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    Yo! I know, tennis has been on the backburner for me, and life got really, really busy several...

    Yo! I know, tennis has been on the backburner for me, and life got really, really busy several years ago (now). I had a nagging shoulder injury since HS that never went away. Without playing (or watching) tennis, my priorities shifted a ton. I still drop in from time to time, but definitely not...
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    Hey! This is months late by now, but thanks :) I was actually just going through some really old...

    Hey! This is months late by now, but thanks :) I was actually just going through some really old threads clearing some google-able personal info and I saw a post by you! Good ol' times, huh? Hope things are going well in your neck of the woods. I tried some hitting again after a long, long...
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    Babolat Sensor Base Clamp

    You probably want a "roll pin punch" set. I just looked at my sensor (it's a bit dusty...) and it looks like one side of the pin is mushroomed. You'd want to tap it out from the non-mushroomed side, obviously. I would probably wait 'til Babolat got back to you first, though, it looks like it's...
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    I feel like a new man

    It's really ugly :) It's just a 3/4" sheet of plywood (rectangle-ish) with some screwed down blocks. Since the base is curved/organically shaped, it's an ugly hack. I wouldn't recommend subjecting other beautiful machines to the same fate ;) If I cared about the looks or had it presentable, I'd...
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    I feel like a new man

    Luckily the Sensor can keep you in the honeymoon phase for the rest of your stringing life. It's more than enough machine for pretty much anyone out there. I just look at things from a more engineering mindset, and I get wrapped up in details. I should be clear, the stand is totally sufficient...
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    I feel like a new man

    Unfortunately I haven't had any time on a Baiardo, but I do hear good things about them. I should also mention I'm not dogmatic about much in life, and stringing machines are no exception. The Sensor has its annoyances and faults, just like any other machine. I've also worked on pretty solid...
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    I feel like a new man

    This makes sense @SavvyStringer. I buy that reasoning. I haven't had any issues with a sticking gripper, but I recall some babolat machines did have that problem, maybe it was a star5? You know, I actually don't like the brake on these machines! It works fine, but I prefer a NEOS1K's disc...
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    I feel like a new man

    That actually jogs my brain for something I meant to ask: When you "engage" the gripper, how are you doing it, exactly? I assume with the light touch, you're also operating the tensioner entirely with one hand? If so, I'm curious what your hand movement is (to get into the nitty gritty). I see a...
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    I feel like a new man

    My issue is having the bases next to each other at the 6/12 areas. Slide one clamp all the way up or down the curved rail, slide the other one up next to it - you'll bumpercar the first clamp. This isn't really a major issue, but it's super annoying. As I get through 4-5 crosses, I want to flip...
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    The Birthday Thread

    Thanks! Still alive and kickin'.
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    I feel like a new man

    Tell me what you think of the clamps :) I actually still don't like them very much. The holding power is great, but the bases underneath the turntable are freaking huge. I can't get them both up to the tip at the same time (on crosses) like I used to, I have to wait until ~1/3 of the way down...
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    Avoid Extremes

    Just dropping a note: I cleared a few posts from this thread since they (relatively civilly) crossed the line into personal territory. Take a step back and breathe if you're getting too heated :)
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    Error codes on Toyo Zouki machines?

    I'm with Albert in that it probably isn't an issue with the trimpot. However, if it IS, you can debug/troubleshoot this by measuring the value of the trimpot and then replacing it with the equivalent resistor. This will just give you some peace of mind if you're (already) skilled at hardware...
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    Sergetti Stringing - WOW!

    I hosted Irvin's spreadsheet at this URL: diredesire.com/tennis/TW/IJF_PSWa.xlsx Enjoy.
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    Do you sit or stand?

    Get an inexpensive anti-fatigue mat. It works wonders. Once you get better/faster at stringing, you'll quickly come to the conclusion that sitting isn't really an option - you'll be moving around too much for it to be worth it. Unless you don't have 360 degree rotation, then you can get better...
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    Error codes on Toyo Zouki machines?

