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    Default Strings... still not broken yet

    Seems like most of you guys replace your strings almost every month! I've use my old Carlton racquet for about 2 years, thats 500 hours of actual play time, and the factory strings are still in perfect condition (except the logo paint's gone.) I can't see even the smallest damage in the stright, the tension is about the same as when I first got it! (I'd guess ~18 lbs, but I have no idea how to measure.) And I play with plastic too! I think I'm hitting pretty hard so that's probably not it. I still get a nice "BOOOOM" when I smash. I throw my racquet around too though it doesn't seem to affect the string. What am I doing wrong?

    In case you're wondering, I want to try some better strings, but don't actually want to cut them...

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    BTW, how can you tell if your string is frayed? Mine looks all neat and tidy and everything. Grommets are still perfect.

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    Here's a picture of the racquet. I have closer shots, but they are all blurred.
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    Hmm... i never realized how nice my table looks

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    man.... ur racquet string are old
    but really u sure its in good condition??? (with the paint going off )

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    Maybe Carlton strings are not that bad at all, my friend also have a Carlton racket for 2 years and the strings are still good. As for the logo, why don't you try coloring it again?

    By the way, what Airblade is that?

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    I don't know other people but I restring my racquet because of loss in tension.

    If you have a chance to check out other player's racquet, try listening to the sound it makes when hitting the string against the bottom of your palm and compare that ring to your own racquet.

    The higher the tone the tighter the string. Check and see if your string is soft.

    Even when a string is frayed, as long as it is not broken it is still playable, IMHO.

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    Originally posted by jsevalle
    As for the logo, why don't you try coloring it again?

    By the way, what Airblade is that?
    Yep its an airblade with the wide-body head. My other racquet is a slim head, which is about HALF as tall, top to bottom. Looks weird together. As for coloring it... I think the cracked paint adds personality (Has nothing to do with my laziness at all )

    It's an AB Power. Only $30, Lots of power but slooow. I once accidentally hit someone in the head and knocked them over maybe they were just off-balance though.

    TourSp: Yep the strings look great. The coating over the string's still all there, shining back at me

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    Originally posted by benfok
    I don't know other people but I restring my racquet because of loss in tension.

    If you have a chance to check out other player's racquet, try listening to the sound it makes when hitting the string against the bottom of your palm and compare that ring to your own racquet.

    The higher the tone the tighter the string. Check and see if your string is soft.
    The tension is same as when i got it. If I press down on the string bed, it barely moves at all. How can you tell when the string is too loose? Just from how it responds while playing, or do you hang weights on it or something?

    Or just from the sound after a smash? BK racquet, at 24 lb i think, makes a nice "BOING" sound, instead of the Calrton's "BOOOM".
    Last edited by bigredlemon; 10-27-2002 at 12:26 AM.

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    The higher tension, the easier for the string break.

    I string my racket at 25lbs, and it would be broken around 6-8 hours playing time. I have a friend string at 29lbs, the string only can support 4-6 hours playing time.

    18lbs is really a low tension, I suggest you to replace your string at higher tension, then you will find the joy of higher tension.

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    Originally posted by forrestyung

    18lbs is really a low tension, I suggest you to replace your string at higher tension, then you will find the joy of higher tension.
    Indeed. No offence but if you have not been changing strings, my guess is that you're not playing that much or that well. And as benfolk mentioned, pple change strings when there's a loss in tension, strings break, or when it feels dead (Byron will know this. ).

    For 2 years?? The strings will have already hardened and it should feel dead when playing with it.

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    Originally posted by modious
    Indeed. No offence but if you have not been changing strings, my guess is that you're not playing that much or that well. And as benfolk mentioned, pple change strings when there's a loss in tension, strings break, or when it feels dead (Byron will know this. ).

    For 2 years?? The strings will have already hardened and it should feel dead when playing with it.
    None taken. I was too much of a newbie (equipment-wise) to know what good strings feel like. About the feeling dead part... you mean now i have another excuse for why I lost the games?

    I don't use that racquet anymore though so no point in replacing the strings. My new racquet however... after how many hours do you think i'd need to replace them? I'm using asahaway rally 21, and the reviews say about 6 months. Can't wait to get some bg80s on there.

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    Well you can change your strings whenever you feel like doing so, so as long as your wallet agrees with you. People would change strings when they no longer get the right "feel" for the string, as in maybe a change in repulsion, control, power, etc...

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    I think it really depends on what kinda string they defaultly use on their racket. I know Winex use BG-65 as some models' string, which is of course can't be bad.

    On the other hand, Prokennex has very good rackets, but they use suck string as default, which bring up a lot of critizm...

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    So what is the factory string they use on that racquet bigredlemon?

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    Originally posted by jwu
    So what is the factory string they use on that racquet bigredlemon?
    I have no idea whats on the carlton. It's a cheap racquet so i'm not expecting miracles. It's not the cheap fishing line stuff obviously, but all strings looks the same to me. It's a multifilament string in a cross-hatch pattern, and is 30% thicker than the rally 21 on my BK racquet. I guess that's why its so durable.

    BTW, the logo paint for my new racquet is almost completely gone now, with a few spots of paint here and there. Oddly enough, after a few racquet clashes, my frame didn't lose any paint, but has GAINED paint from their racquets !!

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    should change the subject of this thread to "strings...still not broken yet, and racquet...repaint itself" . Seems like an amazing racquet you got there.

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