I bougth an alpha pioneer 3 last summer for 240$. The guy who sold it wantet 300.. I`m new too stringing but i think it`s a good machine. Easy to use.
Only thing i didnt like was the mounting system.. sometimes the racket would pop out and over the "clamp" on the side.
But I just got that little problem fixed by Bolt here on the forum who sent me som adapters that works much better than the original clamps.
My stix: PK Redondo mid Ashaway kevlar 18@55 M , Gosen os micro 17 @57 X
RIP: 2x babolat apc sppp 17 @50 M , gosen os micro 17 @50 X