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Redflea
11-09-2006, 11:36 PM
Oh what an exciting day it was....

Some pics for those of you considering the Alpha Pioneer DC.

The machine is just beautiful in person, solid as a rock, and very easy to set up and "assemble" (slide a few pieces on) out of the box. Came with 8 packages of Alpha string (you can choose which ones you want, but I just asked for a selection of their strings to give them a try), needle-nose and cutting pliers, awl, several allen wrenches for adjusting the Alpha, and several small springs and small yellow plastic pieces that I'm not sure what are for...I assume replacement parts for the Alpha.

The Alpha is heavy, as expected, but the smiple kitchen cart I bought at Target holds it very nicely, almost like it was made for it.

I have no idea what I'm doing, and unfortunately, the instructions that come with the Alpha aren't quite enough for a true beginner (at least this true beginner) to get started actually doing a string job...the picture at the end below is just one of my already strung racquets in place. So no comments yet on actually using the thing to string a racquet, unfortunately. But it looks like it'll be easy to use...

<EDIT> I called Alpha and spoke w/Mark...extremely helpful on the phone regarding the stringing process, took a lot of time with me (talking me down from the ledge of newbie fear) and I am now ready to try my first string job tonight or tomorrow!

It looks sweet, feels great, and I just bet I'm gonna be stringing like a madman soon.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0598Medium.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0599Medium.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0600Medium.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0601Medium.jpg

Redflea
11-09-2006, 11:36 PM
More...

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0602Medium.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0603Medium.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0604Medium.jpg

(The cart below is from Target... http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-4/qid=1163148118/ref=sr_1_4/602-9684651-9296608?ie=UTF8&asin=B000BC2D6Q)

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0605Medium.jpg

Redflea
11-09-2006, 11:37 PM
And the rest...

Before putting on the mounts and the clamps...
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0607Medium.jpg

All done!
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0609Medium.jpg

Racquet in place...almost looks like I strung it...
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0611Medium.jpg

rod_b
11-10-2006, 05:30 AM
Christmas comes early. Where did you order it from?

theace21
11-10-2006, 06:13 AM
That is one nice looking machine...Have fun.

jonolau
11-10-2006, 06:59 AM
Nice, doubles up as a mount for carving the turkey ... the clamps will hold it down well when struggling to cut off the drumstick. ;)

Have fun!

Redflea
11-10-2006, 08:01 AM
Christmas comes early. Where did you order it from?

I went directly through Alpha, at www.Alphatennis.com. They sell direct, and had the same or better price ($399) than any reseller. Great guys...courteous, responsive, and very willing to help.

Cost to my door including shipping was $434, and they even hustled when I called late in the day to get the machine shipped out to me that day.

Redflea
11-10-2006, 08:03 AM
Nice, doubles up as a mount for carving the turkey ... the clamps will hold it down well when struggling to cut off the drumstick. ;)

Have fun!

That's true, we do "string" the bird to truss up the legs. I'll have to think about what would be a good string and tension for Thanksgiving... :D

jaykay
11-10-2006, 09:02 AM
Am truly overcome with envy...

RedFlea: Pls share your experiences with this stringing m/c. I have been following your posts for a while now. I am also a total novice to stringing (don't have a clue where to begin) and am thinking that it is high time that I plonk some money down on a stringing machine instead of spending obscene amount of money on the stringers at my club (which adds up very, very quickly). Most importantly, pls advise if stringing using this m/c is stupid-friendly.

Nice Target cart too, btw, smart approach...

ENJOY!

varuscelli
11-10-2006, 10:19 AM
Great stuff!

Really like that you showed all the photos. That really is a nice looking machine -- especially considering that it fell in the budget range you needed! I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it looks much better in your photos than what I "sort of" pictured by looking at Internet versions of images of the machine. Those on other sites don't do it justice as much as your..."live" shots did. Very nice! I'd say you're gonna get maximum bang for the buck out of this deal. :)

Pretty dang cool . . .

LttlElvis
11-10-2006, 10:26 AM
In the words of Borat: "VERY NICE"

dcottrill
11-10-2006, 10:38 AM
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Mike Cottrill
11-10-2006, 10:50 AM
I, too, was thinking that the pictures provide a much better idea of what the machine really looks like than the ones usually seen on the internet. I was also thinking the same thing about ball machines. If only there was a ball machine owner who knew a thing or two about photography who wouldn't mind posting some detailed pictures of his ball machine, I'm sure I could get a much better sense of the machine than what I get from pictures on retailer's websites. I wonder if such a person exists on this forum?8-)

What kind of pictures would you like. I have lobster.

Redflea
11-10-2006, 11:11 AM
What kind of pictures would you like. I have lobster.

Talk about dooling... :)

Redflea
11-10-2006, 11:12 AM
Am truly overcome with envy...

RedFlea: Pls share your experiences with this stringing m/c. I have been following your posts for a while now. I am also a total novice to stringing (don't have a clue where to begin) and am thinking that it is high time that I plonk some money down on a stringing machine instead of spending obscene amount of money on the stringers at my club (which adds up very, very quickly). Most importantly, pls advise if stringing using this m/c is stupid-friendly.

Nice Target cart too, btw, smart approach...

ENJOY!

I called Alpha today and spoke w/Mark...he was extremely helpful on the phone regarding the stringing process, took a lot of time with me (talking me down from the ledge of newbie fear) and I am now ready to try my first string job tonight or tomorrow! I'll let you know how it goes...

woody6.1
11-10-2006, 11:52 AM
nice machine. I just got the exact one a few weekends ago and i'm loving it. IT felt like forever trying to learn how to do it correctly on my own, but once i did, it's been nothing but ease on my 5 stringing jobs. You how enjoy it like i have.

ChefJoe
11-10-2006, 11:58 AM
I just bought one of those from a buddy of mine for a VERY small amount of moolah! It's green, though. Anybody know what model it maight be? It looks pretty much the same except the color.
I've already done five racquets with it and it really gets much easier. Don't worry about anything and just start stringin'.

Redflea
11-10-2006, 12:20 PM
Probably the Pioneer III? I think I've seen that model on ****.

hummer23
11-10-2006, 12:36 PM
very cool, enjoy the machine and be careful when yo ustring your first frames up, dont want any costly mistakes before you get to know how it works. Good luck with it!!!

varuscelli
11-10-2006, 12:59 PM
OK, now that you've got yours up and running, I had to take the time to set mine up. It (the Gamma 6004) has been sitting boxed up for a week, and I finally had a few hours of time for myself this afternoon to break it out of the boxes and set it all up. And of course, inspired by this thread, took a bunch of pics... :)

I'll post some photos tonight and relate my own brief setup experience. What fun!

Redflea
11-10-2006, 01:02 PM
Got four sets of Pince Synth Gut to experiment with...now I'm really loaded for bear. :)

Couple more pics...if there's a shot of any part of the machine that you'd like, let me know.

