Help to identify an old 2 points stringing machine

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  1. batouery

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    Got this one cheap from Craigslist. But I don't know what machine it is, or if I missed anything.

    There are two pieces of weird rubber with Dunlop logo came along with the machine, but I cannot find a clue about them.

    Also, floating clamps are plastic, so I guess it's a petty basic model.

    No logo or text on the machine.

    Thanks in advance![​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  2. mmk

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    The floating clamps look very much like those from a Gamma Progression 200 as do some of the other parts. But the base isn't the same. Probably from the same factory.
     
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  3. krisdrum

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    Looks exactly like an ATS Super Stringer. It is a pre-cursor to the Gamma Progression 200. I have one. No clue what the rubber Dunlop pieces are. The rest looks intact. If you peel the ribbed rubber mat up, I bet you there is a logo under it. That is where my machine's logo is. Looks like the previous owner also added the ribbed rubber on top of the mounting platforms. Probably not needed, as it looks like the original smooth rubber pad is still intact below. I retired the clamps for Klippermate clamps, and have enjoyed learning to string on it.
     
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    Odd piece is a Dunlop broken vibration damper, clamped around the bottom string IIRC.
     
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  5. batouery

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    You rocks! ATS Super Stringer is probably the same as Gamma Pro 100? I never thought I can peel the rubber mat up!

    Thanks krisdrum![​IMG]
     
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    Probably. Believe Gamma bought ATS at some point and re-branded their machines.
     
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    Do you think is there any else I needed before I can start learning the stringing? Is there any cheap upgrades can greatly improve the usibilty?

    Thanks.
     
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  8. krisdrum

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    Probably not, you have everything you need to learn the process. The results may not be stellar, but that is the learning curve. I'd try stringing a few times before investing more money. You may find it isn't for you.

    Personally, I'd bought new clamps. I had nothing but issues with the plastic ones. Klippermate seem to be the best bang for the buck. Stringways are the top of the line, but come with a price. I've also found a small bubble level strapped to the weight arm to help keep me pretty consistent and relatively quick. Doesn't look like you have any awls or cutters, those make the job easier. As does a starting clamp. But they are probably more "nice to have" instead of "need".

    Go watch a bunch of video, read a bunch of instruction manuals, and get some cheap cheap string to practice with.
     
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  9. gmatheis

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    A pair of inexpensive toenail clippers and perhaps some sort of small pliers (like a needle nose) is about all you "need"

    A good starting clamp is nice to have but you don't "need" it
     
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  11. krisdrum

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    That is awesome! I searched high and low for a manual for mine when I bought it. Think I finally found one, but it was not as detailed as this one. You can clearly see the machine is labeled "Super Stringer" in all the photos.

    My version originally had shorter mounting towers. The previous owner must have over-tensioned one and cracked it where it mounts to the turntable and replaced them with the Gamma version, which are a good few inches taller. That has caused me so many headaches since the height of the tension assembly is not adjustable.

    OP - fortunately, it looks like your machine has an appropriately tall tension assembly to go along with the taller mounting towers.
     
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  12. max

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    Second on the Kmate clamps. I have a Kmate, but bought a Gamma plastic clamp because I thought it might be better. . . but it was much worse.
     
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