Serrano "No Awl" Stringing Machine?

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  1. varuscelli

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    I'm finding myself being drawn more and more at photos of old stringing machines (hopefully for eventual inclusion somewhere in the photo library) and saw this interesting old machine on the big auction site labeled as a "Serrano no awl Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine, Model UV-550." I tried searching for more info on "Serrano" machines but couldn't find any kind of reference to them.

    I actually e-mailed the seller and he said he'd try and take some extra photos of it and send them to me for the photo library once the auction was done.

    Anyone ever hear of a "Serrano No Awl Stringing Machine before (or "Serrano" in general as a stringing machine maker)? Spanish, maybe?

    I didn't want to link to the photo of it or anything here as realize that's not appropriate, but it's out there to be viewed if anyone wants to do a search (very old looking machine bluish-green in color with a large, cylindrical base).
     
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  3. DRtenniS1112

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    Whoa that thing looks crazy. Did you see the pic of his strings? He had ginormous reels of ancient string.
     
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  4. varuscelli

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    Hey, thanks for that link. That helps to answer a few questions about it in that it's interesting to see someone actually comment on it. I wasn't sure I'd be able to see any comments about it other than something like, "Yeah, my grandfather used to use one just like it..." :)
     
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    My father in law has one in the basement in working condition. I learned to string on it 8-10yrs ago. What a beast. In its day it was the cadillac of stringers. If you can master the machine you get a great great string job. The old man can play the machine like eddie van halen plays guitar. My guess is he's strung 1000s of racquets in the 40+ years he's owned it The only sticks you can't string on it are 100sq in or larger head size or > 27" long.

    We're in the process of getting a Prince Neos 1000 and Wise tension head. He wants ease of use and I want the increased accuracy of a constant pull electronic machine. We figured after 40 years it was time for an upgrade:D
     
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    lol @ the grandfather thing.

    I found two listings on a website that allows people to sell things. 10s4awl (figure it out) is the site. I don't have a login yet though, so hold for future posting! If you guys have one then feel free to post what those listings are.

    *edit* got the login, finally. I have two email addresses of people that are selling a serrano stringer. Perhaps we (varuscelli) can contact them? They are:

    junurcia@hotmail.com
    blazerson@exchange.ml.com

    Who knows, maybe they're cool people?
     
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  7. Steve Huff

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    I have a Serrano 550B. It's in several pieces at the time, but eventually, it will be back together and more modern.
     
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    Hey, I hope we can see some of the modernization through photos when the time is right... ;)

    Is that one quite a monster in size and weight as the one we've been discussing? (If you've seen it, but I'm assuming it's the same machine.)

    And Steve, if you'll excuse my ignorance here, but what does the "no awl" part mean (or is it even meaningful), in that the seller had that as part of the machine's name in the auction? Why did he call it the "Serrano No Awl Stringing Machine?"

    Al Ruscelli
     
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    I'm going to take a guess at the answer to your question. In the early days of racquet stringing, clamps weren't used. An awl was inserted into the hole along side the tensioned string to hold tension. I'm thinking the manufactorer was simply drawing attention to the fact that this was not needed with the "new fangled" stringing machine with clamps.


    Steve, if later I find that I'm dissatisfied with my post, I'll probably try to delete with a __________.
     
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    Ha! :)

    But I'll buy your answer. Sounds reasonable to me. If you're wrong, I'll strike this reply, too. :p
     
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    Strike One - Varuscelli

    Like DanCraig said, no awl was because these machines had fixed clamps, where before awls were used. See the below link of an image scanned from a Popular Science Publishing Company - May 1942.
    Tennis Stringing Lever
    In this image you can see the awl being used to clamp the string just over his right knee.

    Varuscelli - If you want to you are free to add this image to your stringing machine images, I have the original scan if you want. :p
     
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    Varuscelli - I miss-read your post, I thought you had wrote, "... If you're right, I'll strike this reply."

    And I can not edit the Title! - I was joking, but the joke does not make sense unless you understand how I read your post! :sad:
     
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  13. Steve Huff

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    I agree with Dancraig. Clamps came out to replace awls for holding the string in place.
     
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  14. varuscelli

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    Makes sense.

    And thus the famous expression, "Look, Mom, no awl!"

    (Or am I thinking of something else? :p )
     
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    I got ya! But I think you were going easy on me. If memory serves, I surely have more strikes than that by now (even without that one). :confused:

    :p
     
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    Given its age, I doubt anyone would have copyright objections. I could probably post it there without worry, if you'd like to send it. It's certainly an interesting enough piece that it ought to be shared.

    If you'd like to e-mail it to me, that would be great. ;)

    vruscelli@houston.rr.com

    But...if the one you referenced is the full-sized scan, I could just copy it from the post you linked to. Is that one at full size? Certainly looks big enough to use.
     
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    Yup, thats the machine I actually learned to string on.
     
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