Close-up of mounting/clamps:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0615Medium.jpg

Close up of drop-weight hub & linear gripper

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0617Medium.jpg

Redflea
11-10-2006, 01:05 PM
OK, now that you've got yours up and running, I had to take the time to set mine up. It (the Gamma 6004) has been sitting boxed up for a week, and I finally had a few hours of time for myself this afternoon to break it out of the boxes and set it all up. And of course, inspired by this thread, took a bunch of pics... :)

I'll post some photos tonight and relate my own brief setup experience. What fun!

Great - look forward to seeing your 6004 thread.

varuscelli
11-10-2006, 01:23 PM
Just wanted to ask: Your shots of the Alpha are really nice looking from my end (and that's not always the case with Internet stuff). May I ask what kind of camera you're using, out of curiosity?

Redflea
11-10-2006, 01:43 PM
HP 945 or 935...it's black, a couple years old, has a pretty long optical zoom. HP cameras have some great color maps....that may be why you like it.

Court_Jester
11-10-2006, 01:57 PM
You got to love that shade of blue, which I refer to as "Alpha Blue."

BTW, the turntable, the clamps, the mounting arms and the vise posts look exactly like the ones on my Revo. Very, very solid. You won't regret it. Well, maybe once you start stringing like a madman, you might pine for a crank. ;)

Redflea
11-10-2006, 02:26 PM
I know, Court Jester...I already kinda sorta pine for one even though I haven't even strung one racquet, just because the look cool in action....but I set my price limit and decided to live within it.

I'm a very zen guy when it comes to manual procedural task...I enjoy the process as much or more than the outcome, even w/tasks that might seem "un-fun." I still do my own brake jobs for this reason...I actually enjoy the step-by-step and physically involving nature of the task, allows me to shake off all work-personal issues and spend some time in a peaceful "zone."

So I think I'm not going to mind the drop-weight at all...and may actually find it very therapeutic once I get settled into this. :)

Redflea
11-10-2006, 05:38 PM
Mains are done! Much easier than I expected it to be (except for when I spaced the first time through and released the wrong clamp). ;)

Heading out for the evening, so the crosses will likely wait until tomorrow.

The Alpha works like a charm...

boxingguy
11-10-2006, 08:13 PM
Heading out for the evening, so the crosses will likely wait until tomorrow.




You just caused untold numbers of heart attacks.

Redflea
11-10-2006, 09:25 PM
Eh? I am starting to realize that I did a bad thing....yeah, duh...tensioned mains and no crosses. Oops. :) Glad this isn't my regular racquet any more...but it looks fine, and it's in the 6pt mounting very securely...guess I'll finish it up now.

It came out great, as far as I can tell...had some trouble getting the string through the tie-off grommet for the starter knot, but once that was done it all went very smoothly.

Looking forward to a hit w/the newly strung RDX tomorrow to see how my handiwork feels...

Swissv2
11-10-2006, 09:56 PM
Hey I noticed you took pictures of your lovely stringer in a RESTURANT?!!! :p

Redflea
11-10-2006, 10:10 PM
Well, we do some pretty fancy cooking, but we don't take paying guests... ;)

Redflea
11-12-2006, 01:00 PM
OK...so I've done two racquets now w/the Alpha Pioneer DC, and it is a breeze to work with. Of course, I've never strung w/any other machine so I have a very limited frame of reference, but I haven't found anything about it that I don't like, if you know what I mean.

I was teaching my sons today on the second racquet I ever strung, so the learning curve was pretty qiuck thanks to all the help I found here in this forum, and from the guys at Alpha. :)

Racquet mounting is quick, easy to adjust, and very secure.

The fixed clamps are simple to use, maneuver easily on the base to whatever position you want, and are easy to clamp/unclamp.

The turntable has a really solid feel, rotating the racquet is smooth and there are subtle detents maybe every 20 degrees or so that help positioning it.

The dropweight is easy to set tension on - the linear gripper and rachet system work very smoothly and make it easy to set the string, apply, and adjust tension.

So I'm very pleased w/both the machine itself, and the service that the folks at Alpha have provided.

abenguyen
11-12-2006, 06:31 PM
did they give you free strings?

Redflea
11-12-2006, 06:46 PM
did they give you free strings?

Yes...take a look at the pics in the first page of this thread...they said $50 worth, which turned out to mean 8 or 9 sets of Alpha strings. I could have chosen which ones I wanted, but I just asked them to send me a variety, as I'm not too familiar w/Alpha strings.

jcstennis
11-12-2006, 07:19 PM
Red... you live anywhere near New Jersey? Could use a stringer that will give me a break on price... if i supply the margaritas!

Very nice pics... man i want one!

Redflea
11-12-2006, 08:51 PM
Sorry...I'm on the left coast. Mail me your racquet, and a gallon of margaritas and I'll string it, and maybe I'll even return it someday. :D

I am enjoying it a lot. I had it wheeled it out of it's closet tonight thinking I might have time to string another racquet, and my neighbor dropped by. He doesn't even play tennis and he wants one... ;)

varuscelli
11-12-2006, 11:37 PM
OK, Redflea, you're up there too, now, in the stringing machine photo library.

To test, go to the main page (as linked, below), click on the Alpha Link, then click on the Alpha Pioneer DC image on the Alpha page. Your images should magically appear. :wink:

Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine Photo Project (http://www.ruscelli.com/tennis_stringing_machines.htm)

Redflea
11-12-2006, 11:50 PM
Oh baby....how cool is THAT!!! :D

I'm so proud of my Alpha...<sniff>

bmichaelia
11-13-2006, 05:59 AM
Oh baby....how cool is THAT!!! :D

I'm so proud of my Alpha...<sniff>

:) Geez, I can't wait for Christmas when my wife surprises me with the new Alpha! Thanks for posting all the pics, I copied them all.

Am going to try to leave it in the closet on a shelf we have, and then carry it onto a kitchen island, and hope it's at the right height. Otherwise, will get a portable table, but I don't want to permanently leave it up - don't want to take up the space.

Bruce

Redflea
11-13-2006, 07:54 AM
Glad they are useful to you...that one teeny-tiny one on the web just doesn't cut it, does it? :)

My rolling cart is about 34.5" tall, and w/the machine on it the working height of the Pioneer DC is just about perfect for me (I'm 6'2"). However, I was teaching my younger son (5'1") to string this weekend, and he used it at that same height w/out any problems. Our kitchen countertop is 35.5" high, so I suspect that using it on your island will be OK for most people.

varuscelli
11-13-2006, 08:06 AM
Glad they are useful to you...that one teeny-tiny one on the web just doesn't cut it, does it? :)

My rolling cart is about 34.5" tall, and w/the machine on it the working height of the Pioneer DC is just about perfect for me (I'm 6'2"). However, I was teaching my younger son (5'1") to string this weekend, and he used it at that same height w/out any problems. Our kitchen countertop is 35.5" high, so I suspect that using it on your island will be OK for most people.

Hey, Redflea...

If you'd like any comments or anything to be posted on the page with the photos, let me know. Anything relevant to the machine would be OK with me. Or just the photos, it's your call. I can also "credit" them to you or say "contributed by" or whatever you'd like. (Even comments on the stand would be relevant.) Just want to throw that out there as I feel my way through this. ;)

Redflea
11-13-2006, 08:14 AM
Thanks...likely I'll take my comments from this thread and combine them and send them to you in an email to post as you prefer. Gotwheels (if he's listening) has more experience w/the Alpha and with machines in general, it would be great if he had some comments as well...

