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Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Kal-El 34, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. VaththalKuzhambu

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    Drove a total of 500 miles to pick up this unused, half-priced beauty from a dad whose daughter chose a degree in medicine over tennis. Go figure!!

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  2. VaththalKuzhambu

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    Thank goodness we have a Prius.

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  3. VaththalKuzhambu

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    Bagged this from a lady who inherits stuff that students leave in a frat house that she cleans regularly. She was planning to take this to a scrap metal recycling place but her daughter convinced her to try and sell on Craigslist.

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  4. VaththalKuzhambu

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    I ended up paying twice as much as what she could have got from the scrap metal recycling place. I spent 2 hours cleaning the grime of the unit and it now looks good as new. Almost.

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  5. Sweet-Spot

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    That Gamma crank machine looks sweet as. I am looking to upgrade my machine with one that has a diablo. That one was well worth the drive!

    So you picked up 2 machines - are you a machine collector?
     
  6. Overdrive

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    Is there any products to make your stringing machine look 'clean' or 'shiny'?
     
  7. VaththalKuzhambu

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    Yeah, the crank machine was pristine. Just when I thought I was a crazy monkey, the guy who sold me this and his wife opened the bible when I was there and got into proselytization mode for a good 30 minutes. They knew I had just driven 5 hours to get there and had another 5 more on the return.

    I am definitely not rich enough to become a machine collector. I just couldn't pass the deal on the dropweight. The lady was planning to take it to a scrap metal place!!! Yikessssssssss.


     
  8. VaththalKuzhambu

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    Rubbing alcohol to clean and machine oil to maintain.

     
  9. Blabalot

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    clamp bases

    If anyone can help identify these clamp bases that would be great!

    wow its been awhile cant believe i found this... what are the red clamp bases mine are starting to get worn and im getting some drawback even after cleaning.

    Thanks man, hope all is well.
     
  10. kensan

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    See page 9 of this thread...?
     
  11. Smasher08

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    Just a stab in the dark here, but I recall something very similar looking being offered by a fellow in the UK at a fantastic price.

    As in about a third of what Gamma charges.
     
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  12. Smasher08

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    Btw, here's my newest pride and joy. Replaces my X-6 and is a real pleasure to use.

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  13. zapvor

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    that gamma machines are nice until you use a babolat. its not even close
     
  14. sstchur

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    But the Babolats overpull ;-)
     
  15. Smasher08

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    I'd love to have the budget for a Star 5!! :grin:
     
  16. struggle

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    oh geez, only last year I upgraded from a decent eagnas 910
    to (in my mind) a brilliant 6004.

    "don't **** down my back and try to tell me it's raining" - J. Wales

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    anyhow, someday i hope to have a nicer machine, but i have a feeling a WISE will be my next step, if any.
     
  17. zapvor

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    haha you get used to it
     
  18. zapvor

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    oh no doubt i am with you. i wish i had a star 5 too:(

    the 6004 is excellent. the only reason i made my post is because i strung over 2000 jobs on a gamma, which i thought was pretty good. but then i hop over to a star 5, and i was like 'are you fing kidding me i just shaved 2-3min easy each job for doining nothing'

    i know thios is not the indicator of best machine, but just to give example.
    on gamma my fastest time is about 12:30 or so. on star 5 10:50. by doing the same thing. so the babolat is just designed superior that anyone will be faster regardless of experience. they put a lot of r&d into the machine that shows results

    i should add i do easily 2000+ a year, so for me the time matters more. for you casual stringers the 6004 is the choice i would go with if i was just at home.

    sorry one more thing-gamma customer service has been great so thats also a plus. i am just more picky due to my job
     
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  19. sstchur

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    Quick question: how is going the O Ports on the 5 star? Reason I ask is that if you read the RSI review on the 5 star, they said the break is sub-par and doesn't hold that well, and thus, you can't really use it for doing (some of the larger) O Port racquets.

    I hate the boomerang and never use it. I know 50/50 is an option as well, but I like using the break, and the break on the Gamma is excellent.

    Just wondering, as I wouldn't necessarily rule out getting a 5 star.

    EDIT: If money were truly no issue, I think I would get the Yonex machine. It looks really awesome, but I think it's even more pricey than the 5 star (even at wholesale cost!)
     
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  20. zapvor

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    good point. i agree the gamma lock is better than star 5. but thats prob the only item where it wins. star 5 trumps everything else. i havent had issues with the Os.

    yonex and tecnifibre make great machines too
     
  21. Sweet-Spot

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    Can we see the whole machine please? cheers
     
  22. _skunk_

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    This is my stringer: Stringway ML100. It's super, solid like a rock, best quality.
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  24. sstchur

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  25. kensan

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    Helping you out:)

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  26. sstchur

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    It was a little large that way, so I resized it instead of using the original image link.
     
  27. diredesire

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    Edited it with an imgur version, pardon the over-reach.
    sstchur - sounds like we need to get started on developing a string length meter and a braking system? heh heh heh
     
  28. sstchur

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    @DD: Indeed! Lemme know when you wanna take it for a spin, and we'll talk about our future business ;-)
     
  29. Andyroo10567

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    @sstchur : Is that inside a home or a shop?
     
  30. darklore009

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    i would be shocked if it was his home. lolz
     
  31. zapvor

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    i think that is his house
     
  32. Andyroo10567

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    I sense a Gamma dealer miles away from me...
     
  33. zapvor

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    how much was the sensor?
     
  34. sstchur

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    $3500 10char
     
  35. zapvor

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    thank you! wow thats not as much as i thought........
     
