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I'm starting today with a new rod and I'm wondering what the best staggering pattern would be for the PHY Para 15?

Do some of you have any recommendations?  (Markus Rohrbach)

    The best staggering pattern for any rod is the one that distributes (and dissipates) the effects of the nodes in the most uniform manner.  Either the Garrison method or the simple 1x1 spiral pattern achieves this.  The 2x2x2 and the 3x3 methods can only concentrate the effect of the nodes - whatever that effect may be.

    Many will argue that the staggering pattern doesn't really matter much, and perhaps it doesn't, but I also notice that no builder locates all the nodes at the same place (or places any two of them side-by-side).  Because I like the appearance of the spiral stepping of nodes up the shaft, that's what I have always done.  (Bill Harms)

      I am one of the many who say it doesn't matter.  side by side or all in the same place just doesn't look good., but too many top rod makers have used 2x 2x 2 and 3 x 3 staggers to be wrong.  Garrison just liked to make things difficult.  (Ralph Moon)

      I wonder if anyone has ever tried that (placing nodes in the same place)? With all the experiments rod builders have tried, including placing the enamel side (power fibers side) in locations other than the outside ( thank you Tapani) has anyone tried this?  (Rich Jezioro)

        Dunno.  I have enough trouble straightening a rod with 3x3 staggering that I don't want to even THINK about putting all the nodes together.  (Of course, I'm not that good at straightening anyway.)   (Neil Savage)

        The Twisted Miss has the enamel on the inside on the three unflamed strips. I don't know if you got to cast it at the SRG.  (Tony Spezio)

        Our fine friend Richard Tyree wrote about a rod with nodes together on all six strips.  I think the article is in an old issue of The Planing Form.  (Harry Boyd)

          A few years back my contribution to the Waara Experiment was a 3 piece, random strip rod.  I used left over strips and at least 10 different culms were represented in the finished rod.  Additionally, I used butt strips in the tip, tip strips in the mid section, and reversed a couple of strips. Spacing of the nodes was done by "throwing" the strips on my bench, then adjusting so that no two nodes were side by side.  The "Waara Experiment" traveled around a lot and many people saw and used the rod.  To the best of my knowledge no one noticed or commented on its node placement or action.  (Ted Knott)

    As a bit of information Young rods were (are) constructed with a 2x2x2 staggering method.  (Wayne Cattanach)

      Trying to make two tip sections with matching nodes, using the spiral or Garrison staggering method was a nightmare for me! I like the 2x2x2 stagger. I split three strips about 3/4" wide and stagger the nodes on these, then cut them to length. Then I split these into four strips each (3/16"), I use two strips from each for the two tip sections. AND, if you're real lucky with the split or just damn good at splitting! You will end up with two tip sections with matching nodes with opposite strips coming from the same area of the culm.  (David Dziadosz)

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