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O3 Tour, one or two piece stringing?.

Published: 19 May 2007 - 11:12 by Bluehinder

Updated: 25 Sep 2008 - 20:30

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I just had my O3 Tour restrung at a new stringer shop, and the guy strung it in one piece. The factory string is two piece, with defined labled points on the frame for starting knot, cross starts, etc. I was dismayed to find he strung it in one piece. When asked, he said he was going to run out of string, and besides, what does it matter.

What does it matter? It seems to me that if the Prince factory saw fit to design it for two pieces, it must be better in some way, perhaps string breakage. I strung it with Technifiber 225, so I do have that concern. #27.

Is this in my head? Does it matter? I notice BK and Dunlop use one piece.

Stringers, please advise.




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From missing_record1 - 23 May 2007 - 03:02

Yeah, it probably isn't a big deal. I have my O3 in front of me, and the only sensible way to do it would lead to stringing the crosses top down. You have to be careful which side of the mains to tie off, however, or you won't be able to string the crosses at all! Looks like you need to tie the "short side" main and use the other side to start the crosses. If you do that you won't have a problem with a 1 pc job. Prince probably chose 2 pc because you do need to loop a fairly long piece of string to start the crosses for a 1 piece job.

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From hamburglar - 20 May 2007 - 03:43

It shouldn't matter, as long as he strung it from the top down on the crosses, and not bottom up. Even if the crosses are strung at a slightly lower tension, the strings will not move much. I've seen racquets normally 1-pc strung with 2-pc and 2-pc strung with 1-pc with fine results. And sometimes it's better than the manufacturers' recommendation when using an around-the-world technique for various reasons.

I can't see 2-pc stringing being significantly better.

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