New MICA Touch Tecnifibre stringer - I want one!

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  1. gavna

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    Got to check out the new Tecnifibre MIKA Touch machine today.......so far the only one in the states and Tecnifibre looking to get feedback on additions and customizations on the built to order babies.

    Absolutely awesome machine - only negative is how bloody expensive the Tecnifibre stuff is.

    http://twitter.com/firstservesatx/status/165481891175215104/photo/1
     
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  2. drakulie

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    thanks for posting. whats the price tag?

    I remember when Tech was going to make a protable machine, with a traveling case. Any news on that, or did they scrub the idea?

    I've always wanted to get a set of the stringing tools, but haven't been able to do so.
     
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    i have always wanted a tecni machine too. or a yonex
     
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    I saw a TF6000 machine this weekend in person, it looks like a dream to string on...the clamps looked really nice. I was very jealous haha


    There is a set on the bay from the UK fyi...
     
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    No price set yet! an Ergo runs almost $11,000 base and tops out just under $14,000 and TF6000 is just over $7000 - so thinking close to what the Ergo runs! Not cheap - but the software and touchscreen so easy - TEC looking to add a feature that allows you to keep your hands on the string and use an automated action via an electric switch buy your foot to pull tension.....!!!!

    The tool set in the soft carry bag? Runs about $400.......Still available and can get them in France and some parts of Europe.

    We didn't talk about the portable unit - last I heard it was still being discussed.
     
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    Yep bag and all - asking over $400.......cool
     
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    the foot pedal is weird actually
     
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    Ya I was trying to wrap my head around exactly how it would work????? Right now on the machine a T shaped steel footrest is there (at least that was what I thought it was). Told that TEC looking to add an electric foot activated system that would allow you to keep both hands on the string as much as possible and use the your foot to activate the tension.

    This is brought to you by the folks who introduced Citroens to the world!
     
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    Is this up or down line from the superb TF8000? Either way, how do they differ?
     
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    The last time I discussed this with Paul Kid he said it was unlikely and that TF would only offer top, top end stationary machines geared towards shops.
     
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    Up........updated clamps, a similar tension headbut upgraded, more adjustability on the mounting system. New computer and operating system and crazy a** options on tension pulls.
     
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    If ever in San Antonio you can see it for yourself - gonna have it on the floor in full use. 3 TF6000, this baby and one new Sensor......
     
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    Where the heck is this? :) If you don't mind my asking.(Not SA...I know where that is ;) ) .
     
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    The Tecnifibre machines are built well. Compared to the Baiardo, Yonex, and Babolat machines, Tecnifibre machines are a bit awkward to string on. The mounting is sturdy, but the k side supports get in the way. The clamps take real effort to open and close. The button to activate the tension head is not on the puller; instead it is on the base of the machine.
     
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    Then I'd better keep clear, I was nearly run over by a 2CV that lost steering & brakes.
     
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    Totally agree, ... and their clamps aren't on the same level as Wilson or Babolat.
    Having that said. I have never heard of a broken down Tecnifibre machine!
    Babolat can learn something from that.
     
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    Also the toolkit is not remotely droolworthy. The Tecnifibre starting clamp is absolutely terrible, poorly made, with a big gap, without diamond dusting, looks very crudely made, with extremely poor holding power. It's the worst starting clamp I can ever remember using. The present-day Babolat starting clamp is the gold standard. The Tecnifibre cam action pliers are fine, but definitely not an improvement over the Babolat cam action pliers. I care for neither the Tecnifibre nor the Babolat "stringbed cutters." The Tecnifibre longnose pliers are unremarkable; same for the Tecnifibre awls. For widening grommet holes you can't go wrong with a cheap awl like the Gamma awl, as long as it's smooth. For a straightening awl the R-A-B or Kimony is good.


    When something, like Tecnifibre or Pacific stringing machines and tools, is not widely available somewhere, people are naturally more curious. Neither is so special.


    Good point on machine reliability!
     
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    Rich Flores shop First Serve ......1931 Northwest Military Hwy, San Antone.......Castle Hills neighborhood just a mile north of loop 410

    About 5 min from the main airport - opened in like 1988 or 1989 - honestly one of the best stringers in the region! Nice to have a local shop still going strong -
    Rich has strung at RG and does just about all the sticks for the teams at Trinity, UTSA, Newks (25min away).

    I know lots of folks in Austin (at least southern side in Westlake and points south ) that make the drive down to get their sticks done right.
     
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    You know if a 2CV did hit you - it would have had all the damage......I think you would have had more trauma from all the potatoes falling out of it (in joke - the car was designed with the ability for small farmers and folks to pack their vegetables in the back to market.

    Way off topic but have you seen the new DS line from Citroen!!!!!! The C6 is nice but the DS9!!!!!! Wow I would kill to have one here in the US. DS3, DS5 and the freaking DS9........not your daddies funky French wheels.
     
