Unsatisfied with the local sports store's incompetent stringer(1), i bought a cheap ATS SuperStringerII dropweight machine a few years ago; wow, best 200$ i've ever spent. If you are not familiar with the red SuperStringerII machine, i believe it's identical to the blue Gamma X-2, but don't quote me on this.. I just strung my 300th racquet today and that number got me thinking: how long is this thing going to hold up? Three hundred racquets strung and i have yet to run into a problem. And i have to admit, i'm not really the maintenance type of guy, it's just not happening. Knocking on wood here but i expect something to break soon. Modern products aren't made to last that long... or so says my uncle. Let's see what we have: 1- String gripper: this thing can't keep gripping strings indefinitely, right? It has to lose some gripping power one day or the other. I guess i can just change the sandpaper type material when this day comes, if it does come? 2- Tension head mechanism: i'm surprised this click-inducing mechanism is still working as good as it was on day 1. It's a good thing though because i suppose the whole machine dies with this part in the event of a clicking failure or malfunction. Or can you actually just change this part of the machine for a reasonable price? 3- Flying clamps: They are light, plastic, red and look like cheap toys but... don't judge too quickly. They are still going strong after 300 racquets and show no sign of fatigue, just like the rest. Definitely not viewing them as "cheap toys" anymore, they do get the job done... 4- What else could break/wear out? Anybody else out there still going strong with their cheap little dropweight? (1) I brought him a full 40ft Cyberflash package with another unopened 40ft of some syn gut for a hybrid job and he gave me back 10ft of each string trying to explain to me that it was delusional to expect 2 x 20ft back in order to string another racquet. "Not possible", according to him.