First Stringing Machine

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by DownTheLine, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. DownTheLine

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    Hi, I am looking for my first string machine. I am getting a stringing machine because of the fact that stringing is getting to expensive, and I think it would be sweet to know how to string and everything.


    I am looking for a 6-mount machine with fixed clamps for under $400. Yes I know that will be hard to come by or maybe even a 4-mount machine would do.(IDK if they make them just guessing...) I would prefer them to be a drop weight or crank is just fine.

    Thank you for your help!
     
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    I think you are smart to go with fixed clamps, even on your first machine. For <$400.00 you can look at the SP Hip Hop. The Alpha Pioneer DC Plus is just north of your budget and the fixed clamp Gamma Progression II is a bit further north still. All are six-point mounting systems. All are quality drop-weight machines. The SP has a single knob to actuate each pair of side mounts, while the Alpha and Gamma use a separate knob for each arm as I recall. All three companies have top-notch customer service and support. Any of these will serve you well.
     
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  3. Teyko

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    For about a 150.00 more you can an Alpha Revo 4000. After stringing on most crank systems including the Prince Neos, I think it is the best tabletop on the market.
     
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    Where do you think I can look at the SP hip hop?
     
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    The Revo is $599. At that price point there are more options and an entirely new discussion.
     
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    Say if i did go with floating clamps, what would the disadvantage compared to the fixed?
     
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    Are you in the US? If so, I may have some deals I can forward to you if you post your email.
     
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    I have seen used one's for 450.00 range...and I think the easy mounting system and reliability of the machine would certainly be more worthwhile than some of the cheaper models discussed above.

    Just my two cents. I started stringing for Saluki Tennis back in 2000. I learned on a Neos, and have used several Babolat and Technifibre electric stringers for customers' frames...I have found however that the Revo gives comparable results (absent the constant pull of course) in tension, time and feel.
     
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    I do live in the US.

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    I think if I were you I'd edit my post and spam-protect my email.
     
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    Just curious... how is the mounting system and reliability of the Alpha Revo "easier" (or better) than the Alpha Pioneer DC Plus? Or the other machines mentioned, for that matter?
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    I find that the mounting system on the Alpha Revo for instance is more secure than that of say the Gamma X-2 or even a higher end crank machine like the Neos (two point mount). I think that the mounting system of the Revo stabilizes the frame better while tensioning. So while their is inevitably a warping effect on the frame while pulling tension their is less frame movement or sliding.

    I was not trying to compare it to the Alpha Pioneer DC. I was under the assumption that most if not all of the Alpha stringers used the six point mounting system...I could be wrong about that I have only used the Revo and the larger standing model Apex. So I guess in this regard they would be about equal.

    I personally however don't like drop-weight machines...this perhaps is just my personal bias...but if the OP is going to pay 400+ I really think getting a used Revo at 450 or a new one for 600 is just a better bet.
     
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    Alpha makes good product.
     
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