OK guys, you have talked me into making strings,needed just a little nudging, 1/2 of my meager bow collection,10, is not fast flight compatible, the other 1/2 is. What string material is best for the older BW's, Wings, shakespears,etc., and which for the Quinns, Tradtech Pinacle. I was thinking D-97 for the new bows, and good old B-50 for the older ones. In masters of the barebows, Dean Torges suggested 450, a little noiser, but much more durable. All feedback apreciated, if there are any previous threads on this it would help. Thanks guys.
-------------------- samuel koger Posts: 1766 | From: monticello, KY | Registered: Feb 2008
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Dynaflight '97 has worked the best all-around for me, on bows made to accept FF type materials. It's also my best seller by far in the FF type materials.
Once in a while you'll run across a bow that seems to "like" one material better than another, but usually the difference in noise is due to tuning (or a lack thereof). You can tinker with the strand count, padded loops, brace height, silencer placement, etc. to change/eliminate string noise.
Not much difference in B-50 and B-500. Those are your two choices for the older bows. I use B-500 because I deal with BCY directly.
As a stringmaker I buy direct from both BCY and Brownell but prefer using B50 for older bows. I stock both B50 and B500 (B500 had some neat neon colors) but the B50 is a little easier for my old fingers to twist as it seems a little softer than the B50.
My preferred fastflight style material is Brownell's S4 compound and when it was discontinued a few years ago I purchased quite a lot before it disappeared! Of course I may outlive my current stock and will have to evaluated all of the currently available stuff when that happens.