Thanks for the tips and the hospitality. Just got my first stringing machine (Klippermate) and started practising on a training racquet w/the sample strings. I can see that I will be breaking lots of strings and the machine will prob pay for itself w/in a few months along w/added convenience. Bought some Weiscannon Scorpion at both 1.22 and 1.28 and will prob try the 1.28 first for the extra durability since the last alu job didn't last very long. Read a lot of good reviews for the string and hope it feels better than the alu. Otherwise I'll keep experimenting since I have the stringer now and I know I like the frame due to how it played on demo. Just a matter of time to find the right combo.