Best electric table top stringer in the $1k range, Gamma Progression?

#1
I'm looking to experiment with strings and tensions again. I dislike stringing on a crank machine that I have so I'm looking at electric in the $1200 or less range. There aren't a ton of choices in the electric, cheap/mid range, also avoid Eagnas?
 

graycrait

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The local college tennis center has a Gamma X-ELS that gets a lot of use and has been there for some years. It never breaks and I never hear any complaints. I use a Neos 1000 and am satisfied with what I can do with it. But if I knew then what I know now I may have gone for the X-ELS.
 
#3
I've been using a Gamma Prog. II ELS for about five years and it's been nothing but great for me. No issues, no hiccups, and I can honestly say that I'd go right out and get another one if mine was stolen by the Baby New Year.

A buddy of mine who runs a small club and works insane hours teaching also picked up one of these machines on my recommendation and it's been nothing but smooth sailing for him, too.
 
#4
Gamma Progression II ELS Red has been amazing for me so far. Obvious it's not top of the line but does everything I need it to do. The only annoyance is having to set the brackets for each racket. I ended up getting a floor mount for the machine so that I could use it like any normal high end machine. It's also nice to get the foot pedal eventually but it's definitely not necessary. You might be able to find some used. There was someone who did a review on the blue version of this machine on here, you just have to look it up.
 

gmatheis

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I'm looking to experiment with strings and tensions again. I dislike stringing on a crank machine that I have so I'm looking at electric in the $1200 or less range. There aren't a ton of choices in the electric, cheap/mid range, also avoid Eagnas?
What crank machine do you currently have ?
 
#7
Gamma Progression II ELS Red has been amazing for me so far. Obvious it's not top of the line but does everything I need it to do. The only annoyance is having to set the brackets for each racket. I ended up getting a floor mount for the machine so that I could use it like any normal high end machine. It's also nice to get the foot pedal eventually but it's definitely not necessary. You might be able to find some used. There was someone who did a review on the blue version of this machine on here, you just have to look it up.
Yeah, I'm not a fan of the 6 point mount on the ELS. It's serviceable and does its job, but it's pretty bulky and not all that efficient for mounting rackets.
 
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gmatheis

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Gamma Progression II ELS Red has been amazing for me so far. Obvious it's not top of the line but does everything I need it to do. The only annoyance is having to set the brackets for each racket. I ended up getting a floor mount for the machine so that I could use it like any normal high end machine. It's also nice to get the foot pedal eventually but it's definitely not necessary. You might be able to find some used. There was someone who did a review on the blue version of this machine on here, you just have to look it up.
That's why I'm curious what machine he has currently.

Maybe it's not the crank he doesn't like but the crappy machine he has, in which case he could look at the Gamma 6004 and the Alpha Apex Speed, both probably much nicer platforms that could be upgraded with a Wise 2086 in the future.
 
#10
Just out of curiosity because that is often doubtful when stringers look for cheap electronic machines:

What advantages does the OP expect to have with an electronic machine?

(I did not read all the posts so maybe my question has already come up)
 
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