recommendations for personal stringer

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by baek57, May 4, 2008.

  1. baek57

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    I'm interested in getting a stringing machine for myself. I will most likely only be stringing a few times a month. I was looking through some threads and reviews and think the sp swing would probably suit my needs fine. The alpha pioneer dc plus looks like a fine machine... but is it really worth 2x the price? any other recommendations also welcome.
     
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  2. Zhou

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    The Pioneer DC Plus offers a ratchet linear gripper that makes using a drop weight so much easier, it has fixed clamps that have switch action bases, and 6 pt mounting. For the price, nothing beats the Alpha Pioneer DC Plus. It is built well and is a rocks solid machine.

    For personal stringing the Alpha Pioneer DC Plus fits the bill as well as some cheaper machines like the Gamma X-2 and the Klippermate. As long as you have the money, I would go with the Alpha. Fixed Clamps make stringing so much easier.
     
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  3. the wise wizard

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    the alpha is worth every penny
     
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  4. theace21

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    If you are serious about tennis then the money is well worth it...If this is just another little hobby you are getting into, by the Swing. If you stop playing or don't have time to string, you can sell it and your loss will be minimal...
     
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  5. baek57

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    so you all think the alpha is the better choice even if just stringing for myself?
     
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    The Alpha DC is practically designed for "stringing for yourself" on a weekly basis.
     
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    YES. I have had my alpha for a couple weeks now, and it is a great choice. I string just for myself. I might string for a few other guys, but I got it for me.
    Very good build quality.
     
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    Who else is it designed for? You won't find many pro stringers using tabletop machines like this one.
     
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    Hard to argue against fixed clamps and the Alpha does have a great rep as well.

    However you can also get a good quality string job out of a flying clamp model like the Gamma X-2 or the Klippermate. I think it greatly depends on budget, your need for fixed clamps and what type of mounting system you want.

    Nothing beats stringing for yourself though as you can control the quality and it's a fairly easy to become relatively decent and consistent.

    I pimp them because they have helped me so much but check out YuLitle's videos on youtube - they are a great help from A to Z of stringing. There are others on here as well that have stringing demo videos.
     
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    I'm really interested in the alpha pioneer dc plus opposed to an x-2 or ATS super stringer. Either that or a used gamma progression II FC. Do they still have Pioneer dc plus's in?
     
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  12. LttlElvis

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    Even if you are stringing only for yourself, and you are a first time stringer, I would recommend spending the $1200 and get a Prince Neos:

    1. Just about everyone who strings finds it fun and they will string a lot more than they realize. Your game will improve. You will be stringing for friends, and you might as well profit a little.

    2. Everyone who gets their first stringer, realizes they want a better one. You always realize there are upgrades, and wish you spent a little bit more. One of the things everyone usually wishes they got was an upright machine rather than table top.

    3. The Neos holds it's value better than any other machine. It's been the standard of stringing machines for many years. If you don't like it, sell it on the auction site. I guarantee you will get at the very least $800. Old beat up Ektelon's get sold for that much. People who have machines of close to equal value (Gamma 6004, Apex II), all like their machines. But if they don't, no way do they hold their value like a Neos. If after a year you decide you don't want the machine anymore, sell it. Your loss is probably about $400, which you probably already made up of in stringing savings already.
     
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  13. Mansewerz

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    Yea, I just don't got the cash for that kind of machine. So, any news for that alpha question posed (i'm anxious, lol)
     
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  14. baek57

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    i got the pioneer. took me 4 hours for my first string job. from the time it arrived at my door until completion. which included opening the box, assembly, mounting, and stringing. i swear the last cross took me an hour.
     
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  15. lilxjohnyy

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    i agree with everything there but if u are not willing to give up 1200 for a machine, u can get the Revo 4000 for half the price, (although they are often out of stock)
     
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  16. Mansewerz

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    Did the clamps not fit?
     
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  17. baek57

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    no i was trying to get the string in the holes which were covered by the mains' string.
     
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  18. Mansewerz

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    I see, did you finally use an awl?
     
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  19. ATXtennisaddict

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    get the alpha pioneer dc plus
     
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  20. baek57

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    yes i was using an awl the whole time. it was not particularly helpful but i did manage to come across this video after i finished which would have probably saved me some time.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfG-nlb4JxU&fmt=18
     
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  21. Mansewerz

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    Oh, good, I thought the fixed clamps hurt you more than they helped.
     
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  22. baek57

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    strung my second one... took about an hour. different racquet so i didn't run into the same problem with the last cross. the alpha comes with flying clamps as well as fixed clamps. i enjoy using the fixed clamps though.
     
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  23. Mansewerz

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    You *******, your really tempting me (sorry for the foul language, i'm just envying you :D).

    Good though, what racquet was it before anyways?
     
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  24. baek57

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    first one i strung was k90. second one was volkl c8. i strung my k90 again. took a little over an hour. if you can afford a stringer with fixed clamps go for it. i like them much better than flying clamps.
     
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