This is the kind of project that can be very fun/involving, Varuscelli, maybe you'll need to take an LOA from work? :)

varuscelli
11-13-2006, 08:24 AM
Thanks...likely I'll take my comments from this thread and combine them and send them to you in an email to post as you prefer. Gotwheels (if he's listening) has more experience w/the Alpha and with machines in general, it would be great if he had some comments as well...

This is the kind of project that can be very fun/involving, Varuscelli, maybe you'll need to take an LOA from work? :)

Works for me! I can take the comments from you anytime and incorporate them, so there's no real rush or anything. Remember, though, that you're setting a precedent that others might follow...you may be represent the model to which other people aspire, so proceed with care... :)

I like the LOA part, but I'm scared to ask myself for fear that I'll say no. (Right now, I'm allowing this as "recreational therapy" on my part, but I'm keeping a close eye on myself to make sure I get all my work out on time, too. I feel I'm pretty close to giving myself a verbal warning before actually writing myself up for this. :p And I'm only partially joking...)

VGP
11-15-2006, 08:50 PM
...had some trouble getting the string through the tie-off grommet for the starter knot, but once that was done it all went very smoothly.

Redflea - just a tip. When stringing, I cut the end of the string diagonally to create a fine point. That makes it easier to insert the end of the string though for tie offs or through other tight spaces.


Thanks for posting your pics and you experiences. You are reminding me of when I first got my Alpha Pioneer III (which I just used again after six years - see my other thread) back in 1993 from New Tech Tennis. They sent several packs of strings then too and I tried them all out.

I ended up either using Alpha Gut 2000 or Alpha Synthetic Gut (now Hardcourt SG) at 16 gauge or I would hybrid the two.

I'm glad to have first hand experience as well as hearing from others that the customer service at Alpha is still top notch.

Redflea
11-15-2006, 09:03 PM
Redflea - just a tip. When stringing, I cut the end of the string diagonally to create a fine point. That makes it easier to insert the end of the string though for tie offs or through other tight spaces.

Thanks - that's a good idea, I'll give that a try next time. I've been purposely cutting it very squared off for no good reason...

Thanks for posting your pics and you experiences. You are reminding me of when I first got my Alpha Pioneer III (which I just used again after six years - see my other thread) back in 1993 from New Tech Tennis. They sent several packs of strings then too and I tried them all out.

I ended up either using Alpha Gut 2000 or Alpha Synthetic Gut (now Hardcourt SG) at 16 gauge or I would hybrid the two.

I'm glad to have first hand experience as well as hearing from others that the customer service at Alpha is still top notch.

Yeah, I saw your post and enjoyed reading about your return to the joys of stringing w/the Alpha Pioneer...I wasn't really aware of how long they have been in the business. I'm going to try the Alpha Gut 2000 next on my regular stick (M-Fil 300) to see how that compares to my Klip Excellerator.

My experience w/the Alpha folks has been just great, and I'm really glad that I purchased my machine from them...provides great peace of mind.

bmichaelia
11-17-2006, 02:49 PM
My experience w/the Alpha folks has been just great, and I'm really glad that I purchased my machine from them...provides great peace of mind.[/QUOTE]

So how's it been going with stringing? Got your time under an hour? I figure when I get mine I will be slow for quite a while, but I don't mind, it'll be fun and therapeutic.

Redflea
11-17-2006, 09:52 PM
So how's it been going with stringing? Got your time under an hour? I figure when I get mine I will be slow for quite a while, but I don't mind, it'll be fun and therapeutic.

BTW: Check out my update to my mounting of the Alpha to my cart here...

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=1071724#post1071724

I think you should jump the gun and get your Alpha now. What if they run out before you order!? ;)

My stringing is very smooth, if not very speedy...I love the machine, so easy to use and solid. I did my third racquet last night - the first time I strung my current racquet (M-Fil 300). Did a two-piece, ended up using Alpha Sphere based on some comments on it in the Strings forum. (Sphere was one of the free sets I got w/the machine.) Went great, and hit with it today and it was really fun to be hitting my own string job.

As for my speed....that is still around 1 1/2 to 2 hours, for three key reasons:

1. I never just string...I always have something distracting me, like my kids, my wife, my dog, and in the past week or so the women's and men's year end tournaments in Spain and Shanghai, which means I have hours and hours of tennis recorded that I have to watch before my wife erases it to make room for "Medium." :)

2. I am absolutely the worlds worst knot tier...I just can't look at the pictures and then tie the knot...I look at the picture, look at the strings, then at the picture again, then at the strings...then I need to go lie down for a while. I've been spending as long as 10 minutes to tie a knot! I am hoping that will speed up, but I have always appeared to be missing the part of the brain that allows people to look at a picture of a knot and then tie it. That part of Boy Scouts was pure h_ll for me... When I was tested on spatial relations in high school I got a pretty low score, and I don't have very good depth perception. Makes me wonder how I can play this game!

3. (Most important reason) I really don't want to finish quickly...agree 100% on your "fun and therapeutic" comment. I started a thread about this over in the Strings and Stringing forum (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=105968). I'm enjoying the process so much that dragging it out is actually my preference. I get to go zen for that time, totally relaxed and calm, no stress/worries of any kind, just in the stringing zone. When I started shopping I swore that I was only going to be stringing racquets for my family. Now I'm planning to let a few tennis buddies know that I'm available to string their racquets if they want...no cost, just gimme the string and your damn racquet and leave me alone! :D

tennis&racquetball89
11-19-2006, 07:34 AM
Your machine looks pretty sweet! I'm thinking about getting the same one as you except with the spring tensioner. Good luck with all your stringin!!!

Redflea
11-19-2006, 11:14 AM
Your machine looks pretty sweet! I'm thinking about getting the same one as you except with the spring tensioner. Good luck with all your stringin!!!

Thanks!

Are you referring to the Revo 4000? Some owners of that model have posted here...they seemed to really like it. If I had set my budget higher that would have been on my very short list.

If you have any questions, call the folks at Alpha...they are very nice, knowledgable, and happy to answer any questions...

bmichaelia
11-20-2006, 11:32 AM
BTW: Check out my update to my mounting of the Alpha to my cart here...

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=1071724#post1071724

I think you should jump the gun and get your Alpha now. What if they run out before you order!? ;)



:) Redflea - Thanks for the suggestion! I just checked with Greg, and they were down to 6, so I ordered my Christmas present today. But I'll be patient and not open it yet.-

Redflea
11-20-2006, 12:24 PM
:) Redflea - Thanks for the suggestion! I just checked with Greg, and they were down to 6, so I ordered my Christmas present today. But I'll be patient and not open it yet.-

That's great! :) I was half-kidding, but I guess it turned out to be a good thing.

I really think we're going to pressure you to open it early, if only to confirm that everything is in the box, and it all fits together. Wouldn't want to open it on Christmas day and find out that something was missing, or you needed some help w/some issue.

