I am finally getting the hang of using this stringer and it took a third try getting my first decent string job. I got a lot of help from the videos posted by some of the forum members on youtube. One thing I still am not sure of is with starting the mains. Most of the videos posted require you to pull the first two main strings together when starting. But these were not for dropweight type stringers. I tried this on x-2 and one string would always slip. One of the videos, this one , shows a starting clamp without any tension pulled. So the question, do you really need tension on the first strings? I would expect them to be tensioned when you are pulling the adjacent string on each side. If it is needed then how do you do it with a dropweight?