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    Work up the ladder to become professional stringer.

    Thank you so much for sharing your impressions! It was super interesting to read. The most valuable of all (for me) were your thoughts (impressions) on what distinguishes a pro tournament level stringer from just a stinger. Apparently, it is not just speed. It is stress resistance, time...
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    Thinking of purchasing machine - opinion on particular brand

    It is, basically, a free machine, compared to pricing of new machines with similar capabilities. If you do not have to pay for shipping, and it works, why not take it?
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    What is the status of 3-d printed grommets

    If you like your racquet or have multiple racquets of the same make and model, you can always stock on replacement grommets when they are available. They are typically between $4 and $12 or so for a set for a racquet. They become a problem only when a racquet has been out of production for a few...
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    mark balls...quickest, most permanent way

    I guess ball preferences depend on one's skills level. I, personally, fit best into what is called "general population who are somewhat familiar with tennis" as I started a little too late in my life path. I can tell a difference between a dead Penn ball and a new Penn ball, but I doubt I would...
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    mark balls...quickest, most permanent way

    I buy cheap Penns at Costco for my ball machine and never have an issue because if someone picks a couple of my balls, who cares, they are cheap and disposable. And if they cannot tell their ball from my balls, if they do not buy good balls which are different, or do not bother to search for...
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    Wilson Clash 100

    You've been given a frame but have not seen it yet? :) Wilson Clash 100 Tension 47-57 Pattern 16×19 Start M's T Mains Skip 7T,9T & 7H,9H Len 2pc 20x19 Tie off M's 8T Start 2pc 7H Last 2pc 7T Tie 2pc 8H, 6T
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    Gamma X-ELS Review With Pictures and Details

    macguyvur, you are welcome! Just the other day, I had a conversation with my 12 year old son. He has been stringing his racquets on X-ELS at home, and occasionally has been volunteering to string demo racquets at our local tennis shop (with the owner's permission). He likes the fanciness of...
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    Ball machine etiquette?

    tomato123, another idea for you: if you can find a partner who wants to practice together with you with the ball machine, one person may hit while the other would collect the balls and stop stray balls in their tracks. I did it with my son. This way, we pretty much could eliminate all...
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    Ball machine etiquette?

    By the way, the second part of the question is HOW to use the ball machine and for HOW LONG. I learned a lot from video lessons from Ian Westermann. He has a significant presence on Youtube ("Essential Tennis") but his best video lessons are sold through his web site, either as a part of the...
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    Ball machine etiquette?

    I think the question is about public courts, as indoor facilities usually have curtains. I try to use my ball machine on those outdoor courts or during those hours when it is not likely that other people will be there. We are lucky to have many choices of outdoor courts in our area. When I am...
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    Gamma X-ELS Review With Pictures and Details

    For one thing, if you find a used one, ask if they still have the original packaging - although I agree that this is not likely. For what it is worth, I kept mine, had to build a special shelf in the garage to store the box, just in case if I ever decide to upgrade it to a Baiardo :). It has...
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    Gamma Progression II ELS or Gamma X-Stringer XLT

    A very detailed video on youtube, with a review of this new machine. Quite interesting (it turned out, my German is not quite as rusty as I thought - I could understand pretty much everything :)). I kept on wondering, is it noisy or is it just location of the camera/microphone that makes it...
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    What string brands actually produce IN HOUSE?

    A commodity is a basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type. I bet, 95%+ of strings are purchased by consumers who indeed do not care about the manufacturer. They would take whatever synthetic gut or whatever poly is recommended to them by the...
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    Stringing business

    I wish you luck. I also have a 12 year old, and he had a similar idea. He is pretty good at stringing. I tried to solicit him some work, but the result was zero. These days, there is so much effort to sell something to you through internet or elsewhere, that people prefer to go to a store which...
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    I want to buy a stringing machine which one is the best and why?

    It also depends on what kind of business you want to pursue.