Are you going to be cart shopping as well, or putting it on a table in the house?

bmichaelia
11-21-2006, 07:11 AM
That's great! :) I was half-kidding, but I guess it turned out to be a good thing.

I really think we're going to pressure you to open it early, if only to confirm that everything is in the box, and it all fits together. Wouldn't want to open it on Christmas day and find out that something was missing, or you needed some help w/some issue.

Are you going to be cart shopping as well, or putting it on a table in the house?

:D I'm commanded to not open it 'til Christmas. With the good CS I've been reading about in these threads, I'm sure they'd send me any part that wasn't there, or was broken in shipment, so I'm not worried about that.

To start with, I'm going to keep it in a closet and lug it out to a kitchen island counter top and see how that goes. If it turns out to be too much of a hassle, I'll get a small cart, and maybe use it in the family room.

federermcenroeagassi
12-10-2006, 07:15 AM
redflea, i think im going to save up a bit more and buy this machine. any word on how you've find it so far for stringing? im probably gonna be more than a newbie at stringing than you, so im interested to hear how you held out... thanks :)

Redflea
12-10-2006, 07:46 AM
redflea, i think im going to save up a bit more and buy this machine. any word on how you've find it so far for stringing? im probably gonna be more than a newbie at stringing than you, so im interested to hear how you held out... thanks :)

You can't be more of a newbie than I was...I strung my first racquet ever w/my Pioneer DC Plus just a few weeks ago... :D

It's been a great machine for me, I'm really pleased with the quality of it, the support from Alpha, and the predictable results I'm getting. I've strung my own racquets multiple times, and those of my son and my wife as well, and have been able to work easily w/various multis and gut. (Haven't done any poly yet, as no one in the family is using poly yet.) It's a gift (from me, to me) that keeps on giving... :)

The combination of helpful people here and in the Strings and Stringing forum, and the folks at AlphaTennis made it easy to get up and stringing. If you call Alpha after your machine arrives, they'll talk you through getting your first string job going if you want them to. They are very happy to help out, and I've never had any problems getting someone on the phone or via email at Alpha. Another great resource that I've depended on is this great site w/info and pics of knots:

http://www.keohi.com/tennis/misc/knots.htm

Basically, if you review the docs that come w/the stringer, ask any questions that come up here or of the Alpha guys, and check out the info on knots, it's kind of hard (even for me!) to screw up. ;)

The only other advice I'd have is get a set or two of some cheap string (like Prince syn gut) to practice with on your first string job. I did that at the recommendation of the local shop I deal with, and it was a very good idea...the syn gut is very easy to work with, and they sold it to me for $4 so that stringing it, hitting a few balls to confirm it worked, and then cutting it out was a cheap way to get past my first string job heebeejeebees w/out worrying about ruining a $15 set of strings.

Redflea
12-10-2006, 07:48 AM
:D I'm commanded to not open it 'til Christmas. With the good CS I've been reading about in these threads, I'm sure they'd send me any part that wasn't there, or was broken in shipment, so I'm not worried about that.

To start with, I'm going to keep it in a closet and lug it out to a kitchen island counter top and see how that goes. If it turns out to be too much of a hassle, I'll get a small cart, and maybe use it in the family room.

You're a stronger man than I...if I had a new stringer in a closet at home, I'd be sneaking it out, assembling it, stringing racquets, dissassembling it, and then putting it back in the closet.

Well, maybe not, but I'd dream about doing that... ;)

federermcenroeagassi
12-10-2006, 11:49 AM
You can't be more of a newbie than I was...I strung my first racquet ever w/my Pioneer DC Plus just a few weeks ago... :D

It's been a great machine for me, I'm really pleased with the quality of it, the support from Alpha, and the predictable results I'm getting. I've strung my own racquets multiple times, and those of my son and my wife as well, and have been able to work easily w/various multis and gut. (Haven't done any poly yet, as no one in the family is using poly yet.) It's a gift (from me, to me) that keeps on giving... :)

The combination of helpful people here and in the Strings and Stringing forum, and the folks at AlphaTennis made it easy to get up and stringing. If you call Alpha after your machine arrives, they'll talk you through getting your first string job going if you want them to. They are very happy to help out, and I've never had any problems getting someone on the phone or via email at Alpha. Another great resource that I've depended on is this great site w/info and pics of knots:

http://www.keohi.com/tennis/misc/knots.htm

Basically, if you review the docs that come w/the stringer, ask any questions that come up here or of the Alpha guys, and check out the info on knots, it's kind of hard (even for me!) to screw up. ;)

The only other advice I'd have is get a set or two of some cheap string (like Prince syn gut) to practice with on your first string job. I did that at the recommendation of the local shop I deal with, and it was a very good idea...the syn gut is very easy to work with, and they sold it to me for $4 so that stringing it, hitting a few balls to confirm it worked, and then cutting it out was a cheap way to get past my first string job heebeejeebees w/out worrying about ruining a $15 set of strings.


redflea, thanks for the great advice! my dad agreed that it would be better to get a more functionable machine rather than spend less than 200 for a crappy one (not crappy that it cant get the job done, but crappy that it will take much longer, waste more of your time, and wont be that great of a job).

im interested now in this alpha or the laserfibre dropweight. im interested in the laserfibre because it, like alpha, has good customer support, but when your stringing, the dropweight doesnt exactly have to be horizontal, it can be off, and still get accruate results. downside is the cost. so how is dropweight of the alpha? thanks

varuscelli
12-10-2006, 12:21 PM
im interested now in this alpha or the laserfibre dropweight. im interested in the laserfibre because it, like alpha, has good customer support...

Oooo, now there's a touchy subject (of late, anyway). :confused:

Not so much the customer support on the part of LaserFibre after you get the machine, but I don't know when I last heard someone say, "My LaserFibre has arrived." :(

Mr.Federer
12-10-2006, 12:38 PM
Oh what an exciting day it was....

Some pics for those of you considering the Alpha Pioneer DC.

The machine is just beautiful in person, solid as a rock, and very easy to set up and "assemble" (slide a few pieces on) out of the box. Came with 8 packages of Alpha string (you can choose which ones you want, but I just asked for a selection of their strings to give them a try), needle-nose and cutting pliers, awl, several allen wrenches for adjusting the Alpha, and several small springs and small yellow plastic pieces that I'm not sure what are for...I assume replacement parts for the Alpha.

The Alpha is heavy, as expected, but the smiple kitchen cart I bought at Target holds it very nicely, almost like it was made for it.

I have no idea what I'm doing, and unfortunately, the instructions that come with the Alpha aren't quite enough for a true beginner (at least this true beginner) to get started actually doing a string job...the picture at the end below is just one of my already strung racquets in place. So no comments yet on actually using the thing to string a racquet, unfortunately. But it looks like it'll be easy to use...

<EDIT> I called Alpha and spoke w/Mark...extremely helpful on the phone regarding the stringing process, took a lot of time with me (talking me down from the ledge of newbie fear) and I am now ready to try my first string job tonight or tomorrow!

