I feel like a new man

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  1. Rabbit

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    So, this weekend I sprung for a Babolat Sensor machine. I already feel like a new and changed man. I find myself not wanting to use my old faithful GSS starting clamp and leaning toward the two Babolat clamps I have. My new Wise is just not as shiny as it once was. My NEOS 1500 is just an ordinary "home stringer" machine now, not fit for a "professional". It's a hobby stringer really. I find my nose has elevated to a new position. I look down at most things now even though I'm well under 6 foot. I even find myself wanting to say 1.829M instead of 6 feet. My stringer knowledge has increased 10 fold already. And I have this strange urge to video myself stringing rackets, commenting, and then posting the videos.

    And I haven't even received it.
     
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  3. jim e

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    Good for you! Hope you enjoy it!!
     
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    I felt the same way going from an Alpha Ghost to a Biarado last week. Enjoy the new machine. :D
     
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  5. Rabbit

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    Thanks to all. In point of fact, I consider myself a hobby stringer, and I am very excited about getting this machine. My wife hasn't received the news yet, so I am fairly certain this will be the last machine I buy :)
     
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  6. loosegroove

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    Too late! You can't try and backtrack now and claim, "I'm still one of the guys!". I've already seen too far up your nostrils.
     
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    So, a barely used Sensor could show up at an estate sale very soon. I will be on the lookout!
     
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    Congrats on your new acquisition. Btw, where did you purchase it from?
     
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    From an estate sale when the prior owner's sig other took unkindly to being strung along
     
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    Funny. Congratulation on your new machine.
     
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    It was on the large auction site. It had 3600 rackets strung on it and had been recently "tuned". I think they have one more to sell.
     
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    3 hours later and you are still posting? you didn't tell the wife yet did you? :)

    Congrats!
     
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  13. Rabbit

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    Not yet. After 37 years of married bliss, I'm still a big chicken. I figure I'll cross that road when the boxes show up or when she sees me disassembling my 1500 to ship off........ The hard part is going to be justifying the purchase of a new Wise last month only to discard it...
     
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    I wouldn't have a hard time justifying to my wife the new purchase considering you're selling the old one. In my case, I'm aiming for the Ghost2 (3K) or the Gamma 9900 ELS (4+k) AND keeping the Neos 1500 for backup and the wife actually agreed (begrudgingly). And I don't even come near your volume by a million miles (yet). But yes I did kinda inflate the volume potential a bit though and then promised to work stringing racquets for life, plus power wash the fence, windows, driveway, etc. etc. :)

    EDIT: And not play too much tennis...
     
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  17. am1899

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    Now that your head is sufficiently inflated...looking forward to finding new condescending how-to videos on YouTube, featuring an expert stringer with his expert machine.
     
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  18. jim e

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    Since you don't have it as yet, you still have time to tell her before you actually get it.
    Take her to her favorite restaurant and at dinner tell her oh by the way, and you should be fine.
     
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  19. Hmgraphite1

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    Take her to mickyds and tell her this is it for a while, since you bought a new machine.
     
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    Enjoy the sensor is a great machine and tank so you shouldn’t have to worry
    Too much on it
     
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  21. Rabbit

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    Yes, I've been thinking of new & innovative patterns some from the bottom up double pulling mains & new stringing uses for ordinary household items, all the while dreams of balance points and twist weights dance through my head. I wonder how long I'll be able to tolerate the "little people" once I've entered the Babolat realm. Even the much vaunted Star 5 is a hobbyist machine compared to the mighty Sensor. I've already charged up the video camera batteries & found my fire wire to "run it" up to the PC. And I've had this urge to watch Matlock reruns.....can't figure out why....
     
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  22. am1899

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    Listen to your heart.
     
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  23. jim e

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    Rabbit: I slightly remember something about the Sensor base clamps where the original Base clamps had a problem and babolat replaced them with an updated base clamp.
    most likely someone here would know more about this, or maybe you would know as well. I remember a few years back vaguely remembering something along those lines.
     
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  24. jim e

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    Rabbit: I slightly remember something about the Sensor base clamps where the original Base clamps had a problem and babolat replaced them with an updated base clamp.
    most likely someone here would know more about this, or maybe you would know as well. I remember a few years back vaguely
     
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  25. Rabbit

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    Thanks, Jim. I don't know anything about the Mighty Sensor save that it's allegedly a really good machine. I would assume with only 3600 frameson this that it has the latest greatest.
     
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  26. jim e

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    The Babolat rep here may be able to tell you if was upgraded with the replacement clamps with the serial # I would assume.You may want to ask him about that.
     
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    @jim e, thanks, that's a great idea
     
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    Rabbit: Congrats on getting the Sensor machine. As far as the clamp bases go, Babolat changed the base to a heavier single spring inside the base. You should be able to look inside the base mechanism and see if it has two springs or just one. The single spring is the redesigned current version. The machine can be used with broken springs, but is just harder to move the base around.

    I will have the same problem with my wife after I order my next machine. hahahahahahah

    A. Lee
     
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    Matlock??
    Dude, don't you know? Murder She Wrote is where it's at! :)
     
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  32. Steve Huff

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    Thanks to all. In point of fact, I consider myself a hobby stringer, and I am very excited about getting this machine. My wife hasn't received the news yet, so I am fairly certain this will be the last machine I buy :)

    Hopefully, she'll let you live to post another day.
     
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  33. Steve Huff

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    Buying without telling first is actually not that bad. They say apologizing is easier than convincing anyway. I've bought 2 cars without telling my wife first, and she bought a house for my son while he was in college without telling me first. We're still together.
     
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  34. Rabbit

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    Well, this morning, I took a good, long hard look at my man card and told her.

