Looking for a new table top machine

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  1. Fletch

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    I currently have a Gamma Progression ES and am looking for a new one.

    Things I would like to have:

    Table top version
    Constant pull tensioner
    Pre-stretch feature
    Locking brake on turntable

    I am thinking the new Gamma Progression ELS is the best one out there? Is there a better one or one that I should be looking at to compare? I say this is the best one out there because I had luck with Gamma's previous model.

    Your advice would be appreciated.
     
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  2. tray999

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    Well, if you want the best tabletop model out there, I would go with Babolot Star 5. Has all the features you are requesting. Below is a picture of mine and it comes ready to use as a tabletop (see small rubber feet), although I prefer a stand.

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  3. rich s

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    What's your price limit?
     
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  4. Fletch

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    I pulled the trigger on a Gamma Progression ELS. Its supposed to be here Tuesday. Is that a mistake? :confused:

    Price limit is probably $1500 or less. Not a big issue since it will pay for itself pretty quickly.
     
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    You did well.... aside from ordering a crank and a wise 2086 (or an EAGNAS ... which isn't an option in my book) I don't think you have many other choices. Silent Partner falls in that range but I would have opted for the Gamma too!
     
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  6. Fletch

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    Thanks Rich, you sound pretty knowledgeable, so I feel good about my purchase. It should come tomorrow, I can't wait to use it! Finally, pre-stretching without having to use a door handle! :)
     
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  7. Fletch

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    This is a little more than I wanted to spend, and it seems kind of heavy, I will be carrying it from one room to another. It does look like a great machine though, if I could use a stand in my condo it would be high on the list.
    Thanks Tray.
     
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  8. jmverdugo

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    You do know that you must post pictures after getting your machine right? Just kidding, you do not have to, but it would be highly appreciated. :)
     
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  9. Fletch

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    [​IMG]

    I hope this worked, here it is.

    I am dying to try the pre stretch function but do not have any syn gut or multi, would I be banned from the boards if I pre stretched poly? :)
     
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  10. Fletch

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    How do you post a photo?? I have it saved to my desktop.
     
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  11. jmverdugo

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    You need to upload the pictures to a website like photobucket or tinypic and then post the link they give you once you upload the pic.
     
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  12. Fletch

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    Thanks got it. Here she is! Do we have to name our stringers too:)
    Fletch Jr. maybe Irwin?? :)
    Going to string after I hit at noon. Looking forward to it. Feels like a solid machine. What about the pre stretch function? Will it ruin poly if I pre stretch it? Also, do you string a few pounds lighter if you pre stretch assuming you will lose less tension?

    Thanks for any tips.
     
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  13. jmverdugo

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    It looks awesome, one question, did you know it was coming with the blue base? did they tell you what happened with the beige rounded base?

    Gamma Tech, If I buyone from TW would it come with the beige base or with the blue base?
     
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  14. Gamma Tech

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    They are 2 different machines. the blue base is a GAMMA X-Els & the beige is the GAMMA Progression II Els. if you order from TW you would get GAMMA Prog. II Els as pictured on their website.
    bret
     
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  15. rfraboni

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    What are the differences between the X ELS and the Progression ELS?

    Thank you,

    Rich
     
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  16. Fletch

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    I think just a couple storage trays, but lets see what Gamma Tech says for sure.
     
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  17. Gamma Tech

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    correct.
    Prog Els has cast aluminum base w/ abs cover.
    X-Els has anodized extruded aluminum w/ drawers.
    bret
     
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  18. jmverdugo

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    Got it, thank you very much.
     
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  19. Smasher08

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    You still using this? I'm looking really hard at one.
     
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