Help with machine decision please, in England

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  1. alexmcnab

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    Hi
    Came across this forum and was hoping for some advice from you folks. I've been using a very old "Top" drop weight for about five years just doing my own rackets. I'm really not that quick at stringing compared with you guys but its been useful to be able to do it myself. I'd like to get into it a bit more, perhaps do a few for people at the club but my "Top" has just about had it.

    I can spend up to £500 ($1000)..I'm looking for ease of use and speed. I may ship from US although quite a few companies I've come across don't ship to UK. The prices here are terrible, for example a Gamma Progression ES II Plus is £900 here compared to $1000 shipped from US!

    I've read a lot about the Revo which everyone raves about and the Gamma Progression ST II seems to have good reviews.

    Appreciate any thoughts on models, or good companies in Europe or the US to deal with. thanks, Alex
     
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  2. iplaybetter

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    if you can get a neos that would be great, maybe an RAB
     
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  3. alexmcnab

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    thanks, I'll look into the Neos,
    Who/what/where is a "RAB"
     
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    The Neos 100 is a good and solid machine and will last years. Cost though ios £1095 + vat.

    RAB - www.r-a-b.com - produce a nice crank machine, and not a Eagnas/Pro's Pro copy. Well made. Cost is £528, for stand up version, £440 for table top version.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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  5. greenflash

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    For under £500!
    I was also thinking of the an upgrade. Have a look at these machines!

    Revelation Ex-757 DC (table)
    Professional Ex-2600 DC (stand)

    From what i have been told these are the same machines but one comes with a stand.

    Peter at http://www.tennis-tech.co.uk/stringingmachines.htm (based in Pinner) swears by this one; and trust me Peter knows his stuff. Peter is where I was first introduced to Pro Supex racquets. I believe that tennis tech only sells the
    Professional Ex-2600 DC (stand) and make sure you negotiate on the price, they are normally flexible. They will give you a lesson on your machine.

    Another person you can try is Gefen. He is also a seasoned racquet technician (bases in N/W London). Gefen sports sell a range of machines. They will give you a lesson on your new machine. www.gefensports.co.uk

    Alternatively you can get this machine at http://www.cordatec.com/stringing_machines.html i have never purchased from this company before so I am not sure about the service. Check out their warrantee....seems very promising. They were also flexible on the price.

    Shout me a holler!
     
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    The Signum Pro looks like a decent machine with a sturdy turn table. The Professional is pretty much a duplicate of the Alpha Axis Pro.
    Both have spring assisted clamp bases but the Signum Pro has 3 tooth clamps.

    For me I would go with the Professional because it is more reliable than a cheap electric. What I am saying is there is more that can go wrong.
     
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  9. Zhou

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    I hope you are kidding. If you aren't you are the biggest idiot on the face of this planet. It looks like it has an extremely flimsy turntable and has quick action bases. And most of all, you never ever upgrade a drop weight with a Wise. You are better off upgrading the entire machine.

    All said the machine you have suggested is a PIECE OF JUNK!
     
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  10. alexmcnab

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    ....lights the blue touch paper and retreats to a safe distance......
     
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  11. Tobago

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    Sorry but IMO as much as it is true a Wise electric tensioner is conceived to replace the manual crank/tension head, and not a drop-weight, as you have rightly pointed out, the Signum Pro 3000 on Keller sports is an authentic German made, excellent quality stringing machine, far better made and more precise than all of the Chinese made hobby machines which are polluting this industry, so your opinion is unfounded and unfair but there again you are giving your opinion on the aspect of the machine on the photo.

    There are so many JUNK MACHINES around at rock bottom prices, it's really a shame to put this machine into the same category of JUNK that you are talking about. As for what looks like "a flimsy turntable" it's not a heavy cast iron block, but very high quality laser cut stainless steel, infinitely lighter, much stronger and stiffer than Eagnas type turntables. Despite its appearence it is a good machine, its just seems to be too expensive, but the value for money is really there, Never-the-less it is a very classical machine.

    For about the same price you could also take a look at another English web site : www.tt-stringer.com where there are some well known Dutch stringing machines which apparantly we are not supposed to talk about on this forum. :confused:

    There is a lot of information about the more technical aspects of the reasons to chose a stringing machine, you may find this helpfull. I found it quite interesting.
     
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    I'm not kidding! Ouu man...how you can say this? You worked allready with this machine? It's better then every other Eagnas or China ****! This machine is made in Germany, the best quality you can get for it's money!
     
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    For £500 probs a St!ngway is best. Im looking at maybe getting one soon-ish
     
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    Hey Alex, did you happen to get any information on the Revelation Ex-757 DC when you got in touch with Cordatec?
     
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    It's the same as the Professional only it's a desktop, cost £465+£15 delivery and they'll throw in some strings.
     
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    I have had the ********* ML50 (constant pull) for the past 8 years. Pretty good machine if you do about 3 racquets per month. I have checked the pull tension using digital fish scales and this machine has never been more than 0.5lb out. I have never had to replace any parts.

    When you drop the weight it does not have to be level either. As long as it does not go all the way down to the bottom then you’re good.

    I have always used ********* drop weights and I am a bit reluctant about moving away from cp machine. My only reason for upgrading is that I fancy a new toy.
     
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    Hi Everyone,

    I got a new stringing machine. Went for the EX-2600, second hand from ****. is is a crank machine, calibrated it using electronic fishscales. I am now selling my ML50 drop weight constant pull for £120. I live in NW London. Collection only and a free stringing lesson. You can string your racquet while I supervise you.

    Leave me a message, shout me a holler!

    Greenflash
     
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    Don't you know that he has been drinking the Alpha Kool Aid? Nothing against Alpha (seems like good stuff), but the myopia and single-mindedness that prevails here blows my mind.
     
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