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db10s 11-18-2012 05:36 PM

New Machine Questions...
 
I tried searching but couldn't find a definitive answer....
I'm looking for a new machine...... I don't want a dropweight, but I have a budget..... I want a machine that will last and serve me well. I'm going to be doing a fair amount of stringing, 2 times a week, at most 3 times a week... I have some experience in stringing, but not a ton. So, essentially what I am looking for is a GOOD machine at a SOMEWHAT LOW price.... And no dropweights.... I'm not a fan of them... And I don't want a 6 pt mounting system....

gmatheis 11-18-2012 06:20 PM

2 questions

- What is your approximate budget?


- Why would you "not" want a 6pt mount ?

struggle 11-18-2012 06:29 PM

sounds like you want a used machine.

db10s 11-18-2012 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tbuggle (Post 7023713)
sounds like you want a used machine.

Never thought about that....

Where is a good place to get one?

db10s 11-18-2012 07:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gmatheis (Post 7023704)
2 questions

- What is your approximate budget?
Up to $950.... Not a penny more.

- Why would you "not" want a 6pt mount ?
I had a 6pt dropweight.... It got a bit cramped near some grommet holes.....

There are your answers...

Chotobaka 11-18-2012 07:32 PM

"Up to $950....Not a penny more."

You are so, so close to the price of a new Neos 1000. A good condition used Neos will be well within your budget. A reliable workhorse that will last you a very long time.

Andyroo10567 11-18-2012 07:49 PM

Maybe a NEOS comes his way across Craigslist. :P I bought my second machine off Craigslist because a dude had 12 of them that i could pick from. Great deals too...

gmatheis 11-18-2012 10:23 PM

I think the suggestion of looking for a used prince/neos 1000 is a good one.

It's the kind you see in lots of pro shops because it's a workhorse that will last you forever as long as you don't abuse it.

You may want to reconsider the 6pt mounting though. Most of the high end stringing machines that are used at pro events use 6pt mounting, so perhaps you just need to make sure the mounts are the right shape so as not to block holes. I only say this because it would open up your options quite a bit as there are good machines from alpha and gamma anywhere between $700 and $950

Lakers4Life 11-19-2012 12:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by db10s (Post 7023762)
I had a 6pt dropweight.... It got a bit cramped near some grommet holes.....

You were probably not mounting the racket properly. Though Gamma 6-Point side supports are the widest made.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Andyroo10567 (Post 7023800)
Maybe a NEOS comes his way across Craigslist. :P I bought my second machine off Craigslist because a dude had 12 of them that i could pick from. Great deals too...

12 Machines?

The reason most tennis shops have Neos 1K or Ektelon H, is because they are the cheapest professional machine sold. Most shop can't justify buying a $3K+ for $10-$15 string jobs. What they don't realize that after the 200-300 job the machine is paid off. Though most of the big chain sports stores have High End Machines, but don't usually have a staff member to string on it constantly.

MAX PLY 11-19-2012 07:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chotobaka (Post 7023782)
"Up to $950....Not a penny more."

You are so, so close to the price of a new Neos 1000. A good condition used Neos will be well within your budget. A reliable workhorse that will last you a very long time.

Agree with this. The difference in payback between your price and a new Neos 1000 is 15-20 strung racquets. Or you can wait until a used one pops up on the Bay or C's-list (but factor in shipping at least on the Bay). Based on your desired specs, I suggest save another $200 and get a new Neos 1000--it will last you a lifetime or retain much of its value in a resale if you take care of it. Good luck.

seekay 11-19-2012 08:36 AM

T-W sells the Gamma 5003 2-point for $1149.

You can buy $1200 worth of holiday gift cards for $960 right now.

It looks like that's the best 2-point machine you can fit in your budget. And the extra $10 gets you $51 worth of supplies.


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