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    Metaltek Customer Service

    I've owned my Playmate Volley since 2009, and over the past 9 years it's been a workhorse. Recently I had a problem with it shutting off after only several minutes of operation, beeping constantly as if the battery was completely depleted (which wasn't the case - brand new battery). After...
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    Attention Playmate Ball Machine Owners

    I recently found out the hard way that after years of use the power cable that connects to the controller board can start to corrode on the pins, resulting in a build up of heat. Eventually the heat generated from the excess corrosion fuses the connector to the board, ultimately breaking the...
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    Attention Playmate Volley Owners

    If you own a Playmate Volley, when it comes time to replace the battery (mine has lasted 3.5 years and I teach with it), I happened upon a very inexpensive option compared to spending $166 to purchase one from the manufacturer or some other online retail store. On top of the steep replacement...
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    Serena's Strings

    Yesterday during the Family Circle Cup final the commentators mentioned that Serena, thanks to her hitting partner, Sasha, recently changed from a full bed of gut to a gut/poly hybrid. The cross, which supposedly hasn't hit the market yet, is by Wilson and it's called "4G". Anyone have any...
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    Prince EXO3 Blue 110 & Premature Cracking

    Any owners (or former owners) of this racquet experience premature cracking? There's a kid I teach with this racquet, had it for 3 months, and it already has a crack. I was hitting with him last week when we both heard a "pop" (shanked ball) that sounded very similar to a string popping...
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    Prince EXO3 Original 105 For Sale

    Condition: 9/10 - minor scratches on head guard only Grips Size: 4-1/2 (4) Grip: Prince Resipro, slightly worn Strings: Mains - Polystar Energy (52) ll__.___: Crosses - Gosen OG-Micro Sheep (57) Price: $105 shipped (CONUS) NOTE: This racquet has approximately 12-hours...
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    Bumper Guard/Grommet Kit Installation

    Just curious, what home stringers are charging for this service. It's certainly never fun, and it can sometimes be somewhat labor intensive, so I'm wondering what you guys charge to install them. I could call the local pro shops to find out what they charge, but they're not open yet (7:20...
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    Stringing Instructions For A Yamaha Ceramic Gold 90

    A guy gave me his racquet to string (it was unstrung), but after doing the mains and starting the crosses, there's a rather significant gap between the first and second cross. According to what I could discern by looking at the direction of the grommets, you skip 8T & 7B. The mains look...
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    First Time Stringer Question

    Is there a rule of thumb to follow when you can't find the string pattern for a racquet? I just got my stringer and I want to do a few practice jobs on my son's old Wilson racquet (Walmart special from 9 years ago). Should I just practice on one of my own or is it possible to string on that...
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    Alpha Apex IIs Are Now In, But...

    I think the ones that came in are designated for those who are on the waiting list. Still, if someone got tired of waiting and opted to go with another machine (like I almost did lol), someone not on the list could probably pick one up if enough of them came in. I'll echo the sentiments...
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    A Question About Stringing Technique

    I just watched the video on SP's site where the guy is using the Maestro to string a Wilson racquet. Prior to viewing this video, I've been studying Yulitle's vids while I wait (somewhat impatiently now) for my machine to arrive. My question is, does anyone actually use the technique this guy...
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    Prince Neos 1000 or Alpha Apex 2

    I've read quite a bit on this forum, and I'm fairly certain that regardless of which machine I pick I'll be happy with it, but my stringing pro peaked my curiosity about the Prince Neos 1000 this weekend. He admitted he wasn't well versed with respect to the Alpha line, however, he's an adament...
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