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Hades

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Where to get some good string?
« on: June 09, 2018, 02:45:25 PM »

I have ordered some of this https://www.yoyosam.com/collections/spin-tops/products/trompos-space-glow-in-the-dark-universal-replacement-spin-top-stringand some of this https://www.yoyosam.com/collections/spin-tops/products/trompos-space-glow-in-the-dark-universal-replacement-spin-top-string . The glow in the dark stuff is really short. The other at 60 inches is not bad, but still to short for some of my other tops. I would like to get some different colors, and different  thickness. Some stuff I can experiment with. If you gave some you can send me a PM. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2018, 04:53:08 PM »

So if YoYoPlay has the Spintastics string, which you can order in bulk. I am fairly pleased with it. I'm also using I think a #20 or #24 cotton twine/string I got an an Ace hardware. This string is a bit thicker bit gets soft fast. I cut my strings to around 84 inches, then loop it and tie a taught-line hitch so I can freely adjust the string length. I also mark my string at 4" increments starting at 60 inches. so I can figure adjustments. The downside is that sometimes that string that is taken up by the hitch knot can sometimes be a bit longer tnan I would prefer. Since I adjust string length from time to time to compensate for where I may be on any given day, I'm OK with this.
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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2018, 05:21:35 PM »

I looked all over yoyoplay, and did not see any Spintastics string ( unless I'm over looking it ). I might take a trip to the hardware store to see what they have like you said. I wonder what type of dye would be the best to get some cool colors? I know some dyes could probably mess up the string.
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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2018, 03:59:35 PM »

You probably can contact Dale Oliver directly to get some string...
I'll be honest I never found anything worth while except spintastic string. And yes 60 in is too short. I throw with 65-68in
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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 11:49:08 AM »

I like spintadtics and yes you can get direct from dale .. neff has some sweet string also and try  czspintops great for strummol 8
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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2018, 11:18:04 AM »

I need to build a neffy string twister... or have some fun doing 4 ply by hand now that ouside is a possibility :)
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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 12:40:14 PM »

The kneffy twister is the best thing to happen to top string.  Knex - https://www.knex.com/parts-extras - had a deal where you get $5 off your first order.  When I placed my order back in February, the total was only $10.89. 

A whole new world opens up when you twist your own string.  You can make whatever diameter or length you want, not to mention color combos.  You can have a lot of fun with the string buttons, too.  I've used everything from my zoo membership card, to guitar picks, to wooden buttons, or cut up plastic lids. 

The best part is discovering which string works best for you on each top.  I like a six ply on my lightweight tops, like a Duncan Imperial.  On a heavier, but still small top, like a Cometa King Turbo, I use 8 ply.  But, the most surprising thing for me was that I really like a thicker string on my Spintastics QuickSilver, so I use 12 ply.



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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 01:30:17 PM »

@Renee This looks simply amazing :)

When I get time I'll maybe order the part and have fun with them. i had hoped that my old Mechano would let me do this but all the gear sadly are broken ( due to rough use when I was young I guess! )

Anyway cheers!
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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2019, 08:42:38 PM »

The best part is discovering which string works best for you on each top.  I like a six ply on my lightweight tops, like a Duncan Imperial.  On a heavier, but still small top, like a Cometa King Turbo, I use 8 ply.  But, the most surprising thing for me was that I really like a thicker string on my Spintastics QuickSilver, so I use 12 ply.

What do you mean by "ply" here?
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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2019, 07:53:05 AM »

The best part is discovering which string works best for you on each top.  I like a six ply on my lightweight tops, like a Duncan Imperial.  On a heavier, but still small top, like a Cometa King Turbo, I use 8 ply.  But, the most surprising thing for me was that I really like a thicker string on my Spintastics QuickSilver, so I use 12 ply.

What do you mean by "ply" here?
I define ply as how many total strands of #10 cotton thread.  Six ply is two strands each on three hooks, eight ply is two strands each on four hooks, twelve is three strands each on four hooks.
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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2019, 08:18:00 AM »

I tend to define ply as the number of time the string would be folded if you I wasn't using the kneffy twister...

After a lot of research :

S8 tip => 4x2 cotton 20 give a nice thin string for it.
Spintastics => 4x2 cotton 10.
Repelago 3d printed => Same as spintastic but LOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGGG
4" Watt's => 4x6 cotton 10.

At some point, Jose told us that what determine the string size is the neck to body size of the tip and I feel that's absolutely right. The other determining factor for me is the top weight. Especially with regen-style, you need to have a string 'weight' that light enough for the top to be able to easily pull on the string when it's going down in any rollercoaster faschion...

Hope this is helpful to anybody :)
Cheers
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Re: Where to get some good string?
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2019, 09:12:36 AM »

I sell spintop string on my website if you don’t want to make it yourself.

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