Just got a Prince Precision Tuning Center

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  1. Arthuro

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    I am anxious to use it to balance my KBT's. Does anyone have any experience with this machine?
     
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  2. drakulie

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    Yes, we have two of them in the shop where I work. Very solid machine, and extremely easy to use and calibrate. You should have lots of fun.

    Enjoy.
     
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  3. dadozen

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    I wish I could afford one. But since I don't string for others yet, I wouldn't be able to amortize its price in the long run.
     
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  4. cmendez79

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    Hi drakulie,

    I do also have on Prince PTC, and its great!!!

    I do have one question, when i try to "matched" my raquect I can not seem to do it right.

    I take all the measurements ( balance, weight, SW) and with the help of TW University, I get to where are the lead tape at top and bottom.

    Then I add them to the raquect, and when I get the SW in the PTC is more than the original result.

    I think i´mdoing something wrong.

    Can you explain to me the steps you follow (basics) to match a raquect, because it seems I´m doing something wrong.

    Thanks!!

    my email is carlosamj@hotmail.com
     
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  5. dadozen

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    Carlos, if you add lead tape to the head of the racquet, the SW will always be higher. What you have to do is try to match the lower SW racquet to the higher SW racquet, because you won't be able to decrease the SW.

    While doing this, also try to match the static weight and the balance. Then you will have matched racquets.
     
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  6. Arthuro

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    It actually was a lot cheaper than most claimed it was. I bought one for 1300.00
     
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  7. ryohazuki222

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    Was it 1300 brand new?
     
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  8. Centryx

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    Sorry to bring up an old thread but where can I get a PTC for 1300$?
     
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  9. Arthuro

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    There was one at the plaza of tennis.
     
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  10. Centryx

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    thanks! Arthuro how often do you use yours? do you think now that you have one you can't live without it?
     
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  11. scotus

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    I personally would not spend over $1300 just to get mass, balance and SW.

    Without the stiffness-measuring capability, I see no real use for it.
     
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  12. Centryx

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    matching racquets isnt worth it? would you pay for someone to match your racquets?
     
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  13. scotus

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    Well, scales and balance boards can be had for less than $50. Of course, there are also ways of getting around the balance board.

    So the only advantage this brings is the easy measurement of swingweights. So you have to decide whether $1300 to $1700 is worth the convenience, since there are far cheaper and even completely free methods of measuring the SW.

    Also, if you don't know that the flex is the same, are your racquets truly matched?

    Of course, if you own a shop and can write it off, then that would make sense.

    I match my own racquets and if I were ultra-serious, I would pay TW to send me racquets with matching flex as priority and then I'll take care of the rest.
     
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  14. Centryx

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    yea but tennis is a hobby that I like and I dont mind matching other peoples racquets plus there is no rdc or ptc at any shop within 50 miles of me (bay area)
     
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  15. scotus

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    Have you then considered buying a Babolat RDC machine?

    I wonder how much that costs.
     
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  16. Centryx

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    those are way too expensive almost 6k
     
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  17. scotus

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    Ouch, I suppose unless you own a tennis shop the flex-measuring function won't be of much use, since there's nothing one can do to alter the flex anyway.

    The best way is to have TW send you new racquets of matching flex and then match all other factors.
     
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  18. Arthuro

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    I went through similar debates about the set up and worth of a Prince PTC. People don't usually know the importance of matching frames or customizing sticks. Instead of spending 50.00 to match or 25.00 to customize they'd rather drop 200.00 on allegedly new technology.

    This is just the dogma of the world. Its what keeps giants like TW afloat. So if you get the PTC you might customize two or three racquets or so, but the real pleasure is being able to do so for yourself.

    Its 1300.00. I just paid 4000.00 for a Prince 6000. Its my hobby and I stringing brings in a decent flow of extra cash.

    If you are serious about wanting to customize your sticks it is by far the cheapest way to go. I enjoy it and wouldn't do it any other way.
     
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  19. Centryx

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    Art how much do you charge to match frames? How many people have actually asked you to match frames for them
     
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  20. Arthuro

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    To match two frames I charge 50.00 and 20.00 every other frame afterwards.

    To customize a frame I charge 25.00.

    I have customized 3 or 4 frames. Like I said I make more money stringing and doing small custom jobs like leather grips and the such.
     
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  21. Irvin

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    At $800 the Alpha Accuswing 2 is cheaper did you check into that?
     
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  22. Centryx

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    ahh irvin thanks I emailed alpha just now I didn't know they released the II guess I will check it out

    thanks
     
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  23. scotus

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    Cheaper, but not as cool-looking as the Prince.

    I think Centryx has the money to spend for slightly more viewing pleasure.
     
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  24. Arthuro

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    And the PTC comes with a year subscription to the USRSA. I think its worth it personally.
     
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  25. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    When my kids are grown and out of the house I'm leaving the wife and running away with my PTC.
     
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  26. Irvin

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    LOL If she has a good lawyer she may get half of it. You may want to sell your axe and chain saw now.
     
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  27. Centryx

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    tennis plaza not returning my emails I think they might be out of PTC's anywhere else that would sell me one for $1300? its either that or pay about $800 for a accuswing II. I know $500 bucks for a balance and balance board seems crazy opinions from anyone that has used an accuswing II?
     
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  28. Lindsay

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    I have one I'd be willing to part with if anyone is interested. Its in mint condition.
     
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