Gamma X-2

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  1. bladepdb

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    I know a thread similar to what I'm about to post has come up before but I have a few specific questions that I'm just not up for looking through 5 pages to find.

    I'm considering buying between the Gamma X-2 and the Klippermate (Go figure!). My biggest deciding factor is whether the ratchet on the Gamma X-2 really helps that much over the lack of ratchet on the Klipper?

    In addition, I know the support and the manuals on the Klipper are substantially better than the Gamma's. So if I am a pure beginner stringed who has only seen videos of racquet stringing, will it be difficult starting off with the Gamma?

    And finally, how is the durability and effectiveness of the Gamma clamps? I have heard a lot of negative things about their clamps (slipping, bad design, etc.) and I am not willing to pay for "good" clamps since they usually run upwards of $30. I'd rather just buy a Klipper with good clamps (and sacrifice the ratchet system if it doesn't help all that much) than pay extra just for a set of clamps.

    Thanks for your input! Every time I think I want to buy the Klipper I always think I should go for the Gamma because of the ratchet, and then go back to Klipper because of the bad clamps and manauls, and so on and so forth lol! This should help with my decision hopefully :)
     
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  2. YULitle

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    You'll find people who vouch for both, and you've already adressed many of the issues either way. Both should be easy enough to get started stringing with the videos Almerickso and I have put out.

    www.youtube.com/almerickso
    www.youtube.com/yulitle

    With either, start with Almerickso's as his videos are geared more towards 2-pt DW machines. Good luck.
     
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  3. almerickso

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    i think it would be good to buy either machine.

    i haven't tried a klippermate myself but if cant find myself using a dropweight that doesnt ratchet. i just dont see how it can be done without much trial and error.

    as for the clamps, the gamma clamps arent well built. i took off chunks of skin the first time i used them but i modified them and they're quite fast.

    i'm planning to move on to a fixed clamp machine and i find myself having a hard time not having the freedom of movement a flying clamp offers. i digress.

    the gamma clamps are good, if you set the knobs properly before each stringing. you wont get slippage (aside from some drawback) nor marring/pinching of string.

    my videos have some "bad" habits as i made them just a bit after i learned how to string. acquire the better habits from yulitle has improved my stringing consistency and speed

    as for manuals, the gamma comes with the USRSA quick start guide (or something to that effect) which was pretty informative. That, with our videos, will get you to a flying start.

    I may or may not update my videos to include the the better habits i picked up along with way. I may put a new video altogether with the machine i may be getting.

    (btw, yulitle, how's it been? i haven't been in the forums much cuz my internship is keeping me busy. found a machine/cool job yet? :D)
     
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  4. Mansewerz

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    Hey YULitle, can I use your starting mains method for flying clamps on a SP swing? Like, will the swing effectively hold and tension two pieces of string at once??
     
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  5. YULitle

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    I've never tried. The only machine I'm sure won't work (or at least, pretty sure it won't) is the Klipper. Give it a shot. Just be sure not to stack the two strings inside the gripper. Lay them side by side.
     
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  6. YULitle

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    I'm back in school. I did find a cool job, but it's almost over and I'll be needing another soon. School will be priority though. Videos will come to a screeching halt here in a month or so.
     
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  7. almerickso

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    awesome :D
    gotten a new machine? my friend's getting a star 5 shipped from the US. so i would be getting his old machine.
    cant wait. for both haha
     
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  8. nadalfan!

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    Almerickso, getting rid of your x-2???? If so what's the price?
     
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  9. almerickso

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    haha i'm half way across the globe!

    i don think u'd wanna buy it from me lol
     
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  10. nadalfan!

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    If it's really cheap! :D
     
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  11. YULitle

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    Nah, not yet. Got school and stuff. And I'm kind of burnt out on makin videos. What about you? Haven't seen any new videos from you lately... Send me an email sometime about your videos.
     
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  12. bladepdb

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    So anything else about the ratchet system?
     
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  13. almerickso

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    the ratchet system is quite straight forward. i would imagine something mechanical like that to wear out after some time but according to bret (gamma tech) he hasnt seen a worn out (unusable) one with in 5 years.

    if i remember correctly.

    oh yeah. remeber to life the arm all the way up and dont yank the string off the gripper. you'll mar it. just be patient :D
     
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  14. Gamma Tech

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    i've been with GAMMA for 6.5yrs and have never had a problem with any internal parts on a gripper drum.
    bret
     
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  15. hadoken

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    I have strung with both extensively. IMO, Klipper makes the best clamps for entry level machines hands down. I've used Gamma, Alpha and Klipper. However, the Klipper's lack of a ratchet is quite annoying but *useable*. You get used to it.

    The Gamma is very well made but I do agree the clamps are only so so. I had some slippage when I 1st used it, but after I really tightened down on the knob, it held. With my old Alpha clamps, I lined the inside with Babolat head tape and it reduced slippage so you could try that as well. If I had a choice I think I would go with a ratchet head regardless of mfr (ATS, Alpha or Gamma)
     
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  16. almerickso

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    awesome right? :D
     
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  17. Mansewerz

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    Honestly, unless you wish to keep using your stringer forever, the stringer will most likely pay for itself before the warranty runs out. Or it most likely will.
     
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  18. jason n

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    just got my x-2 and strung my first racquet ever and it was pretty easy. the ratchet system is nice and works great and the clamps seem kinda bulky but they worked out pretty well. As an added bonus you get all that free sting (asterisk 16, tnt 16, six assorted syn. gut's, Zo plus, gut 2, and live wire revelation). And you just cant beat the price 139.00 shipped
     
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  19. bladepdb

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    All righty, I think I have made the decision to buy the Gamma X-2. Jason, can you e-mail me where you bought it from for 139 shipped? Most places I'm looking at are 159. Email br.parth@gmail.com . Thanks!

    Thanks for all the input. You guys really helped me make my choice between the Klipper and Gamma. Couldn't have done it without you all!
     
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  20. jason n

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    i have there price list order form that they send and it say's june 2008 prices are guaranteed may 15 thru june 14 and it say's 139.00 so if you call im sure that they should give it to you for that price.
     
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