Prince Neos 1500

#1
Does anyone know where i can order the 1500. Yes i called tennis machines and they are BO with no idea when they will be back in stock. They offered me the 1000 but I'm leaning towards the swivel clamps. I've had the Ektelon H model for 35 plus years and its still working at 100%. The H is a tank.

So any other suppliers of the 1500 ?

Thanks in advance!
 

MAX PLY

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#3
David 110 beat me to the punch. Check out the after-market swivel clamps he mentions. If you have a perfectly working H, there is no need to get a Neos 1000 (in my opinion, the H is actually a better machine). The 1500 is nice but you might have to wait to get one (I have checked around at other vendors and I did not see any available--if TM doesn't have them, likely no one will). So, I think that leaves you to either wait and get the 1500 or consider the aftermarket option--the good news is that you've got a great machine until then. FWIW, I have never found glidebars to be a handicap (but then again, I don't string racquetball racquets and I rarely see fan pattern (and those are easily worked around anyway). Good luck.
 
#4
David 110 beat me to the punch. Check out the after-market swivel clamps he mentions. If you have a perfectly working H, there is no need to get a Neos 1000 (in my opinion, the H is actually a better machine). The 1500 is nice but you might have to wait to get one (I have checked around at other vendors and I did not see any available--if TM doesn't have them, likely no one will). So, I think that leaves you to either wait and get the 1500 or consider the aftermarket option--the good news is that you've got a great machine until then. FWIW, I have never found glidebars to be a handicap (but then again, I don't string racquetball racquets and I rarely see fan pattern (and those are easily worked around anyway). Good luck.
Just curious. How do you deal with fan-patterned racquets in a a glide bar type stringer?
 
#6
Thanks for the reply boys! I need a second machine at the different location that's why i was asking about the 1500. If anyone knows where i can source them pls let me know. No rush but the sooner the better. How does the Gamma 6004 compare to the NEos?
 

MAX PLY

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#7
I have only used the 5003 which I thought was nice. What does TM recommend instead of the 1500? Their price on the 6004 looks good by the way.
 

gmatheis

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#8
Thanks for the reply boys! I need a second machine at the different location that's why i was asking about the 1500. If anyone knows where i can source them pls let me know. No rush but the sooner the better. How does the Gamma 6004 compare to the NEos?
Not sure how they compare, but I've seen the 6004 and it's pretty darn nice. gravity release base clamps, and single dial for both support arms (if you get the 6pt mount) those are the 2 things I wish my 5800 had.
 

MAX PLY

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#10
^^^Now that I see you just need another machine, heck, I'd get the 1000 if you are in a hurry over the other LO options (but glide bars do not trouble me)--that way I'd know I have a machine I can pretty much always depend on. If I were stringing at pro tournaments or in a conspicuous retail setting I'd go upper end electronic (e.g., Wilson, Bab or Technifibre) but if you need a machine that will literally crank out frame after frame with little troubleshooting, the Neos 1000 is great choice.
 
#12
^^^Now that I see you just need another machine, heck, I'd get the 1000 if you are in a hurry over the other LO options (but glide bars do not trouble me)--that way I'd know I have a machine I can pretty much always depend on. If I were stringing at pro tournaments or in a conspicuous retail setting I'd go upper end electronic (e.g., Wilson, Bab or Technifibre) but if you need a machine that will literally crank out frame after frame with little troubleshooting, the Neos 1000 is great choice.
I have to agree with you , having said that i've been using the H for 35 yrs and it would be nice to have a minor upgrade with the new machine :)
 
#13
Not sure how they compare, but I've seen the 6004 and it's pretty darn nice. gravity release base clamps, and single dial for both support arms (if you get the 6pt mount) those are the 2 things I wish my 5800 had.
I don’t think the clamps on the 6004 are gravity release. The 6004 does have diamond dusted clamps though which is a big plus. Another big plus for the Gamma is their machines and parts are readily available.
 
#14
I don’t think the clamps on the 6004 are gravity release. The 6004 does have diamond dusted clamps though which is a big plus. Another big plus for the Gamma is their machines and parts are readily available.
I think you're right , but aren't they like pushbutton release or something?
 
#22
6004 clamps aren't gravity release. They are nice enough base clamps BUT having fondled the 1500,
the Neos base clamps are much nicer, needing much less throw/pressure
to lock them in place.
No idea about the availability, didn't realize they were not available now until i saw this thread.
 
#24
Lucky Me .... Hope its not a TYPO by TW but i just completed my order for my NEOS 1500. Totally stoked! Please go to the Machine's and tell me i'm not dreaming :)
 
#29
UPDATE : So after I make the order and "pay" I receive a nice your order is being processed email I heard nothing. After two weeks i call TW and ask about my pending delivery. I was told the machine is back ordered and they don't know when it will be back in stock. I will be getting a refund this week. The website was updated and the 1500 removed again from the shopping area.

So this is the last time i will ask. I have $2000.00 budget for a machine.

Can anyone help sway my decision which machine I should purchase. I keep going back to the NEOS 1000 but i'm open to your thoughts guys. Thanks in advance again for the help. H.
 
#30
UPDATE : So after I make the order and "pay" I receive a nice your order is being processed email I heard nothing. After two weeks i call TW and ask about my pending delivery. I was told the machine is back ordered and they don't know when it will be back in stock. I will be getting a refund this week. The website was updated and the 1500 removed again from the shopping area.

So this is the last time i will ask. I have $2000.00 budget for a machine.

Can anyone help sway my decision which machine I should purchase. I keep going back to the NEOS 1000 but i'm open to your thoughts guys. Thanks in advance again for the help. H.
Gamma 6004
 
#34
Or...you could always check out the large auction site. They have some used Babolats there in that price range. I can tell you from personal experience, you'll get one helluva machine.
 
