Good question! Yes, I agree that the two ways are quite a bit different. I was thinking about that a bit but please bear in mind…- I am not a good player and therefore my opinion is just an opinion of a guy who thought about it and can recognize a bit how it feels in different ways but not really much more… For sure nothing scientific…
I always thought that Haribito Pro should be theoretically the best way to string and having the middle part of the whole string length in the sweet spot should be best thing evah… In practice it never worked for me, in fact I was disappointed every time I tried. It was ok for two days but than it started feeling uneven and kind of “trampolinish” for some reason. May be some people like it….? May be I did something wrong? I don’t know, but it wasn’t working for me…
Here is what I feel and what seems logical in my imagination – in the Haribito Pro variant, when the crosses start at the top going down, the string part where it goes down ends up having more of the middle part of the total string length, and the crosses that start going up end up having the part of the string close to the knot at the top. Are you still with me?
Another thing, the area above the sweet spot is more important than the area below. Do you agree? First, in general, you are supposed to hit slightly above the center, yes? And also, usually you are more likely to hit closer to the top when out of position, right?
What happens in Haribito Pro version, in my opinion, string bed getting considerably stiffer going towards the top because of the part of the crosses that is going up just above the sweet spot, where 2 directions switch. I actually feel it, but may be it’s just me? Unfortunately I never could get over that feeling and always end up cutting the string jobs soon after.
Does skipping one string in the bottom does anything? I don’t see why would do much to say the truth… Other than it allows the shorter end to complete the last mains before going all the way up… Do I miss something?
Now… Talking about the difference in the tensions of the crosses – the one go down vs the one go up. Actually in general, the parts of the string that are closer to the middle of the whole string length vs the parts of the string that are closer to the knot… Here are my thoughts.
When experimenting with different one string methods I have noticed that on the simple one piece pattern, where you knot the beginning of one main, and the other side of mains goes into the crosses , which than go from most bottom up (even when you start mains in the middle..), is that the side that continues into the crosses ends up with time looser than the side with the knot. I even observed some frame deformations because of that.
You would say the the opposite should be true? The side with the knot should get looser because of the tension lost by the knot? And that is also true.
What happens in my opinion, when the stringing job is new, you would loose a bit of tension at the knots. Depends on the quality of the stringing job but how much in the worse case scenario? Five millimetres, may be a whole centimetre? Ok, I agree! However… Have you ever tried to pre-stretch the string on the door knob? (my guess yes, lol, because you are just as crazy as most of us here …). You would notice that the string some times stretches decimetres, BG65 would even go half a meter, right? And this is just within the short amount of time you are able to hold it by hand.
Now imagine the exact middle of the whole string length compared to the string just besides the knot. I would think the string in the middle would get twice softer than at the end, because it absorbed the most stretching from the both sides.
Could it be just in my head? May be, but I think I have observed it on multiple occasions and the most acute one was in the “beginner’s one piece method” as I described above.
So, to surmise my super long and boring post…… When doing the bottom crosses first, I find that I am still close to the “perfection” of the 2 piece bottom up style, and also the whole area from the sweet spot going all the way up is absolutely uniform. I really like the felling also… Tight and even, at the same time avoiding knots been close to the mains (and also super neat outside the frame which Haribito is famous for). Perhaps, the only pattern I liked more was Paizhuan but it was too much in the end for me…
Sorry for the long post… Hope it was at least somewhat understandable… But please ask me to clarify if something was unreadable at all… I find no meter how many times I go through my texts I end up realizing after some time that it is not what I was thinking in my head, with the most horrible grammar mistakes that I missed…