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    How long does it take an experienced stringer to string on a dropweight?

    If you haven't already tried it (with stiffer strings), try pull weaving, rather than push weaving. You may find that to be quite helpful.
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    How long does it take an experienced stringer to string on a dropweight?

    Which polys do you consider "really stretchy"?
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    Gamma XLT?

    :unsure: Hmmm... a totally legit reseller, eh? If that's the case, he wouldn't have any problem selling you multiple machines, right? What do you suppose he would tell you if you told him "Great! I'll take 6 of them."? :whistle::whistle::whistle: Or, if you asked "Cool. What other...
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    Gamma XLT?

    ^^^ I concur. I'd raise an eyebrow as to the reason why someone is selling a "brand new" Gamma XLT for $1400. Perhaps there's a totally legit reason, but I'd definitely be asking why.
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    Gamma XLT?

    These two things seem to be contradictory. Are brand new items typically found on there? At any rate... If the unit is indeed brand new, I'd say get it. You're basically paying the same price as a new Prog. ELS/X-ELS, but getting the much better linear gripper/diabolo tensioner. At it's...
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    Gamma Progression II ELS Alternative?

    Perhaps the Tourna 300-CS, plus a Wise 2086 ($945+645). You'd have a linear gripper (with a diabolo), slightly quicker mounting/unmounting, a stand (and larger tool tray), and still have the crank as a backup tensioner.
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    Having trouble putting string into the tie-off holes- what are you tips and tricks?

    Maybe. Maybe not. Let's not be so quick to jump to that conclusion. We don't have enough information (yet) to make that determination. Some (i.e. most) racquets have the top cross tie off in the vicinity of the 5th or 6th main string (so, perhaps at 5H or 6H). Obviously, these are easy...
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    Having trouble putting string into the tie-off holes- what are you tips and tricks?

    ^^^ Agreed (at least for that top cross tail during 2pc. stringing). However, @GrilledBurgers you still may have to know how to deal with this issue when tying off the bottom cross (albeit only sometimes). Furthermore, during 1pc. stringing you won't always be able to "pre-insert" the tail ends...
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    Having trouble putting string into the tie-off holes- what are you tips and tricks?

    @GrilledBurgers, Almost all of the tips/advice above are spot on. However, I would not advise you go poking around with an awl (nor a sharp poly string either). Doing so risks damaging the string which is already in the grommet. You don't really want to use an awl (or scrap piece of poly) to...
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    For those of you wanting a soup to nuts course on stringing, Richard Parnell has something for you...

    The prices there are always so ridiculously outrageous (to be clear... the "menace", not TennisMachines), that, for the life of me, I can't understand how they ever get any actual sales. :rolleyes:
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    Crank stop and other ?

    No. Rocking/tilting/wobble is not normal, nor acceptable. If that is occurring, something is out of adjustment. As long as things are adjusted/tightened properly, I don't think you should have play/tilting/wobbling on an Alpha or Gamma machine. Did you see this happening on an Alpha somewhere...
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    Crank stop and other ?

    Yes. Too minor to be a deciding factor. BTW, I just looked up photos of the Axis Speed, Axis Pro and Revo 4000. It seems that all of them do have an adjustment screw for adjusting the gripper plates (which, IMO, is an important feature). However, just to be sure, it would be best to call...
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    Crank stop and other ?

    Although it might be a slight point in favor for the Gamma, I certainly wouldn't consider that one feature to affect your "make or break" decision. There are many other (more) important features which you should focus on (apart from the existence of the stop screw). After all, as...
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    Crank stop and other ?

    @Folsom_Stringer_Musa, He's referring to the "stop" which prevents the crank assembly from getting too close to a mounted racquet. I talk about this from 20:40-25:25, 35:12-36:15 and 1:02:00-1:03:25 here... @Mjolnir, I knew exactly what you're talking about. However, I didn't chime in...
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    clamp recommendations?

    Even within a given string bed, tennis string spacing can be quite varied (i.e. distance between top cross & 2nd cross as compared to, say, the distance between the 10th & 11th cross, etc.).
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    Xpider 5-Tooth String Clamps

    @mark999, Can you post a few photos (from different angles) of the actual clamps you received? I'd like to see if they are exact, or not. Thanks in advance.
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    Tourna 600 ES

    I don't think anyone said a Wise/diabolo was quicker than the Tourna 600-ES If I'm mistaken, please cite where this was stated. You need to keep in mind that the diabolo serves not just one function, but two. Yes, it does ensure that the string enters the linear gripper at the same angle each...
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    How long does it take an experienced stringer to string on a dropweight?

    Yes. Very much so. FWIW, it's difficult to give a specific answer, regarding actual times, since there is no uniform agreement on exactly when the clock gets started, and exactly when it gets stopped. Irvin's reply of 5-10 minutes longer (than on a non-drop weight machine) is about right.
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    Another tie-off location thread

    Don't CREATE double blocked holes - that aren't necessary. When doing a 2pc. string job... If there are TWO skips for the main strings at the throat end of the racquet (typically 7T & 9T.... or 8T & 10T), there is the potential of having double blocked holes where the bottom cross string...
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    Another tie-off location thread

    I told him the same (for 2pc.) Nonetheless... on his TF40's 2pc. job, he still tied off both mains at 7T instead (despite being forewarned that it would create the, completely unnecessary, double blocked holes). I already (verbally) explained this to you in great detail. I don't know if...
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    What you get when you pay for it?

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: I'll say!!!!
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    Alpha Ghost 2 - Need help

    :eek::eek::eek: Well then, clearly the machine is grossly out of calibration. :p
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    Alpha Ghost 2 - Need help

    A Ghost 2 with only 506 pulls??? That's only 14 racquets!! It's practically brand new. I'd say any price that was under $2000 (30% off retail) would be a deal. So, how much did you spend?
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    What is the future of stringing machines?

    I'd rather string ten Blackburne DS frames over just one Bergelin Longstring.
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    reinforce gut weak area with superglue?

    @Steve Huff, That plan would work nicely... except for one little detail. Trying to now tie off the (penultimate) mains at the head end, rather than at the throat end, presents an issue. The proper number of tie-off grommets required won't be at the head of the frame. Since the mains finish at...
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    Thinking about stringing machine (6pt, FC)

    @Joe Garfield, Nice work so far! You already have one. Use the awl that came with your machine. First, before you enlarge any grommets (or go cutting those mains out), take some scrap string and see if just maybe you can get 2 strands to pass through the grommet at 11T (that's where your...
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    Looking to buy a stringing machine. Suggestions appreciated.

    @MoxMonkey, Your upper ceiling of $500 is going to make things somewhat problematic. My recommendation is always something that has fixed clamps (rather than floating/flying clamps). Something along the lines of an Alpha Pioneer DC+, Gamma Prog. 602FC, or Gamma X-6FC However, all 3 of those...
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    Alpha supports shape update

    Yes, all 3 of those things are true. However, one of the biggest gripes, by tour level stringers, regarding the Sensor, was it's absence of a diabolo. Babolat listened to their input and, therefore, re-introduced the diabolo once again on the Star 5. A diabolo serves a couple of different...
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    Alpha supports shape update

    @Mjolnir, Not to worry. You'll have the "V" side supports from either, Gamma or Alpha. Both companies have (thankfully) updated to "V" side supports. Gamma did it years ago, and now Alpha has finally caught up as well. FWIW, the Gamma lockout machines (Prog. II ST, X-ST, 5003, 6004) have a...
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