Alpha Strings Ltd

sschranz

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Hi, I have an old stringer - Alpha Strings Ltd, and I am looking for a specific part. I am looking for the rubber ring which is used to wrap the strings around when giving tension to the string.
By any chance can anyone assist please?
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Could be a very old Alpha machine. But then it may not be. I do not think you want to wrap a string around anything made of rubber before pulling tension. Rubber will dent and fall apart very quickly. My suggestion is that you post a model number of your machine. If you can't find it, take some photos of the machine and upload to a web hosting site. Then provide a link to those photos here so we can see what your machine is.
 
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Sounds like an older drop weight machine. You may be able to replace the drop weight assembly as a unit. Probably just one bolt running through the center of it.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Sounds like an older drop weight machine. You may be able to replace the drop weight assembly as a unit. Probably just one bolt running through the center of it.
Th entire tensioning assembly can be replaced. Or one can replace the ratcheting mechanism on the DW assembly. Still not sure what OP is talking about. :alien:
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Interesting comment. Could be true, but most of the current non eCP Alpha machines do not come with a diablo. I think all of their eCP do. If this is really as old as I think it is, it would not have a diablo. Still waiting on image.
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
It was the first thing that came to mind when the OP said “wrap the string around”. Otherwise it would have to be a rotational tensioning gripper but I have never seen rubber on those parts. (Klippermate, gamma drop weight and gamma els electronic rotational gripper)
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
It was the first thing that came to mind when the OP said “wrap the string around”. Otherwise it would have to be a rotational tensioning gripper but I have never seen rubber on those parts. (Klippermate, gamma drop weight and gamma els electronic rotational gripper)
I’ve never seen a rubber diablo either
 

fritzhimself

Semi-Pro
The way I suspect the OP has this type of stringing machine - it's an ancient Stringo.
By wrapping the string several times, it is held over the rubber and can be tensioned.

 

struggle

Legend
^^^ if that's the case, one could make this with some thin rubber, a pair of scissors, utility knife and some superglue.

Not that it will last forever, but if tensioning is as such it should work.

I've cut and made O-rings the same way. Just need to cut it straight (i used a utility knife, not scissors), the glue will hold. Glue the ends together,
Wipe away the excess so contact area is "clean".

One might even just glue the rubber onto the drum, another thought. No need to make a tight fitting ring.
 
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esgee48

G.O.A.T.
I would wonder if such old machines can accommodate thick beams and bigger than midsize. Looks like it would take a lot of time to mount and weave crosses.
 

struggle

Legend
I would wonder if such old machines can accommodate thick beams and bigger than midsize. Looks like it would take a lot of time to mount and weave crosses.
In the mid 80's i bought a used K-mate. It was branded "Court & Slope", i gather a tennis and ski company.
It was most definitely a K-mate as it had the same base as their recent drawer base. Same floating clamps too,
the vise-grips (although i had some spring-loaded ones as well...).

Anyhow, it had a crude 6 point mount not much unlike this as an add on to the normal two point setup.
(But, it was different with sliding rails for length adjustment with thrum screws etc)

At the time, I was stringing oversized racquets (I was playing the Wimbledon All-Pro) with no issue. I don't recall
stringing a widebody (been awhile, and the Profile came along), BUT my side mounts were not C-style mounts but merely
bolts/posts that you would snug up against the frame. The posts were wrapped in plastic tubing, tape etc as to not damage
the frame.

Hard telling with this one, looks the only length adjustment is the billiards. I had more options.
 

fritzhimself

Semi-Pro
I have the picture from a used market exchange.
In the upper center of the picture is a metal cylinder with a slot - which can be moved individually - what the holes give - so you can direct the string to the rubber - fantastic idea.
Well, ancient technology - maybe you should think about a new acquisition? :rolleyes:
 

struggle

Legend
I have the picture from a used market exchange.
In the upper center of the picture is a metal cylinder with a slot - which can be moved individually - what the holes give - so you can direct the string to the rubber - fantastic idea.
Well, ancient technology - maybe you should think about a new acquisition? :rolleyes:
Gravity is a b i t c h.

If that black "rubber' (do i see a set screw?) piece is indeed the issue (that you point out), looks like it may keep the metal table from cutting/gouging the string?

From the OP, seems like that is not the issue. Nor does the angle in the photo.
 
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fritzhimself

Semi-Pro
I meant this part - here "can" direct the string. This cylinder can be adjusted individually (using the available holes).



Whether that has the alpha stringer, I can not say - is in any case curious.
 

hadoken

Semi-Pro
So I know EXACTLY what the OP is talking about as I had that stringer. It's the Alpha Pioneer Jr and yes, you just wrap the string around the cylinder and pull down. The string is held in place by crossing it over in the wrap. I hated it.

OP, I am sure Newtech has some of those old rubber sleeves lying around but seriously I would just ditch it and get a newer dropweight. Your clamps are probably pretty old too. Make your life easier
 

Wes

Professional
The way I suspect the OP has this type of stringing machine - it's an ancient Stringo.
By wrapping the string several times, it is held over the rubber and can be tensioned.

Pffft.
That looks like a nightmare to deal with.

So I know EXACTLY what the OP is talking about as I had that stringer. It's the Alpha Pioneer Jr and yes, you just wrap the string around the cylinder and pull down. The string is held in place by crossing it over in the wrap. I hated it.

OP, I am sure Newtech has some of those old rubber sleeves lying around but seriously I would just ditch it and get a newer dropweight. Your clamps are probably pretty old too. Make your life easier
^^^
Agreed.
 
In the mid 80's i bought a used K-mate. It was branded "Court & Slope", i gather a tennis and ski company.
It was most definitely a K-mate as it had the same base as their recent drawer base. Same floating clamps too,
the vise-grips (although i had some spring-loaded ones as well...).

Anyhow, it had a crude 6 point mount not much unlike this as an add on to the normal two point setup.
(But, it was different with sliding rails for length adjustment with thrum screws etc)

At the time, I was stringing oversized racquets (I was playing the Wimbledon All-Pro) with no issue. I don't recall
stringing a widebody (been awhile, and the Profile came along), BUT my side mounts were not C-style mounts but merely
bolts/posts that you would snug up against the frame. The posts were wrapped in plastic tubing, tape etc as to not damage
the frame.

Hard telling with this one, looks the only length adjustment is the billiards. I had more options.
My 1st dropweight was a Court & Slope. I don't think it was a K-Mate though, as those were being sold also. I bought it from ATS (now out of business). The mounting arms were much longer, so it gave you more room under the racket to use clamps ets. The gripper mechanism wasn't quite like the K-Mate either. Mine was only a 2 point mounting system, so your 6 point could have been marketed by several sellers.
 
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