    Me: "Ohhhh......I spent some of my tennis money. I bought a new stringer."

    Her: "I thought you just bought a new stringer thing last month."

    Me: "I did. But this is the end all. I purchased a Mighty Sensor. I've already sold my NEOS and will sell the other thing as well."

    Her: "That's nice."
     
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    Her: i've been spending thousands for years on products and chotkeys around the house and you get to enjoy these too. Ain't life great. I surprised you finally had the balls to spend money on yourself.
     
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  37. 1HBHfanatic

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    Sooo, hows the new machine?
     
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  38. Rabbit

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    Arrives Wednesday!!! I have 5 to do when it gets here. Did my last 5 on the old machine last night (maybe :) )
     
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  39. diredesire

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    Tell me what you think of the clamps :)

    I actually still don't like them very much. The holding power is great, but the bases underneath the turntable are freaking huge. I can't get them both up to the tip at the same time (on crosses) like I used to, I have to wait until ~1/3 of the way down the frame before I can rotate the bases up at the tip, out of the way of the clamps. No major issue as it's easy to work around, but old habits die hard. I'm pretty sure I also have one of the old bases with the spring issue, but I don't string enough to be bothered to take it apart :)

    It'll be funny how your birds-eye-view will actually change once you've hit the high end machines. Confirmation bias (both up and down the range of machine "niceness") is a real thing.
     
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    you are no longer part of the prince ektelon crew. you are dead to us! smh!
     
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  42. am1899

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    Rabbit doesn’t need any ideas. As soon as his Sensor arrives, he will surely become all-knowing.
     
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    Speaking of arrivals, it is Wednesday. Let’s see some pics @Rabbit!
     
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    So, last weekend I splurged on a Neos 1500 machine. I already feel like a refurbished and altered dude. My new Stringway flying clamps are just not as shiny as they once were. My Gamma X-2 is just a rudimentary “starter stringer” machine now, not fit for a “hobbyist”. It’s a toy stringer really. I find my chin has elevated to a new level. I finally look eye-to-eye to most things now, even though I’ve long been within millimeters of 6 foot. I even find myself wanting to say 2 yards instead of 6 feet. My stringer knowledge has increased 2 fold already. And I have this strange urge to watch videos of @Rabbit stringing rackets, commenting, and then sharing his videos.

    And I haven’t even received it.

    (Rabbit's impulsive purchase, led to my impulsive purchase...I'll be getting his old Neos 1500 :))
     
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  45. Rabbit

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    And soon my son it will be rolling up to the great yons of your realm. It is two years old. I shall clean it and hopefully get it out first of next week.
     
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  46. Rabbit

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    The Mighty Sensor showed up today. After work, I got a little helping hand from the folks I bought it from on how to assemble the stand and base. Once that was done, I got some strong back/weak mind help to move the Mighty Sensor from the garage to its final resting place. So far, 5 rackets have be expertly rewoven using this machine.

    Right off the bat likes
    • The tensioning unit is unbelievable. Absolutely no noise, solid pulls, quick and no stutter at all. I am super impressed.
    • The clamps. I've heard everybody rave about them, and now I know why. They are the best I've ever used.
    • The Mighty Sensor is a little lower than either of my previous machines and the way it's laid out gives you a really nice view of your work.
    • Clamp bases - I dig 'em!
    • Auto release - release your clamp and the base unlocks. Someone is going to have to explain to me why you should unlock your base first when unlock the clamp does it for you.... Daddy like.
    • There is something about this machine that promotes straight crosses. I don't know if it's my technique has had to be better on my previous machines and now is rewarded or if the machine is helping much more than my previous. But my crosses are ruler straight from first to last!
    • The knot button......enough said
    Going to have to get used to
    • I have to say, right now between the NEOS 1500 mounting system and the Sensor, I like the NEOS. It is simpler and easier to use--and as solid.
    • Those damn support arms. They may be fine and dandy and support the racket in ways my other machines didn't, but right now they are in the way!
    • Circular tracks - they are a little harder to use than the straight ones on the 1500.
    Are you kidding me?
    • I guess really good stringers like @uk_skippy don't need tools. There isn't a tool tray on this machine, there's a tool cubby -- really Babolat?
    • 200 pounds of stringing technology. It ain't mobile. :)
    Finally, if someone could help me about @abllee2198 (maybe) the machine came minus one of the c-bracket rubber mounts (I hope I described that accurately). Does anyone know where I can get those? Do I need to go through Babolat?
     
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  47. esgee48

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    Doh. Cuz there's little or no chance you can damage the string if you unlock the base first. Release clamp first has a very small probability that it may scratch the surface of the string. A BELATED CONGRATULATIONS.
     
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    Maybe Rabbit got a Sensor Expert, with electromagnetic clamp bases? The way he described the auto-release feature makes me think that may be the case.
     
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    Rabbit: Congrats on your new machine. Quite a step up from the Neos.

    Missing gray support arm billiards? or are you missing one of the 6 or 12 o'clock billiards?

    Should be able to buy them from JC at Tennis Machines in St. Louis or Jason at Babolat USA. If you have trouble email me at abllee@verizon.net.

    A. Lee

     
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    You really only need to unlock the base first on gut. So that if the string moves or recoils it doesn't scratch against the clamps. And while you feel that you can see alot based on the height of the machine I would raise it as high as you can handle if you're going to be doing any sort of volume. With the ghost as a table top and now the baiardo I'm stringing up near my arm pits and my back hasn't felt this good in 5 years. You'll get used to the babolat mounting system and curved rails soon enough. It'll probably take 20+ rackets to feel really comfortable coming off a neos but by the time you hit 100 you'll wonder how you did it any other way.
     
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