Neos Glide Bars

joneal

New User
Hey all! Found a Prince Neos 1000 in great condition used but was missing string clamps and glide bars.. have found the clamps and just need the glide bars now. tennismachines is currently sold out (and on 3 month back order after speaking with jc) and tmpros doesn’t have stock either.

Hoping y’all have some other sources for getting a pair of glide bars.
Thanks!
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
You could use floating clamps until TM gets more stock. Or you could try ordering a set of clamps and glide bars from Eagnas for their EAG 300/300H (not a really good alternative.) Or you could see if Alpha has parts for their really old Alpha Pioneer III which had glide bars (not really good either.) Problem is the measurements needed to fit the bars to the NEOS. Not sure of dimensions which is why I said to use floating clamps.
 
Are you set on the NEOS 1000? 2 point mount and those slider bars were kind of a pain to use.

(Could be a biased opinion because I learned on that machine, and we all know what learning to string a racquet is like)
 

joneal

New User
You could use floating clamps until TM gets more stock. Or you could try ordering a set of clamps and glide bars from Eagnas for their EAG 300/300H (not a really good alternative.) Or you could see if Alpha has parts for their really old Alpha Pioneer III which had glide bars (not really good either.) Problem is the measurements needed to fit the bars to the NEOS. Not sure of dimensions which is why I said to use floating clamps.
@esgee48 I've looked at floating clamps and don't mind purchasing/using in the meantime - only issue is calibration - having a hard time picturing how to calibrate the tension head with only floating clamps... any suggestions there would be great
 

joneal

New User
Are you set on the NEOS 1000? 2 point mount and those slider bars were kind of a pain to use.

(Could be a biased opinion because I learned on that machine, and we all know what learning to string a racquet is like)
@Say Chi Sin Lo Kind of set on the News 1000 since I've already got it, ha. Picked one up in great condition with all parts (minus glide bars & clamps) and manual for $350 locally -- clamps were a quick find, just no stock on the glide bars right now.

Strung on a Star 5 at the old pro shop but don't have access to that anymore (and don't expect the NEOS to be anywhere near as nice, just wanted a low maintenance machine for home use)
 
@Say Chi Sin Lo Kind of set on the News 1000 since I've already got it, ha. Picked one up in great condition with all parts (minus glide bars & clamps) and manual for $350 locally -- clamps were a quick find, just no stock on the glide bars right now.

Strung on a Star 5 at the old pro shop but don't have access to that anymore (and don't expect the NEOS to be anywhere near as nice, just wanted a low maintenance machine for home use)
Nice, that's a good pick up and I hope you will enjoy it for years to come! Not going to lie, I've been looking at spare parts to refresh my own old and aging machine. These spare parts are so difficult to find. And when you find them, they want the spare parts for half the cost of the entire machine.
 
Maybe a silly thought, but if you have the clamps and know the dimensions of the rest, Wouldn’t it be possible to have someone machine a set of glide bars including the mounting bits.

I couldn’t do it, but for a person with the right experience and tools it may be pretty simple.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
@esgee48 I've looked at floating clamps and don't mind purchasing/using in the meantime - only issue is calibration - having a hard time picturing how to calibrate the tension head with only floating clamps... any suggestions there would be great
You don't need clamps to calibrate any machine. On one end of the calibration device has a string with a loop. That loop fits over a mounting post. The other end is a piece of string that goes into the gripper. With CP, you pull and read to see if the device and the set ref tension are the same. If not, you adjust your machine. With LO, you need to read as soon as the machine locks out. You need an instantaneous reading. You adjust the lock out until the ref tension equals the instantaneous reading.
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
Email JC or the TM customer service and place your order in for the glide bars. I purchased one recently and they are exactly like stock. On back ordered items that I put my order in for, they came sooner than estimated. Jc definitely over delivers. I can’t imagine that machining glide bars would be any cheaper or better than the stock. Also you would need one as an example to get specifications so with out any you are sort of out of luck.

NEOs 1000 is such an awesome machine. The design is timeless and so well thought out. I was going to say don’t bother with other clamps. The prince ones are the best Ones ever on a glide bar machine.

I think the wait will go by quickly although it is very tempting to get your machine functioning. As post earlier you could string with floating clamps. Or you can make sure everything is in tip top shape. Clean or grease were you need. Check the pad cushions for wear. Check the tightness of the racquet mounts.
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
This is fairly pricey to add to an old machine, but I was looking at this for an Ektelon Model H I just got for super cheap. I’m going to just try as-is for now though. https://sites.google.com/site/stringerupgrade/6-point-mount-upgrade
The product video was posted 9 years ago and I’m surprised that I’ve never come across it. Definitely a cool idea but the clamp bases and locking mechanism does not look like there is much design in it. Perfectly functional though. You could maybe just purchase that conversion base plate and get some clamps and bases from pros pro or eagnas.
 
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