  36. sstchur

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    I think it was a really great price. The machines was purchased new, directly from Babolat, by a family of tennis players (son and daughter). The mother thought the Dad was crazy for buying a $6200 machine. The kids even thought he was crazy. They were the only owner/users of it, and they say they only strung for themselves. Probably 200 or fewer racquets.

    It looks to be in excellent shape. It seemed too good to pass up (even though I did not need it). Besides, if I decide I don't want it, I know DD will take it off my hands (just so he can take it apart to see how it works!)
     
  37. zapvor

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    oh ok yea i was thinking.......

    thats awesome! yea if dd doesnt pay attention, i will write you a check:p
     
  38. diredesire

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    I'M ALWAYS WATCHING
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  39. zapvor

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    noooooooooooo!

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  40. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Man, people in this thread have way too much disposable income. I'm up to 4 years with my cheap Eagnas Flex 920.
     
  41. kensan

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    That *was* a killer deal!

    Definitely won't be losing money when you choose to sell her...
     
  42. zapvor

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    so true.....just like the distribution of wealth..........
     
  43. Andyroo10567

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    Errrr.... P-200 on CL for $100. Looks fully functional with all pieces....
     
  44. sstchur

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    Definitely a very mixed first impression of the Sensor. It's smooth, I'll give it that (at least parts of it anyway). But the base clamps didn't move as easily as I thought they would. I had this complaint about my Gamma too (some of that CLP Break free helps a lot thought), but I was even less impressed with the Sensor on my first racquet.

    To be fair though, I had just installed new base clamps on it. I thought maybe I had them too tight, so for the 2nd racquet, I loosened them quite a bit (but did a test beforehand to ensure they would not slip). That helped considerably.

    But I'm still not sure how I feel about the banana style rails. And I also really dislike that the clamp bases are only gravity release, with no manual option.

    Jury is still out for me on this one. One thing I can say for certain. Given the price of this machine, I think it makes very little sense for anyone to buy it honestly. Whether home stringer or pro shop, it just isn't THAT much better than all the other offerings to justify the price.
     
  45. ProStringing

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    Hi Sstchur,

    I also do not like the gravity-release base clamps, but there is a simple adjustment below to make them only release manually.

    Take the string clamp off the base clamp stem and remove the long steel pin that is loose in the hollow part of the stem. This will disable the gravity-release mechanism.

    You can then use your fingers to unlock the base clamps manually, as there is a slight taper on the lever.

    If it is too hard to unlock the base clamps with standard pressure on the levers, then the base clamps are too tight on the turntable.


    Many professional stringers I know prefer to release the base clamps before the string clamps, and so they use the process above to achieve this with the Sensor.

    Also, try a couple of drops of Zardoz NOTWax on the turntable and the bases will glide much more smoothly.

    Hope this can be of help,

    ProStringing
     
  46. sstchur

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    Thanks for the tips ProStringing! Much appreciated.

    I was not aware of the wax - I've always used CLP break free on my Gamma. I will check that out. Thanks again.
     
  47. zapvor

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    oh wow. i was not aware of these things. thanks for the insight. i will stick to star 5:) i was almost going to make you an offer!
     
  48. sstchur

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    So the thing about the Star 5 (according to Albert Lee): "The Star 5 has a twist lock base. What they don’t tell you is the clamp draw back will vary depending on how tight you twist the base lock. The tighter the base, the less draw back. The trick is to tighten both clamps in a consistent fashion every time all the time. Don’t get in a fight with your wife and then string on a Star 5."

    I was considering a Star 5 because it was nearly the same price as the used Sensor, but I didn't care for that aspect of it.

    I strung again tonight on the Sensor. I did some work today to calibrate it well and readjust the clamps. I then got lucky because I have a great customer (someone I know well) who had 3 racquets and was willing to let me do 2 on my Gamma (as he's always had them done) and one on the Sensor (I offered this one half price) and then see if he can perceive any difference. I want to see how close I can get on each machine.

    After stringing same racquet, same string, same tension, back to back on the Gamma and the Sensor, the racquets "pinged" the same, and read the same on my tension tester, so that's a good sign.

    I'm also happy to report that I liked the Sensor better today. Realizing I didn't need the base clamps quite so tight and adjusting the clamps from underneath helped (I'm still getting used to the banana style rail though).

    Also, realizing (as ProStringer pointed out) that I can manually release the lever easily since it is tapered... that helped too. I didn't need to do it too often, but it was handy in a few cases.

    Sensor is feeling better to me. But jury is still out.

    EDIT: While I am liking the Sensor better now, I still stand by my statement that this machine simply doesn't make any sense to buy brand new. It's price point is so high and I just don't think it's THAT much better than the lower priced machines (at least that's still my impression so far).
     
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  49. zapvor

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    thanks for your post!

    so when i made the jump from gamma to star 5 at first i was a bit upset at the clamps and banana rail too. but guess what? keep stringing. i have to say babolat put in good r&d for their machines. within i would say 10 jobs i was breezing along, easily matching my time on the gamma and i have been on the gamma for over 1 year with over 2000 jobs. thats how amazing the star 5 is. once you get used to it, its cake.

    just watch.....3months from now you are going to keep the sensor and sell the gamma!
     
  50. Gyomu

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    This are pictures from the Premium Stringer 3600 i received yesterday.

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    Really happy with the machine, looks solid and sturdy.

    Only problem, i have trouble adjusting the clamps so as not to leave marks on the strings, i still leave some small bite marks. I heard this kind of clamp do that and its normal but it's still irritating. :confused:
     

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