Babolat stringing machines history

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by ericsson, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. ericsson

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    It's a very durable machine but all depends on the condition the machine is in, how much rackets it has strung, maintenance etc...
    So if the price is worth it you could go for it...


    note that it is the mono so with one base clamp!
     
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    The seller asks me for 600€ but i want tell him about 400€ because if the machine go wrong after some months it will be impossible to repair...
     
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    I'm searching Babolat 3001 manual... If someone knows something about it , please contact me... Thanks
     
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    I met a guy who recently got a working Babolat Exclusive. He's looking for a copy of the Manual, specifically how to change it from Kgs to Lbs.
     
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    Apart from multiplying the kilograms by 2.2, what else would he need to know? E.g., 25Kg = 55Lbs (within 0.2%).
     
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    That's what he's doing now, but just in case there was a feature built in to do it.
     
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    Why dont you send Babolat a mail and ask for the manual, i know they still have them...
     
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    Thanks Ericsson! I finally bought this machine and normally one guy will send me the manual these days... Do you have Babolat machine?Model? When i see your racquet collection i'm tottaly impressed? Did you work in the Babolat society?
     
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    No i didnt work for Babolat, i'm not affiliated in any way.
    Yes i have a Babolat machine too, absolutely love it.
     
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    My personal machine

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    That looks like a 4002. I recently met a former Tour Stringer that has one. The bad part is the electronics are broken, it's supposed to be one of two in the US. The other is in the Video Drak posted a while back.
     
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    It's my personal machine and it's a 4502 automatic....
     
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    What's the difference between a 4002 and a 4502?
     
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    The base clamps and turntable. The 4002 has standard lock out base clamps.
    The 4502 has electromagnetic base clamps, extremely easy to work with!
     
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    Maybe it was a 4502 I saw. It was in pieces, but it did have electromagnetic clamps.
     
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    OK, I'm REALLY jealous!. Such a sweet machine. Loves those base clamps. Simply awesome. Please describe in painful detail how bad *** those are to use. That raising tension head is awesome as well.

    Thanks for sharing the photos. If you EVER are even remotely considering selling, please contact me.


    That would probably be Julian. He owns one that is unfortunately broken. However, he still strings on tour. I believe he may be the head of the Yonex string team, and also strings with P1. Real nice guy.
     
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    That's him, I saw it in the floor of his shop. It was in sorry shape. I was talking to him, in maybe trying to fix it, even if it meant reverse engineering the electronics. It's a shame to see a machine like that just sit around like that.
     
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    Too bad the machine is in bad shape and Babolat no longer provides parts/service. These machines are awesome. Much better than the ones that replaced them.
     
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    Thanks Drak, it is a very fine machine, i absolutely love the EM base clamps, so easy to work with...
     
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    Here are some photos (poor ones) of a Babolat Star Machine that I found on CList but the price the guy is asking is pretty unreasonable:

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    ^^nice pics.. Thanks for sharing.

    Did the listing give the condition of the machine? and whats the asking price? Problem with those machines is that parts have been unavailable for a long time, so if it breaks down, you are out of luck.
     
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    I have photos of a friend's Exclusive, but I need permission from him to post them. Also at the time it was missing the string clamp and base. Which he has now. I'll post them as soon as he gives me the OK.
     
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    The asking price is $2800...the table looks awesome though

    http://columbus.craigslist.org/spo/3655995536.html
     
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    Holy F$%&!!! cRaZy!!!! I've seen one year old Baiardo's go for $3,000, and you could buy a Star 5 for about $3500 Brand new with warranty.

    Perhaps the seller is thinking of it as an antique? LOL.
     
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    It was $12,000 more than 20 years ago. I can get a Star 4 for that price and still have some $$ left over.
     
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    LOL That was my first reaction as well. Yeah the only way he may be able to get that price is from some sort of collector who considers it an antique...but I don't see that happening. How much should it reasonably go for?
     
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    Yup. You could probably get lucky and get a Star 4 for under 2k.

    2-3 hundred.
     
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    How much did a Star 4 sell for when they first came out?
     
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    I think they were like 6K. Not sure. The 5502, 4002 and others like it were around 30K.
     
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    I got my then roommate to buy a Star from the country club tennis director where I taught in '90-92. Boss had a crush on the Prince rep lady; so he bought a new P200 and sold the Star for a grand...1990. Still runnin'...a little temperamental, but runnin' :)
     
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    I loved the comment about "Look them up online". Anyone tried looking it up? HAHA!
    That guy is out of his mind. As Drak stated, you can get brand new Star 5 for around $3200-3500 depending on package.
     
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    I live in Columbus and saw that Clist post. I wanted to reply to it but thought otherwise. My reply was going to be in the "ridiculous" asking price category.

    I thought it was just a matter of time before it would hit these boards. If that sells, I'll sell my P200 for $1500!
     
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    My Sensor "Carbon Fiber Edition":

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    It was covered with carbon fiber vinyl because I bought it used (+-US$2k) and it has various signs of use. I actually have to complete the work to make it looks better in my home.
     
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    Cool machine!
     
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    Babolat 3002

    There is a Babolat 3002 on the bay...but the electronics/motherboard seems to be having issues and won't tension but everything else looks great.

    What a shame to see these machines breakdown...:(
     
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    I got mine in 1994 from Tennis Machines Inc. for $5500.
     

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