    Yes. Albert is the man. I've corresponded with him in the past and he's been nothing short of exceedingly helpful. I would wager he can get an answer to your question. I'd also recommend if you shoot him a mail to post the answer back to this thread :) If he doesn't get back to you, hit me up. I...
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    However, when a post starts creeping up on 5, 10, 20 minutes of my time, I can only do so many...

    However, when a post starts creeping up on 5, 10, 20 minutes of my time, I can only do so many before it impacts my real-world life. You might think above is a crappy attitude to have as a moderator, but there's a practical limit to trying to fix things :)
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    Not to promote tattle-taleing, but threads are way easier to save early if reports are made...

    Not to promote tattle-taleing, but threads are way easier to save early if reports are made before it's too late. I've tried so, so, so many times to save threads in the past with valuable information.
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    Would this be an upgrade?

    IIRC you have a Star 5? Not sure if the bases are different, but mine are certainly larger underneath the surface. I've got Iceberg clamps, apparently. I COULD avoid getting the clamps closer, but I prefer to keep the bases away from the "empty" side of the frame for more space for the weaving...
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    Would this be an upgrade?

    I don't mind the rails themselves, but the base/pad of the clamp is HUGE underneath the turn table, thus, when the clamps are both near the top or bottom end, the bases bump and I can't get the clamps as close together as I'd like. This is worse when I'm trying to put both clamp bases up towards...
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    Cracking at the 12 and 6 on a Gamma 6-point mount

    I prefer my 6/12 on this style of machine to extend into open space, so I understand your problem. You'd just adjust your side mounts first to get the frame roughly centered, and slip on the pads after (provided you have enough thread on the rod to do so). I don't believe you should have any...
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    Proportional Stringing

    Easin' into a comeback! I probably won't spend as much time answering the stuff that's been answered a million times, but I'm hitting again a little bit these days (long term injuries put me on break), so my interest has been coming back :) Always worthwhile to discuss novel techniques - not...
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    ANOTHER which stringer would you choose?

    Ship it to me if it breaks :) I'll take it apart and repair it, or so a little light reverse engineering :) K mounts are fine functionally, but they block holes more aggressively than < > mounts. With < > mounts you honestly don't have to pay much attention to blocking holes as they stay very...
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    Proportional Stringing

    Sorry to drop in and dump a pile of information. I didn't fully read this thread and I can tell from the first few pages and this last page that the context has drifted significantly. I had a PM or two about proportional stringing, and i just decided to get my act together and follow up on some...
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    Which Stringer Would You Choose?

    Some isopropyl alcohol will help with the clamps. you can use the hex cylinder thing to hold the clamp base steady under the turn table (assuming this is the newer aluminum turntable style) and loosen the allen screw on top of the clamp base a smidge if it binds up. I typically tighten them so...
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    ANOTHER which stringer would you choose?

    I've actually never seen the Alpha Ultra Edge III before. Found a site with pics: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/alpha-ultra-edge-iii-tennis-racquet-247361032 It looks like a really nice machine, something along the lines of a Star 3 competitor. Clamps look quite nice, but the K mounts...
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    NOO!! Muppet is leaving TDub!

    Thanks, man. I just started hitting again, still have shoulder and wrist problems, and I may have injured my achilles :) Trying to get back into the literal swing of things :)
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    Which Stringer Would You Choose?

    My two cents: 1) Gravity release clamps in my experience are a pain, but you have a backup lever, so it's fine. This is a solid machine for the price. Alpha makes good stuff. 2-Used Gamma 5800 ELS (about 6 yrs old only used by 1 family) - Age isn't a big deal if it's only been used by one...
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    NOO!! Muppet is leaving TDub!

    I strung for Andy at UW, and went partially deaf sitting next to him cheering at matches :) Hope we cross paths again in the future, best of luck Andy.
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    How to create a custom paintjob (very detailed)

    imgur is a simple, straightforward, good one.
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