It looks sweet, feels great, and I just bet I'm gonna be stringing like a madman soon.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/RedfleaBucket/HPIM0598Medium.jpg








Cool, is that a miracle blade scissors?

federermcenroeagassi
12-10-2006, 12:42 PM
Oooo, now there's a touchy subject (of late, anyway). :confused:

Not so much the customer support on the part of LaserFibre after you get the machine, but I don't know when I last heard someone say, "My LaserFibre has arrived." :(

thanks for the info... ya i did a search, and it does seem a bit touchy... lol

varuscelli
12-10-2006, 12:56 PM
thanks for the info... ya i did a search, and it does seem a bit touchy... lol

When I was doing stringing machine research (before I ended up with a Gamma 6004), my choices in the price range of $600 or less had been narrowed down to the LaserFibre MS200TT or the Alpha Revo 4000.

Had the LaserFibre actually been available, I might be using one right now. But the company's forecasted availability and actual availability never matched up (an to date, still have not).

Thus, my first choice was shifting rapidly to the Alpha Revo 4000. Had I not run into an unusually good deal on the Gamma 6004, I would definitely be using the Alpha Revo 4000 right now. I was that close on the final choice (for me).

Redflea's choice on his Pioneer dropweight stringing machine was a solid one and well thought out. Looks like a really fine choice in its price/quality range. If you wanted to take it up one notch from there, you might also consider the Alpha Revo 4000. But until LaserFibre actually starts shipping...well, you can fill in the blank. I personally feel that their hands are tied, but that doesn't make the machines any more readily available.

federermcenroeagassi
12-10-2006, 04:25 PM
k i have an idea, im going to save for the Alpha Pioneer DC... I'll sell my XBox, a handheld that i have from 2 years ago, which in total will probably get me ~$250 (i hope...), and then wait till my birthday in february, and pay partially for it. so it will be partially bday, and my own money, and partially xmas present... now for the 2 month wait.... ;D

btw if the machine sucks redflea... then its completely YOUR fault :) haha just kidding, i'd just sell it, lol

Redflea
12-10-2006, 05:24 PM
Cool, is that a miracle blade scissors?

Funny you should ask...though they aren't miracle blade (never heard of that, actually) they are a favored household item of mine.

They are made by J.A. Henckels, and were a wedding gift. They are, without a doubt, the best scissors I've ever used/owned. They cut through anything we throw at them, clean up perfectly, and have a great balance and heft in the hand.

My wife and I agree that they are the most useful and long-lived gift we've ever received. We got a lot of interesting and cool stuff when we got married, but those scissors are the one that is still here (like us!) after almost 20 years of daily use... :)

Redflea
12-10-2006, 05:36 PM
k i have an idea, im going to save for the Alpha Pioneer DC... I'll sell my XBox, a handheld that i have from 2 years ago, which in total will probably get me ~$250 (i hope...), and then wait till my birthday in february, and pay partially for it. so it will be partially bday, and my own money, and partially xmas present... now for the 2 month wait.... ;D

btw if the machine sucks redflea... then its completely YOUR fault :) haha just kidding, i'd just sell it, lol

I think mom and dad need to cough up the cash for you now (let's see some of that holiday spirit!!). Plus, then you can get stringing and earn some dough to pay them back, take them to dinner, pay the mortgage... :)

Believe me, it does not suck in any way, and you'll be very happy with it. I'm lovin' mine. In fact, if you get it and it does suck in any way, just say so and I'll send you $50 in free strings...how's that for a guarantee!

federermcenroeagassi
12-10-2006, 05:46 PM
In fact, if you get it and it does suck in any way, just say so and I'll send you $50 in free strings...how's that for a guarantee!

haha thanks for being a nice guy, but i wouldnt accept a guarantee... whether the machine is good or not has nothing to do with you, therefore you shouldnt be responsible :) its a free country, i can follow your advice or not follow it, but its my problem... or gain ;) lol but thanks, and i think im definitely sticking to this machine.

just one more question:
when you order it, what choices of string do you have from them? or any other freeby things...

thanks a lot!

Redflea
12-10-2006, 06:14 PM
haha thanks for being a nice guy, but i wouldnt accept a guarantee... whether the machine is good or not has nothing to do with you, therefore you shouldnt be responsible :) its a free country, i can follow your advice or not follow it, but its my problem... or gain ;) lol but thanks, and i think im definitely sticking to this machine.

just one more question:
when you order it, what choices of string do you have from them? or any other freeby things...

thanks a lot!

Very well said...posts like yours reaffirm my faith in the younger generation. Seriously...

Alpha includes $50 in free strings...I took a pic of what I got, which was an assortment, it's at the start of this thread. Ended up being 8 sets. I wasn't too familiar w/Alpha strings so I told Mark what I was currently using and asked him to make me a custom "variety pack" of Alpha strings to try a few similar and a few different. :)

So that's one thing you might think about in advance, which Alpha strings to ask for. Newtechtennis has a listing of Alpha strings, and TW sells some as well. The listing on the Alphatennis site and the newtechtennis site (which is alpha's retail site) don't match up...their one weakness (which they awknowledged to me) is that they need to do an update of the alpha tennis site, and haven't gotten it done yet.

I've tried Alpha Sphere, a multi of theirs and was quite surprised by how good it is, I liked it quite a lot...very comfortable, nice power/feel balance, good spin, easy to "trust" the string and hit out. My wife is using Max Comfort (I think that's the name) and also likes it...I haven't hit with it, but she was using Technifibre X-1 Biphase before, one of the best multis out there IMHO, and she has transitioned to the Max Comfort w/out skipping a beat...still spanks the ball really well, and generates the same level of spin as before w/the X-1. Prodigy is also supposed to very nice (Steve Huff, who posts in the Strings and Stringing forum recommended it.)
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llamalordoftennis
12-14-2006, 12:26 PM
Wait so....you called alpha directly and then ordered from them? Not through newtechtennis? If I ordered through newtechtennis would I get 50 in strings or no..? Or do I have to call them directly and order it?

LttlElvis
12-14-2006, 01:40 PM
Alpha and newtechtennis are the same company. Newtechtennis is their sales division. Call up Alpha and they will refer you to newtechtennis to see their sales website. Alpha is in Austin, TX.

llamalordoftennis
12-14-2006, 03:32 PM
...that did not answer my question at all. I'm asking if I ordered from newtechtennis.com which is alpha's sales division. Would I still get the 50 bucks in strings or do I have to call alpha and order by phone instead of internet to get that?

Redflea
12-14-2006, 03:40 PM
I ordered by calling Mark at Alpha Tennis and got the $50 in strings. He'll talk to you about the strings and you can confirm which ones you want. Plus, they're really nice people. :)

I don't have any idea how it works w/ordering from newtech...but you could call Mark and ask about that. :)

llamalordoftennis
12-14-2006, 10:46 PM
alright thanks a lot (:

meh
01-01-2007, 08:23 PM
Redflea, how has your cart been holding up? I purchased the same model from Target, but it looks like the stringing machine exceeds the weight limit of the cart. It also seems a bit unstable, so I'd like to hear some of your experiences before I take the drill to it and render it unreturnable.

Tour 90
01-03-2007, 03:31 PM
That is a nice looking machine you have there Redflea, congrats!

