Hi all, I'm looking forward to buying my first stringing machine. I've read a lot of posts in here and still not decided on what to get. I don't know anything about stringing so would really like a machine that is easy to use plus that will last for a long time. I'm planning on stringing about 1-4 racquets per week, then later if my friends want me to do some for them, then it might get to about 4-8 per week. I am buying the machine with a friend of mine so our budget will be about $600. I would also like to know which are good strings that will last long and are great for playability. Currently a friend of mine string my racquets but he charges too much for the job ($25-$30) and he always uses synthetic gut duraflex (prince) or wilson synthetic gut extreme strings which I know are very cheap. I hit fine with them, just that I break my strings about once a week so they don't seem to last. These are the machines I was looking at, don't know much about the differences in them since I don't understand much of the "stringing" language or anything else about it. -Alpha revo 4000 -Gamma Progression ST II Stringing Machine -Gamma Progression II 602 FC Stringing Machine If there is any other you guys might recommend for a beginner stringer like me, please feel free to add. Thanks. Thanks all for your input in this.