Alpha Orbitor vs. Babolat Sensor

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by nbalagu, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. nbalagu

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    In past post I possed an incorrect model of Babolat machine, I meant to compare Babolat Sensor to Alpha Orbitor. I was actually looking to get opinions on Babolat Sensor vs Alpha Orbitor. I am wondering if anyone has experience with using Alpha Orbitor. How does the Alpha Orbitor stacks up against Babolat Sensor. I believe that the Orbitor currently cost about $2600 vs. Babolat Sensorcost about $5000. Is it really worth to spend $1400 more to get Babolat Sensor?
     
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  2. David Pavlich

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    I don't use either, but it depends on what your plans are for stringing. Either machine will serve you well, however, the Sensor may be a little smoother and quicker according to some.

    Are you going to string enough frames to justify $2600 for the Orbitor let alone $5000 for a Sensor? I do 100 to 120 frames a month and I chose a Silent Partner Aria back in September to replace my SP DG e. I just did a count and have done 1200+ frames on my Aria without a hiccup.

    When I get to 200 frames a month, I may consider upgrading, but at $1700, my Aria has served me very well.

    David
     
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  3. Gaines Hillix

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    The Sensor is a more sophisticated machine with a great "WOW factor." The frame mount, clamps and tensioning mechanism are all a step above those on the Orbitor, IMO. Is it $2,500 better? That depends on the situation the machines are going to be used in. In high volume shops and at big tournaments, one usually sees Babolat machines versus other brands. Since they are more complex and expensive to begin with, they are also more expensive to repair and there is more to go wrong with them, although they are reliable machines. If the stringing volume justifies the expense or if cost is no object, I'd go with a Sensor.
     
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  4. !Tym

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    Biggest difference would be that the Sensor simply strings tighter than any other stringing machine, because of its clamps. They're perfectly rigid, no flex, drawback, whatever, whatsoever. Almost any good machine has clamps that can avoid crushing the string or slipping, but to completely eliminate the flexing in the clamp base/stem is something else.

    To me, that would be the main reason to get a Sensor. You can legitimately say that this provides the truest tension of any machine.

    For the price, however, I think you'd have to be crazy to buy it unless you had a big name local pro shop or HIGH volume business out of your garage (not likely).

    But then again, if you're a millionaire...who cares, right? Just hire Pete Sampras' stringer, and put him up in your guest house.
     
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  5. !Tym

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    I think ultimately it comes down to how much money you have. If you can easily afford the Sensor, then might as well spend the extra for it as you'll only question yourself later.

    If you have a lot of money, I wouldn't nitpick in the short run, because I think once you get it, you'll forget about it.

    If you're running a high profile pro shop, however, I would definitely go for the Sensor as it's a selling point and just one of those things you should have.

    The mounting on the Orbitor is more than sufficient as is the tensioning, the Sensor would be a little more convenient, but it's not a big enough deal to justify such a cost difference, it's just a slight preference is all. However, the main selling point for the Sensor that other machines cannot match, preference or no preference, are its perfectly rigid clamps. Ask any stringer, and ask him if he'd rather have perfectly rigid clamps or ones with a slight flex in them that varies just a bit from each string pull...and every stringer will go for the perfectly rigid clamps every time. I think on most any machine above $700 or so, the clamps do a good job of being gentle on the string and not slipping, and the mounting is good enough, and the tensioning mechanism is accurate...the difference is mainly little nuances and preferences from machine to machine in this price range, not the end result. HOWEVER, the Sensor is in a category all by itself, because of the rigidity in their clamps under tension. This is what provides truer tension than on any other machine out there right now.

    It's tighter tension, yes, but I also tend to think more accurate tension as well. It's not a big deal to anyone really, UNLESS, you run a high-volume business, and then there's your selling point right there...truest tension of any stringing machine, and we BOUGHT it, lucky us!
     
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