So I got a stringer last week....

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by BLX_Andy, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. BLX_Andy

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    It was free. A friend of my dad's just gave it to him. It's old, green, and says "ALPHA" on the base. It's a drop weight. I got all of the tools too plus manual. The other goodies include multiple bottles of stencil ink, some lead tape, Klipper overgrips (sweat-absorbant and tacky alike), Klipper Vibration Damps, two reels of Klipper Super Poly (16L gauge), 1 reel of Klipper Neon Syn. Gut (16 gauge), and 1 reel of....... Fishing Wire.....?

    Is this a good get? I'm a bit anxious about starting to string my own racquets. But I'm happy to know the option is there if I want to start.

    I'll post pictures when I get time.
     
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    Sounds like a Pioneer 3, or an older version of the DC. I hadn't heard about the swivel clamp version, but apparently one exists...

    I assume yours has glide bar/rail style clamps (ala Prince NEOS)?

    It's a solid machine, should serve you well. Chances are you won't be left wanting with solid construction and nice fixed clamps. Good get, Klipper strings are very similar to 'brand name' ones, and you can always replenish with brand names once you exhaust the strings (or just keep them for throw-in stringings for people who don't care, or 'practice' string).

    Solid get, you have a good foundation to pick up the trade. Check out YULitle's videos on youtube, the more you watch, the more you'll be interested/excited to put a frame on the machine. It's not that bad. The process is simple, but the craft is complex/deep.
     
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  3. Andyroo10567

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    I definitely dont see why its a bad get if it was free! LOL. 3 Reels of string with other stuff would have been good alone to me :p.
     
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  4. BLX_Andy

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    Like I said I'll post pictures later. I'm pretty new to this stuff.
     
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    have fun and practice with the free string!!!
     
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  6. BLX_Andy

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    Don't forget the fishing wire!!! ;)
     
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    Take head of the above. Succinctly put, but boy oh boy is it ever so true. You'll quickly pick up on the process of stringing, but years of experience go into mastering the craft. Not that I've done it, mind you lol - I'm a work in progress with only 3.5 years under my belt. I wholheartedly acknowledge & appreciate the fact that even after I knew how to string, there was still lots to learn! ;-)
     
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    LOL.. Solinco prototype Steel Wire, the successor to Barb wire.
     
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    I use it to string my 3 yo grandson's racket. ;)
     
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  10. BLX_Andy

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    I heard it was used a lot in the pre-poly days of tennis. Cheaper than nylon strings.
     
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