Redflea
01-03-2007, 04:08 PM
Redflea, how has your cart been holding up? I purchased the same model from Target, but it looks like the stringing machine exceeds the weight limit of the cart. It also seems a bit unstable, so I'd like to hear some of your experiences before I take the drill to it and render it unreturnable.

Yeah, it does exceed the suggested limit, but I've never seen or felt anything that led me to believe that the cart couldn't handle it.

The feeling of "solidity" (is that a word?!) :) did increase when I attached everything together via my mod. Before I did that, I was carefull when rolling it around...but only because I was afraid I'd hit a rock or something w/one of the wheels and if I had too much speed I'd tip it over, it is tall and relatively "thin." But I wasn't ever worried the cart couldn't hold the machine. :)

I don't think you'll be disappointed by it in the long term...I'm still very happy with it, and would do it again.

Redflea
01-03-2007, 04:09 PM
That is a nice looking machine you have there Redflea, congrats!

What can I say, it's my other cutie-pie. (After my wife.) ;)

meh
01-03-2007, 04:36 PM
Yeah, it does exceed the suggested limit, but I've never seen or felt anything that led me to believe that the cart couldn't handle it.

The feeling of "solidity" (is that a word?!) :) did increase when I attached everything together via my mod. Before I did that, I was carefull when rolling it around...but only because I was afraid I'd hit a rock or something w/one of the wheels and if I had too much speed I'd tip it over, it is tall and relatively "thin." But I wasn't ever worried the cart couldn't hold the machine. :)

I don't think you'll be disappointed by it in the long term...I'm still very happy with it, and would do it again.
Thanks, I'll start fixing the machine to the cart then.

Redflea
01-03-2007, 09:00 PM
Thanks, I'll start fixing the machine to the cart then.

Happy customizing! :)

I presume you saw my posts on the Stand thread about the mod...the bolt size I used was 8mm, 1.25 x 40mm, that length worked well for me.

Pics start at post #30 on this page of the thread.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=104833&page=2

ukce
07-18-2007, 11:21 AM
I just ordered my Pioneer DC! I can't wait!

Vitaly Evchenkov
07-20-2007, 07:00 AM
on the Alpha DC, with the linear gripper on a dropweight, how do you adjust the string if the bar drops too far down?
(i have a ratcheting rotational gamma dropweight)

jaykay
02-23-2008, 05:43 AM
RedFlea: How has this Pioneer DC Plus been treating you thus far? Still feeling good about this machine? I ask you this because I STILL haven't plonked down money on this stringer and your strong recommendation has been influencing me for a while. This machine has been on the top of my 'objects of desire' wishlist for many months now (!).

jaykay
02-25-2008, 10:41 AM
Yeah, it does exceed the suggested limit, but I've never seen or felt anything that led me to believe that the cart couldn't handle it.

The feeling of "solidity" (is that a word?!) :) did increase when I attached everything together via my mod. Before I did that, I was carefull when rolling it around...but only because I was afraid I'd hit a rock or something w/one of the wheels and if I had too much speed I'd tip it over, it is tall and relatively "thin." But I wasn't ever worried the cart couldn't hold the machine. :)

I don't think you'll be disappointed by it in the long term...I'm still very happy with it, and would do it again.

Redflea: This cart is no longer avlbl at Target. Would you have any other alternative suggestions? (your free advice would be most appreciated).

jaykay
02-25-2008, 10:41 AM
RedFlea: How has this Pioneer DC Plus been treating you thus far? Still feeling good about this machine? I ask you this because I STILL haven't plonked down money on this stringer and your strong recommendation has been influencing me for a while. This machine has been on the top of my 'objects of desire' wishlist for many months now (!).

---bump---

phamster
02-26-2008, 05:46 PM
very nice thread and great pictures of the table top conversion to target stand..

nice stand too.. 3 tier containers too.. wow.. how many reels of string can fit in them? maybe 10-15 tops.. nice !!!

phamster

stox
02-26-2008, 07:01 PM
Jay, I know I'm not redflea but I got an Alpha Pioneer DC+ for Christmas and I am completely happy with it. Besides a few blips at first getting used to the mechanical aspect of the machine (some tightening issues) I am very happy with it. I have strung around 30 racquets so far. By the way, both the guys at Alpha are great. I've dealt with both and I must say they are very willing to help and other companies should model their customer service after these guys.

jaykay
02-28-2008, 12:27 PM
Jay, I know I'm not redflea but I got an Alpha Pioneer DC+ for Christmas and I am completely happy with it. Besides a few blips at first getting used to the mechanical aspect of the machine (some tightening issues) I am very happy with it. I have strung around 30 racquets so far. By the way, both the guys at Alpha are great. I've dealt with both and I must say they are very willing to help and other companies should model their customer service after these guys.


Thanks Stox.

What if I buy the P_DC+ and relocate out of the country (to Australia)? How would I avail of the outstanding customer service of AlphaTennis and get Mark to walk me through my initial teething hiccups and noob fears? Has anybody done this before?

ATXtennisaddict
04-14-2008, 08:39 AM
holy crap, i just discovered alpha is...in ATX!

ATXtennisaddict
04-15-2008, 12:16 PM
Just picked up my Pioneer DC Plus. Gonna go home, assemble it, learn how to use it. Mark told me YuLittle is creating some youtube video manual so hopefully that will help me out.

Redflea
04-15-2008, 03:16 PM
---bump---

Sorry, just saw this.

Still love it, I actually posted another thread on that a week or two back. :)

It's clear to me that I made a good decision w/the Alpha. I recommend it highly.

Redflea
04-15-2008, 03:18 PM
Just picked up my Pioneer DC Plus. Gonna go home, assemble it, learn how to use it. Mark told me YuLittle is creating some youtube video manual so hopefully that will help me out.

Congrats! Nice to have it nearby, you're lucky, I had to wait for mine to arrive via shipping. :)

The yulitle videos are an excellent source of stringing basics.

Redflea
04-15-2008, 03:34 PM
Redflea: This cart is no longer avlbl at Target. Would you have any other alternative suggestions? (your free advice would be most appreciated).

Bummer, it's an excellent stringing machine stand. :(

Target does have this unit, but it has fixed shelves rather than sliding baskets. It's 33.5Hx22.5Lx13.25W vs. 34Hx21Lx15W for mine.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41QFQ7X735L._SS260_.jpg

http://www.target.com/3-Tier-Rolling-Cart/dp/B000063SI0/sr=1-2/qid=1208301660/ref=sr_1_2/601-3940490-2014554?ie=UTF8&index=target&rh=k%3Arolling%20cart&page=1

It would be worthwhile looking at Walmart and Sears/Kmart for similar units, most likely.

Having used mine for a while now I really appreciate the storage it provides, the ease of rolling it about the house, and the stability w/the stringer bolted to the top shelf. Height is also very important...mine is 34" inches high, I'm 6'2", and I am very comfortable w/the height. The base of the Pioneer DC Plus is about 13" long by 8 1/2" wide, so that would easily fit the cart pictured above. Add a few plastic trays on the shelves to hold strings, grips, & misc. supplies and you're good. :)

ATXtennisaddict
04-16-2008, 04:09 PM
what are the 2 blue extra clamp looking things for?

