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    Quote Originally Posted by DuckFeet View Post
    Abused grommets?
    Couldn't have been - main #5 had snapped on the left and right, and the broken ends of the string were at opposite ends of the frame, so they must have gone in the middle.

    Ye gods, I'm glad I wasn't anywhere near that when it went... from the middle to the edge of the frame?!

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    Is it just me or has anyone taken notice of the unpleasant smell of this string? The smell is kinda close to factory chemical byproduct. Rackets compartment now stinks...

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    You want smelly... try any Zymax string. Nice formaldehyde smell.

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    Ooops...it may be due to ZyMax, three rackets strung with those versus one with VS-850
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    Same racquet on a dropweight machine.

    25*26 1260Hz let the creep out. 2 hours to string.

    26*27 1245Hz. 45minutes.

    The first method seems to have a sort of prestretch, very leisurely pace though. I can't get any useful change over time comparison unfortunately but it is the same racquet.

    I need to practice manual prestretch, I have a basis now to see if my method actually has any effect.

    I just hope I can match the power from Mark's previous job on the racquet but with bigger sweetspot.

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    I just bought a reel to try. I found that stringing these is very easy, but the tie off had slipped into the hole in my BS15. I tried a Double Half Hitch knot after and i still slipped.

    Also, the first time I strung it, The strings just snapped outta nowhere when I was holding it, straightening out the crosses. I did it the 2nd time and I think its fine now...

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    A few people have reported spontaneous breakages of VS850 recently, and I had one myself a few weeks ago. Weirdly, I see it more in sets than reels, and it never happened with the Mk1 VS850...

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    i myself is a bit disappointed with it durability wise. basically, one average mishit and it's gone. went through half a dozen on several rackets - 5-6 sessions and it's gone. ZM65 is more durable and pretty close performance wise.

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    Funny..I've been using the new one for quite a long time now and I've never had a break yet.

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    I have just used a couple of samples of this string, as provided at a workshop that me and my son attended. I strung my PP UPK in this at 25lbs-27lbs and it lasted about 40mins of the first session playing with it! My son strung his Voltric 80 with it at 24lbs-26lbs and his lasted a warm up and to 4-4 in the first game of a mixed doubles match! No miss hits, just normal play! To be honest I would have expected it to be better than that, or was the string tension to tight?

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    I've used it at 30lb and whilst its only nice to play with for at most 3 weeks, its never broken on me. I string off a reel.

    I don't mind that it doesn't last ages, nothing else plays as nicely.

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    Stranger and stranger - I played it at 30/32 on my old MX80 and JJS and I never broke it once. With plastic shuttles.

    Something must have changed during the re-vamp...

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    I'm using the new version.

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    We must have been supplied with the new version, it was supplied to us fresh from the box, 2x 10mts reels in the packets from Paul Stewart, who was at the workshop. Maybe it was a bad batch, who knows but it didn't last, and I was disappointed as I had heard good things about it.

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    Yes I'm disappointed too because I've strung so many rackets with this string without such early breakage. Just as a matter of interest, I wonder whether it's the green as I've never had the white break. I know Mark had the green and perhaps there's something in the dye that changes the string? Paul www.badminton-coach.co.uk

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    Yes it was the green.

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    Mine was a reel of white. I got it straight from Victor Canada in BC. I played with it yesterday, practising my smashes and getting a feel for the shuttle.

    At first they felt a bit dead until I started hitting it hard. I am liking them so far.

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