I know I posted very prematurely in this area of the forum. I should have done some more reading. Hopefully, my questions will be more specific and appropriate. I have never strung before, but I have high standards and believe I will be able to learn stringing at a decent pace, with good proficiency. The machines I'm considering right now are the Alpha Pioneer DC Plus; the Stringway M(L)90, ML100, ML120; and the Silent Partner Hip Hop. I am, however, certainly open to suggestions. I have a few questions that I'll try to put together sensibly. 1. What advantages does the SP have over the Alpha in terms of it's mounting system? 2. What advantages does the Alpha gripper have over the SP? 3. How do the fixed clamps of the Alpha and SP compare to the Stringways' flying clamps? 4. Of the machines, which pulls and holds tension better with the least damage to the string and the most consistency between jobs? I've been reading a lot, so hopefully this post is better, and I'm sure I'll update it as I read more. EDIT: I am beginning to think the Stringways are out of my price range, but I would certainly still welcome comparisons for reference.