Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by skyedge, Jul 15, 2009.
I tried to call them but their phone was disconnected, and nobody answers my emails too.
Hm, interesting. At least their new website still seems to be up. I thought they couldn't crank out the Quantum fast enough for people to buy...
There's already a thread with updated info in "Strings". They are still in business, just installing a new phone system. Where are you sending your emails (i.e. what address)? I got a reply within the hour of my email, as always. I buy string and grips from LF on a regular basis and am glad it is business as usual. The web site is the same and has been there for quite a while.
I sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now I got the same email from them. It's weird that a new phone system would cause their numbers to be disconnected.
Hey il mostro, how do you like the SP DG?
Not weird at all. I had the same situation when my local AAA changed phone systems and could not get through for a tow for three hours. :-(
I'm still loving it. No problems since I got it -- working exactly as it should.
I love mine as well...
Pros and Cons of the machine? Am considering, Gamma Progression ES II, SP DG, and Neos 1k.
Just from a features standpoint, the only gripe I would have with the DG is that it is a rotational gripper (needs a bit more string to reach and tension a string), and the brake could be better (by better, I mean a disc brake like that found on a Neos 1k).
Again, it's from a features standpoint. I haven't used the DG, nor have I used the Gamma. If you have questions on the Neos, I have used it, and i'd be glad to help.
As mentioned on the previous post, the only possible issues one might give thought to with the DG are the rotational gripper and brake. I have given thought to these, but after working with this machine they are more conceptual than real-world issues for me.
The brake is fully functional in terms of holding the table; no issues at all in performing this task. It does not do so in an infinite number of positions; the 8 positions it locks in are completely adequate for me. The brake worked fine on the three O3 Tours I strung yesterday.
The rotational gripper takes a little more string than a linear gripper. When I run short on the last cross there are several things I do. It is a simple matter to use a starting clamp as a bridge. I have one already prepared for this task at the ready, so not a big deal. In fact, by wrapping the string only once around the gripper (versus the two recommended in the instructions) this is often not necessary. The gripper is so effective, all that is really needed is enough string to slide past the slot where it clamps down, so this works too.
The features I like are multiple pull speeds, variable pre-stretch, knot over-tension, extremely precise tension (with zero calibration needed required during my ownership -- still measures spot-on), tension adjustable in small fractions of a pound (down to 1/10th), push-button convenience with an intuitive keypad layout. The basics are there too: stable table; solid 6-point mounting system and good clamps. Lots of good options in the $1,000 +/- price range, but the full features of the DG are why I went with it.
I agree 100% with Mostro. I have used my DG going on 4 years now. It is the only stringer that I have had a chance to string on. I cut extra length of string when I pull the mains as stated it does take a little more string with the rotational gripper then the pattern calls for, but I can make it up on the cross string. I check the calibration regular and it is always dead on!!! Mostro how long have you had your DG???
About a year and a half now. I have chronic upgraditis with all things. I have threatened to get an Opus or something of similar ilk but, for my modest needs, I don't think it will do anything too much better from a purely functional standpoint. Again, that's just for my needs and volume. I can always sink that money into a ball machine, audio gear or lots of IPA
I almost bought this one off the big auction site, item number 170355364116, but it was 5 years old. Like new condition but had the 5 tooth clamps. I think the newer ones have 3 tooth. I really liked the Aria machine, the best clamps I have used. Plus the tension head worked very well.
Same clamps on DG, Aria, Opus and Maestro now. They work very well.
My DG came with deferent clamps ( 4 tooth ) and I up-graded to the Opus clamp (3 tooth)… did your DG come with the 3 tooth or the 4 ???
I bought mine when the old clamps were still standard and paid extra for the clamp upgrade. Cost is the same now as my machine purchase plus the three tooth clamps. Not that I expect problems, but it is nice to have an extra set of clamps so it works out fine for me.
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