#35
Or...you could always check out the large auction site. They have some used Babolats there in that price range. I can tell you from personal experience, you'll get one helluva machine.
A Lockout with a Wise is not even in the same class as the Babolat, but that depends on the shape of the machines too.
 
#36
A Lockout with a Wise is not even in the same class as the Babolat, but that depends on the shape of the machines too.
Agreed. The aforementioned site had 4, two Mighty Sensors, one Star 3 which the text says was purchased about 10 years ago and used as a backup and is in great shape, and a Star 2.

The two Sensors are good buys, one of them ($2600) has a brand new tensioner with 3 rackets on it and the other $2200 has 15,000 rackets on it. Mine had 3600 rackets when I bought it and I couldn't be happier with it.
 
#37
Agreed. The aforementioned site had 4, two Mighty Sensors, one Star 3 which the text says was purchased about 10 years ago and used as a backup and is in great shape, and a Star 2.

The two Sensors are good buys, one of them ($2600) has a brand new tensioner with 3 rackets on it and the other $2200 has 15,000 rackets on it. Mine had 3600 rackets when I bought it and I couldn't be happier with it.
 
#38
Rabbit any tips on shopping for a used Babolat machine ? How do they ship it without it getting damaged in shipping ?
 
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#39
I bought mine based on what it said in the text description. There was a 30 day return. But....the freight on that bad boy is steep-ish because it weighs about 200 pounds. The two Mighty Sensors I described both look like good deals. I think the Star 3 is legendary on these boards as being a quality machine. You can reach out to the seller and ask questions. I know when I got mine from Colorado, I had some questions about setup and they helped. There are folks on here who have 30K + rackets strung on these machine and they're still going strong. So, the Babolats are fairly long-lived.

@Irvin got his Star 5 from a big box store for a ridiculous amount ($175) and had the tensioner refurbished. The guys at P1 use Star 4's and probably have a gazillion frames on them. The Mighty Sensor is newer than the Star 4 and about the same age as the Star 5, so while not sparkly new, if you find one like those it'll probably hold up as long as you'll need it to. Plus, I think you can get some repairs done by Babolat.

@abllee2198 is a resident Babolat machine expert and he can provide better guidance than most anyone else on here.
 
#40
Ra
I bought mine based on what it said in the text description. There was a 30 day return. But....the freight on that bad boy is steep-ish because it weighs about 200 pounds. The two Mighty Sensors I described both look like good deals. I think the Star 3 is legendary on these boards as being a quality machine. You can reach out to the seller and ask questions. I know when I got mine from Colorado, I had some questions about setup and they helped. There are folks on here who have 30K + rackets strung on these machine and they're still going strong. So, the Babolats are fairly long-lived.

@Irvin got his Star 5 from a big box store for a ridiculous amount ($175) and had the tensioner refurbished. The guys at P1 use Star 4's and probably have a gazillion frames on them. The Mighty Sensor is newer than the Star 4 and about the same age as the Star 5, so while not sparkly new, if you find one like those it'll probably hold up as long as you'll need it to. Plus, I think you can get some repairs done by Babolat.

@abllee2198 is a resident Babolat machine expert and he can provide better guidance than most anyone else on here.
Thx for the info and abllee contact info. I always wanted a Bab machine but as a home stringer who just loves to zone out stinging my own sticks it was a pretty steep membership to the club of bab owners. Thanks again. Howard
 
#41
Ra

Thx for the info and abllee contact info. I always wanted a Bab machine but as a home stringer who just loves to zone out stinging my own sticks it was a pretty steep membership to the club of bab owners. Thanks again. Howard
No problem and don’t let me give you the impression that I’m a pro stringer. I’m a home stringer as well and basically upgraded. This is my 5th machine. I have strung for a WTA event for a number of years and quite a few junior events but basically I too zone out stringing. I do 10 to 20 frames a week usually, all in my off time. I enjoy it.
 
#43
Is there a thread somewhere with the story on how that came to happen?? That sounds awesome and i would love to read about it.




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Not much to it I was in the store one day and noticed a Star 5 and a Sensor sitting behin the net on their indoor court. I asked if they worked and was told the Star 5 worked but had a problem and needed to be fixed. I then asked if they wanted to sell it and he said I could talk to the manager. The manager said they would sell it for $200. I did some checking around and even if I had to replaced the tension module I found out it was a good deal. So I went back to buy it and another manager asked me what the other manager said they would sell it for. I told him $200 and he said how about $175 (plus 6% tax.) I went home with it and immediately ordered a tension module. Asfter ordering the module I found out all that was wrong with the module is the chain came off the sprocket but I replaced it anyway. The new module plus shipping with trade in was $435 I think so the total was really about $620.
 
#44
Not much to it I was in the store one day and noticed a Star 5 and a Sensor sitting behin the net on their indoor court. I asked if they worked and was told the Star 5 worked but had a problem and needed to be fixed. I then asked if they wanted to sell it and he said I could talk to the manager. The manager said they would sell it for $200. I did some checking around and even if I had to replaced the tension module I found out it was a good deal. So I went back to buy it and another manager asked me what the other manager said they would sell it for. I told him $200 and he said how about $175 (plus 6% tax.) I went home with it and immediately ordered a tension module. Asfter ordering the module I found out all that was wrong with the module is the chain came off the sprocket but I replaced it anyway. The new module plus shipping with trade in was $435 I think so the total was really about $620.
Man. Thats awesome. What store was it? Rabbit said it was a big box store. So i was imagining it was like an “a c a d e m y” or “*****...”. But u say they had an indoor court...i don’t know of any big box stores that have indoor crts.

And i never imagined that big box stores could even make deals like that.


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