I haven't even bought a machine yet and I'm not convinced that I will. But it has been suggested that I do so since we now have four people in our family who play tennis. My wife and I are also particular about our stringing and our favorite local shop charges $25 per job. So... 1. I'm very handy with tools and home projects, technical stuff, arts/crafts, etc., so I'm pretty sure I can handle do this. But how long does it take to get good enough to do something like a gut/poly hybrid well? 2. Assuming I proceed with this, what sort of machine do I need for low volume stringing for myself, my wife, and my kids? I'm most interested in quality over speed and saving money by taking a DIY approach. This isn't a business venture where speed matters. What's the least expensive machine I can buy and still produce a good job for our family? 3. What's the best way to learn how to string? Are there classes one can take? Talk to a stringer I respect and get lessons from him? YouTube? (just kidding about YouTube). 4. Besides the machine what other tools and materials are required? Are they included with the machine or purchased seperately?