Why are stringing machines so expensive?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by cakewalk, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. cakewalk

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    What is it that makes these things so expensive? pieces of metal right?

    example: in Aug 2004 Tennis magazine p. 79

    Gamma X-2 ..........$135 (2 point mounting)
    Gamma X-6...........$299 (SAME THING except 6 pt mounting)

    now ... does this REALLY warrant a $165 difference??? it's just a difference in two simple mounting pieces. :evil:

    I think it's because these things are not purchased by the general public like other things, like say racquets, so they need to charge an arm and a leg to make the desired profit. grrr
     
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  2. Gaines Hillix

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    Stringing machines are a relatively low volume item and there is a lot of precision machining work involved. After all, they need to be very accurate in achieving their set tension and in protecting the frame from stress. However, I agree that there isn't more than twice the price in differences between these two machines, IMO. But, having said that, Gamma's machines have a good reputation for quality and their customer service is good. Ditto for Alpha and Laserfibre. Eagnas machines are cheaper, but their customer service is almost none existent based on feedback on this board.
     
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  3. rich s

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    Agree with Gaines on the low volume.

    Plus.... there are considerably more pieces/components to a 6 point mounting system vs a 2 pt mounting system so you have factor that and there is also additional assembly time required for a 6 point mount vs 2 point mount.

    rich
     
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  4. Power Game

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    I was thinking the same thing. My wise tension head cost $500. I was comparing the electrics to a high end DVD player and my tension head seems overpriced
     
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  5. Steve Huff

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    Why are they expensive??? Because that's what people are willing to pay for them.
     
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  6. cakewalk

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    I'm not willing, else I would already have a machine.
     
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  7. Steve Huff

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    Everyone doesn't need a stringer. If everyone had one, I couldn't justify spending a lot on a stringer either. Thankfully, not everyone wants to string their own rackets.
     
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  8. gmlasam

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    They maybe expensive to purchase from the start, but you save so much $$$$ in the long run by stringing your own racquet. You will eventually get your money back, and you can you get your money back sooner if you charge people to string their racquets. :)
     
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