YULitle
04-16-2008, 06:09 PM
what are the 2 blue extra clamp looking things for?

They are flying clamps for stringing badminton racquets.

ATXtennisaddict
04-17-2008, 09:13 PM
can someone for the love of God post a video on how to use the alpha pioneer dc? I can't figure out how to string using this thing. The manual blows.

Why can't companies record a video of someone stringing racquets and burning them on a CD or DVD or something, put it online or something.

yulitle's vids are good but are not specific to using this machine.

ATXtennisaddict
04-18-2008, 05:13 AM
or at least post pictures of how to use the stringer (starting the mains,crosses)

stox
04-18-2008, 09:36 AM
When I ordered mine Mark sent me a couple videos in a email that explained some of the basics when using it. I'm pretty sure I still have them if you want to leave your email address then I'll get them to you. If not email alpha and ask them for the videos.

ATXtennisaddict
04-18-2008, 10:53 AM
When I ordered mine Mark sent me a couple videos in a email that explained some of the basics when using it. I'm pretty sure I still have them if you want to leave your email address then I'll get them to you. If not email alpha and ask them for the videos.

hey stox, mark sent me one video and a colored pdf showing the releasing of the clutch.

Any other videos he sent you? t3nchi@gmail.com

Redflea
04-18-2008, 02:49 PM
ATX...Post specific questions about what seems confusing.

The main issue is likely that it's a lot simpler than you think it is. :) I was initialy very worried about doing something wrong, but the process is really very basic/simple.

Have you watched the yulitle videos on Youtube? Lots of good stuff there...he's not using a drop-weight, but a lot of what he shows is still applicable.

ATXtennisaddict
04-18-2008, 07:27 PM
ATX...Post specific questions about what seems confusing.

The main issue is likely that it's a lot simpler than you think it is. :) I was initialy very worried about doing something wrong, but the process is really very basic/simple.

Have you watched the yulitle videos on Youtube? Lots of good stuff there...he's not using a drop-weight, but a lot of what he shows is still applicable.

redflea, maybe u could take pics of the stringing process using the machine.

Redflea
04-18-2008, 10:02 PM
Unfortunately, I'm not planning any stringing for a while...over the past couple of weeks I did, let's see, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 racquets. Three of mine, and one each for my son, wife, and a friend of my son's. I'm exhausted. :) (And also out of racquets to string.)

I really think that if you look at the docs that came w/the stringer and a couple of yulittle's videos you'll be fine.

You also know you can call mark for a verbal walk-through, right? I did that early on and it was a great help...even over the phone it was a great support option. Send him an email or call him and find a time when you're both available.

Hewitt Aussie
04-19-2008, 07:21 AM
redflea, maybe u could take pics of the stringing process using the machine.

just look at almerickso's videos, he uses a gamma x-2 dropweight.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJxLaRXDkZw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcjvQxhqXD4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUIdZxC8qGo&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktxcs5dUoE8&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvQoLTMVo7o&feature=related

dart_guy
04-20-2008, 04:49 PM
This thread helped me a lot when I got my Pioneer DC+.
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=169082

ATXtennisaddict
04-21-2008, 12:34 PM
I managed to string my first racquet on this stringer last week. I started out like yulitle's video : tension 2 strings at once, then clamp one which is the "anchor".

Is that right?

YULitle
04-21-2008, 12:38 PM
That's how I do it, at least. :D

Redflea
04-21-2008, 01:28 PM
I managed to string my first racquet on this stringer last week. I started out like yulitle's video : tension 2 strings at once, then clamp one which is the "anchor".

Is that right?

Victory!

Congrats...it's all downhill and hot chocolate from here (as my skiing buddy likes to say). :)

Now you'll have to deal with "stringing disease," in which you find yourself re-stringing your racquets at the flimsiest excuse, i.e., "I bet it would be better if I increased the tension by 2 lbs and changed the cross string to (fill in the blank)." :D

Mansewerz
05-13-2008, 02:27 PM
redflea, i'm looking into this machine a lot. Is it really that worth it and are you still enjoying yours or looking for a new one?

baek57
05-13-2008, 08:37 PM
i just got mine... instead of a $50 string pack they gave me a reel of alpha gut 2000 16g. it says 100M or 3300 feet. is this right? thats like $500 worth of string going by the TW price for a single pack of 39 ft. i havent hit with it yet but if i like it then id say i got more than i bargained for.

edit: i realized 100M is only 330 feet, so i will assume it is a typo with an extra zero, which would make it actually only $50 which is what is supposed to be.

danb
05-14-2008, 08:52 AM
Nice, doubles up as a mount for carving the turkey ... the clamps will hold it down well when struggling to cut off the drumstick. ;)

Have fun!

LOL :):):)

Mansewerz
05-14-2008, 11:45 AM
redflea, i'm looking into this machine a lot. Is it really that worth it and are you still enjoying yours or looking for a new one?

Bump to this Q redflea.

babolatisduhbomb
08-26-2008, 07:23 PM
how much was it?

TheRed
08-28-2008, 07:37 AM
Red... you live anywhere near New Jersey? Could use a stringer that will give me a break on price... if i supply the margaritas!

Very nice pics... man i want one!

do you live in jersey city?

b0oMeR
08-28-2008, 02:37 PM
Hmmm... I've been arguing with myself to decide whether to choose this one or the Revo 4000.

Redflea how fast can you string? ( note: i have never strung a racquet)

BCEagle01
08-28-2008, 03:08 PM
Hmmm... I've been arguing with myself to decide whether to choose this one or the Revo 4000.

Redflea how fast can you string? ( note: i have never strung a racquet)

I finish in 40 minutes with my Pioneer, not including cutting my string and mounting. That may add another 5 minutes. You start off slow but as you gain experience it becomes much easier. Very addicting though.

VolleyDrop
03-01-2009, 02:19 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mansewerz
redflea, i'm looking into this machine a lot. Is it really that worth it and are you still enjoying yours or looking for a new one?

Bump to this Q redflea.

Double-bump this quote to readflea... what do you think now?

william7gr
03-01-2009, 09:48 AM
Quote:




Double-bump this quote to readflea... what do you think now?

Don't be surprised if he doesn't answer he hasn't posted since early november.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/search.php?searchid=4870511

VolleyDrop
03-01-2009, 10:45 AM
I wonder if he's ok.

Bud
03-01-2009, 10:57 AM
I wonder if he's ok.

His original post was nearly 2 1/2 years ago and he's not been to the TT boards in nearly 4 months. Cut him some slack :)

His last activity: Last Activity: 11-14-2008 08:31 PM

john_ga
03-01-2009, 02:54 PM
I just received my DC Plus last week and wonder if I'd be happier with the Revo 4000. I have 30 days to decide. What would be the pluses of one stringer over another beside speed. I'll probably just do my racquets, but that could change in the future. In either case, I wouldn't be stringing many.

william7gr
03-01-2009, 05:07 PM
I wonder if he's ok.

Maybe he got a life, thats what we need :D

Bud
03-01-2009, 05:26 PM
Maybe he got a life, thats what we need :D

Agreed!!