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    There are some "quirks" - but the reliability is a big issue - here in Houston both shops that have the Wilson have had issues with the motors and one was already replaced by Wilson and it was less than 6 mos old.

    Still the Tecnifibre are freaking expensive -
     
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    I would worry about the Baiardo's motor reliability. The Babolat machines and the Tecnifibre machines have plastic housing. Tecnifibre has the electric stand optional (another motor). The whole Yonex worktable is metal. The Made in Japan Yonex machines are not inexpensive but very solid and very reliable. They may be the best bang of this group.
     
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    Great fun in those cars (and Maserati during the Citroen years) when the hydraulics have a catastrophic failure. The driver probably considered you a soft landing spot -- totally acceptable for a Deux Chevaux. ;-)

    Track day brake failure in a Merak was one of the scariest moments in my life.
     
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    Thanks, man. Sounds pretty amazing. A friend's old TF 6500 has been an absolutely bulletproof workhorse. I am not sure whether I'd call these under rated, but TF machines do fly a little under the radar.
     
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    I have a Tecnifibre Stringing machine since 1984, it is still in perfect working condition. Never one part broke down. Not one sharp edge which can damaged or broke a string.

    Expensive at first maybe. If you only do a few rackets a week. Mine has been a workhorse for 15 years and now used for 2 to 3 rackets a week.


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    I remember friends (in our teens and 20's) who had 2CV's and when we couldnt find a parking spot or if it was too small you could use the "handles" on the bumper and lift the thing and carry it into a spot!!!!!! engine was like a lawnmower motor!

    Did you know that in the States there is a huge club dedicated to the 2CV???? folks find and bring over what they can find and rebuild and run around in those things!!! the seats were nothing more than glorified lawn chairs.......good stuff
     
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    The folks that I know here in the states that use the TF machines say same......MUCH better build quality and rock solid for years. But a TF 6000 price is double to a star 5 - thats a big hit on a small shop - for two TF 6000 your in at over 15,000 (add the options and it only goes up) - you can get 4 star 5s at that..........

    Im really debating on pulling the trigger on a TF new (god if i could find a used one...) or the Babolat.......for home use (20 to 30 sticks per week) each would be fine but I know the TF will last 20yrs for me.
     
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    for sure you should drop by - Rich has an awesome rep and a SUPER SUPER nice guy - plus he knows his stuff.....im not kidding i drove from Houston and had him string a batch of my new Tecnifibre sticks as no one has the stinking pattern......

    gotta support the smaller local shops as much as possible - we are lucky to have guys like TW but there needs to be room for the local guys as well.
     
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    Tech must have changed the tools. The last time I used tech tools (starting clamp, cam action) they were identical to the older model babolats, which IMO, are the best. The starting clamp however, had a bit more rounded head. Other that that, was the same.
     
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    It's been a bit of a culture shock in Austin where there are NO tennis specialty shops...after being a tennis bum in Atlanta for over two decades! I can believe some diehards would drive down for good service :) . I know we have individual stringers at some of the parks/clubs; but nothing like the shops back in GA. Even Golf s m i t h has gotten out of tennis. Good thing I'm 99% retired. ;)
     
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    coachrick I have news for you. GS has pretty much gotten out of tennis here too. They sell some tennis cloths and have a few rackets and strings but not much. Mostly smaller Mom and Pop strores, D i c k ' s, PGS SS, and SA.
     
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    It is strange about Austin.......someone has to be doing the sticks for ATA, St Edwards, UT....etc and even for Roddick and Harrison (not really sure if they use a service like P1 or ****).
    I know most of the players at Roddick/Lavalle use Rich and his guys in SAT - I do think the tennis scene a bit more organized/established in San Antone.

    Look even in Houston with 4 shops now I would trust my sticks to about 3 or 4 who work in any of those shops.
     
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    I am originally from Europe. One or other way there is a difference between USA strings and stringing machines and what is used in Europe.

    When I bought mine (1984), I had the choice between Babolat and Tecnifibre and some other basic machines. Properly offending some or more other stringers. Do not like the Ektelon type of machine. Worked on it. Just never had the feeling it was solid enough. Done rackets up to 40 Kg, do not ask why it needed to be that high, but never felt uncomfortable or afraid doing it on the Tecnifibre.
    I selected the Tecnifibe over the Babolat mainly because of the single action clamps and it was just more "simplistic" to use.

    Worked last year on the Wilson Baiardo, interesting, fancy, did not have the feeling it gave me more, but should do at least a 100 rackets on it to be able to judge it. And that is not going to happen :cool:

    Just to give one detail.
    Wanted to post a picture but that looks like a bit more work. But the inside of the "screw-nut" to set the clamp tighter contains cylindrical roller bearings. The special stuff is in the small not direct visible details.

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