Oh what an exciting day it was.... Some pics for those of you considering the Alpha Pioneer DC. The machine is just beautiful in person, solid as a rock, and very easy to set up and "assemble" (slide a few pieces on) out of the box. Came with 8 packages of Alpha string (you can choose which ones you want, but I just asked for a selection of their strings to give them a try), needle-nose and cutting pliers, awl, several allen wrenches for adjusting the Alpha, and several small springs and small yellow plastic pieces that I'm not sure what are for...I assume replacement parts for the Alpha. The Alpha is heavy, as expected, but the smiple kitchen cart I bought at Target holds it very nicely, almost like it was made for it. I have no idea what I'm doing, and unfortunately, the instructions that come with the Alpha aren't quite enough for a true beginner (at least this true beginner) to get started actually doing a string job...the picture at the end below is just one of my already strung racquets in place. So no comments yet on actually using the thing to string a racquet, unfortunately. But it looks like it'll be easy to use... <EDIT> I called Alpha and spoke w/Mark...extremely helpful on the phone regarding the stringing process, took a lot of time with me (talking me down from the ledge of newbie fear) and I am now ready to try my first string job tonight or tomorrow! It looks sweet, feels great, and I just bet I'm gonna be stringing like a madman soon.