I am looking to purchase my first stringer. Initially I will just be stringing for myself, but as long as I enjoy it and have the time I intend to string for others as time goes on. But there is no guarantee that I will have the desire or time to do so, so the initial budget I've set is $500. It will be a long term investment as I am still in my younger years, and the hope is that my son will take an interest in tennis one of these days as well. My plan was if I do start stringing for others, I will set aside any money I make doing so to put towards upgrading to a Wise eventually. So with my $500 budget, I'm trying to decide on buying a new Alpha DC plus or, I also came across a used Neos 1000 for sale for the same price. However, it is atleast 10-12 years and shows some significant wear, but is supposed to be fully functional. I know if I was trying to decide between both new it would be an obvious choice. And yes I am aware it's an apples to oranges comparison (crank vs dropweight, 2pt mount vs 6pt, stand vs tabletop, etc). But given the same price, which would be the better investment? Having never owned a stringer, I'm just not aware of all the risks/concerns associated with purchasing an older used machine which is my hesitation in purchasing the Neos. Thanks in advance!