:lol::lol::lol:

VolleyDrop
03-02-2009, 03:24 AM
Agreed!!

:lol::lol::lol:


I'm just startin' out, but I know what you mean!! :shock:

frank87
03-02-2009, 12:21 PM
My alpha pioneer came in also a few days ago. I couldnt be any more happier with it. Enjoy.

Redflea
05-03-2009, 07:27 PM
Don't be surprised if he doesn't answer he hasn't posted since early november.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/search.php?searchid=4870511

I wonder if he's ok.

His original post was nearly 2 1/2 years ago and he's not been to the TT boards in nearly 4 months. Cut him some slack :)

His last activity: Last Activity: 11-14-2008 08:31 PM

Maybe he got a life, thats what we need :D

Agreed!!

:lol:

I'm ALIVE!! :D

And yes - I did get a life for a while but seem to have lost it again recently...hence I'm back and posting a bit again.

Just strung up some racquets a week or so ago, and still love my Alpha DC Plus!

VolleyDrop
05-04-2009, 03:18 AM
Hey Redfea! Good to hear from you. I got a DC+ and like it very much, too.

Redflea
05-04-2009, 08:57 AM
Glad to hear it. :) It is really great to be pretty much injury free at the moment. Spent several months playing very little/intermittently due to various injuries/ailments, which in part lead to my absence from this board for a while.

Sure takes a long time to heal when you get up into your late 40's. :(

Getting old sucks, but I guess it beats the alternative... ;)

VolleyDrop
05-04-2009, 09:57 AM
I know about that age and injuries! I injure myself and am out for 3 or 4 weeks, then right back at it again. Addictive, plus I never learn... :-?

leafscat
12-07-2009, 10:12 AM
I recently have joined the stringing world! After much reading and research (much of it on this board) I also went with the Alpha Pioneer DC Plus. Ordered Wednesday and received Friday.
Strung three racquets this weekend and was surprised how easy it was. I had checked out many of the YULitle video's before receiving the machine. For a newbie the video's sometimes look a little intimidating. Once you finally get your hands on a machine, it all (for the most part) makes sense.

I considered taking pictures to post as Redflea had. However, I couldn't see anything that has changed. Even the scissors I used were the same ;-).
I did receive an additional tool (a string puller?) and the machine now comes with an instructional DVD by YULitle using the Alpha machines (Pioneer and REVO).

Another thing that hasn't changed is the price. For $429, the $50 string and grip package is still part of the deal (I received an assortment (8 packages) plus 10 packs of the nylon to practice with and 9 overgrips). Shipping is currently included in the price as well. As many have mentioned interaction with Mark and his responsiveness were great. I have had no need to contact Alpha since delivery as everything seems to be working as advertised.

So far, I am thoroughly enjoying the machine and would like to thank everyone who has contributed on the board. For a niche item it would be almost impossible to make an educated choice without all of your input. I specifically would like to thank Redflea, YULitle, Mansewerz (would have went Stringway if not for the price), COPEY, jim e and diredesire. Keep posting I'm certain there are more newbie lurkers like myself who are benefitting from everyone's experience.

COPEY
12-07-2009, 09:15 PM
Congrats, leafscat - glad to hear you like your machine. I never thought I'd like stringing racquets as much as I do, so it's been kind of a nice surprise. Glad to hear your transaction went silky-smooth, but I honestly can't say I'm surprised.

Have fun trying out all the new string!

Spatula
12-09-2009, 09:18 AM
Just to point out, this machine can accept the WISE upgrade as well with the bracket from Herb. I saw a thread on it recently as well. So it can be upgraded to constant pull....

VGP
12-09-2009, 10:36 AM
So it can be upgraded to constant pull....

You might want to rephrase that.....

Spatula
12-09-2009, 02:29 PM
You might want to rephrase that.....

If I made a mistake, feel free to correct me instead of pointless comments as such.

http://http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=292920&highlight=wise+alpha pictures are at the bottom.

VGP
12-09-2009, 04:08 PM
Didn't mean to offend. My comment as such was not pointless.

What I mean is an Alpha DC plus being a dropweight is already a constant pull machine. So, by adding a Wise, you're "upgrading" to a different constant pull.

giantschwinn
06-21-2011, 09:04 AM
I want to thank everybody who has contributed to this thread. I was deciding between Eagnas combo 710 and alpha pioneer dc plus, and this thread made me go with the alpha.

Paid $429 for the machine. Shipping is included. It came with tools, an assortment of 15 and 16 gauge strings, plus an instruction video on dvd. The alpha's web sale arm n e w t e c h t e n n i s. c o m is down and can't take web orders. I ended up calling them directly and placed an order over the phone.

Strung up my very first string job last night. It took me 2 hours. Most time is spend watching how to tie off the knots. Great instruction video.

The build quality of the machine is first rate.

QuadCam
04-03-2012, 09:54 AM
great thread.

I have decided it is time to buy a stringer once again. Back in high school (over 20 years ago), I bought a klippermate and used it then and also in college. I was breaking strings on a daily basis (refused to play with Prince ProBlend) and my klippermate got alot of use. It worked great; I only strung my own racquets and I had it dialed in.

then..........I stopped playing for a long time, and I ended up throwing my klippermate in the dumpster one day when moving from a condo to a house.

I have recently gotten back into playing again. Even with using Lux Big Banger, I still break strings, but not like I used to. Now, maybe it is only once every 3 weeks. But, I would like to experiment with all the new strings out now and try some hybrid setups.

As such, I was looking for a new stringer. I was pretty set on the Gamma version of this stringer, but after reading this thread and some others, the Alpha is the way to go! Too bad, they are sold out for the next few weeks.

oldcity
04-03-2012, 04:38 PM
I'm loving mine so far. Only had it afew months. Out?? Have you checked new tech tennis.com? If you buy one I'd recommend grabbing the alpha starting clamp too. Makes life easier. Used it on every frame since I got it and saved me once when I came up short on a string.

Gamma Tech
04-04-2012, 06:42 AM
I noticed a few posts mentioning that you're new to stringing. I have a copy of the USRSA "Getting Started" stringing guide in an electronic format that I can send you. If you're interested in a copy shoot me your email address at cad@gammasports.com

QuadCam
04-05-2012, 01:32 PM
just ordered the Alpha Pioneer DC Plus today!. Happy easter to me. lol

Redflea
04-14-2012, 09:47 PM
Did it show up? Is life good? :)

Ramon
04-15-2012, 06:27 AM
I just got mine a few days ago. I already practiced on 4 racquets. I'm very happy with it. The tensioning mechanism was easier to use than I anticipated, and I never have to make adjustments to it! I ordered the calibration tool, and I'm off by about 2 lbs. I won't worry about it. I'll just add 2 lbs to my settings.

facingfear
06-01-2012, 10:02 AM
just ordered the Alpha Pioneer DC Plus today!. Happy easter to me. lol
were did you buy the stringer?

Woolybugger
06-01-2012, 10:25 AM
might be out of stock, so try calling http://www.newtechtennis.com/store/
to find out when the next shipment arrives. I think the price is now $469.