I have convinced my wife I need an upgrade from my Klipper. My budget is not absolute, but I know once it hits 4 figures, it's going to get a lot harder to make the case for a given machine. Here's what I am considering, and the pros and cons I see for each: Alpha Apex II $1000 ------------------- Pros: 1. Convertible to an electronic with addition of a Wise 2. Turntable brake 3. Clamps look like good quality 4. Rolling casters 5. Mounting system looks like good quality. Cons: 1. Crank tensioner, not constant pull 2. Have to hold on to crank while releasing tension. Is this true of all crank tensioners? Unknowns: 1. It lists a 6 pt. racquet suspension system. As a practical matter, what does a suspension mounting system provide you that a non-suspension system doesn't? 2. If add a Wise, do you lose the 360 degree racquet rotation? ================================================= Silent Partner MAESTRO $800 ---------------------------- Does anyone have one of these? It looks comparable to the Apex II, but I don't have a trained eye like many of you. Pros: 1. Convertible to an electronic with addition of a Wise 2. Turntable brake 3. Has stand Cons: 1. Crank tensioner, not constant pull 2. Not "prestigious" if I ever try to earn some income from stringing, clients may be put off Unknowns: 1. 3 tooth clamps look good, but are they? 2. Silent Partner build quality 3. Mounting system quality & convenience 4. If add a Wise, do you lose the 360 degree racquet rotation? ================================================= Prince Neos 1000 $1100 ----------------------- Pros: 1. Convertible to an electronic with addition of a Wise 2. Probably stable supply of parts in future 3. Fast, based on various posts 4. Single action clamps 5. Turntable brake 6. Sturdy 7. 2 point mounting - faster 8. Has stand Cons: 1. Glide bars not so good on fan patterns 2. Crank tensioner, not constant pull 3. Not portable 4. 2 point mounting - less support? 5. Lose 360 degree racquet rotation if use Wise per another post. ================================================= String way ML100 $780 or $880 ------------------------------ Pros: 1. Fast, at least for a drop weight - doesn't need to be parallel/horizontal to get proper tension 2. Constant pull 3. Has single action clamps available 4. Portable 5. 10 year warranty 6. Outstanding racquet support - or so they claim, looks like decent support without blockage based on the videos at www.string_way.ro/index.php?D=3&cat=1&id=2 (remove the underscore) 7. Alpha is the US distributor, so I take some comfort from that Cons: 1. Expensive for a dropweight 2. Not "prestigious" if I ever try to earn some income from stringing, clients may be put off 3. No stand 4. Clamps have been said to move on some forum threads Unknowns: 1. Single action clamps each use a two glide bar mechanism. Video on their site makes it look pretty nice compared to the double action, but I was wondering if anyone had practical feedback on either double or single action clamps. 2. Turntable lock ================================================= Features common to them all (where applicable), so didn't mention above: Spring assisted base clamps or otherwise a good alternative 360 degree racquet rotation Linear string gripper I'm really intrigued by the String_ways, but a couple of posts that mentioned clamp slippage have me really concerned. If it weren't for that, I'd probably already have one. On the other hand the Neos seems like a really safe bet. And Silent Partner might be the sleeper for that price. If anyone can fill in some of the unknowns, correct errors, note additional considerations or suggest worthy alternative machines, I'd be much obliged.