. However, you can minimize the distortion by stringing the crosses from the middle. Using a starting clamp will be useful if you plan to string the crosses from the middle.

    It is a 6-point. The distortion was maybe 0.5mm each side.
    I have considered starting from the middle (which would also mean less string to pull through with each weave), but I've been almost coming up short on string at the end of the crosses. From overestimating how much I needed for the mains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung
    Can't you use a cheaper string ? It must get pretty expensive practising with BG66
    i actually think it is a wise choice, for two reasons...

    1. bg66 is thin. Neil is just starting up so thinner string may be easier to string.

    2. bg66 is fragile. Neil just got a brand new toy and like most, i want to play with my toys more often when they are new. if he strings with bg65, no matter how hard he smashes, the next time he get to string a new racket will be at least a few weeks. if he strings with bg66, he smash like crazy maybe he can have a racket to play with (erm... string) next weekend....

    see?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls

    Here's something else I learnt.
    Dont string black string in poor lighting.
    That make my day! I laughed so loud when I red that!

    But I find you patient stringing rackets (sp?). I would throw the machine by the window if I had some problems doing a little tie!!!

    Well done buddy!

    JRMTL

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