***Prince Stringers User Club***

John Dimi

New User
Let's make a Prince Stringers user club to share our experience of our daily use of these machines. By the way, there is no representative of Prince tennis products this very moment in Greece, so there is no local support. Besides , you cannot have any kind of support from the USA headquarters (at least here in Greece), I know because I tried several times. No response whatsoever.

First and foremost, Happy New Year to you and your families.

Irvin stated it wright. I quote from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Sports "(regarding Prince company)
The company was founded in 1970 by Robert H. McClure of Princeton, New Jersey (hence the name Prince) as a manufacturer of tennis ball machines, and went on to manufacture rackets. Howard Head, founder of the Head Ski Company, took tennis lessons following his retirement (his company was acquired by AMF in 1969). He used one of the tennis ball machines made by Prince, but was frustrated by his slow improvement in the game. Head joined the company in the early 1970s and developed the company's signature oversized tennis racket. Although the Prince Classic aluminum racket was the first oversized racquet to be patented, the Bentley Fortissimo preceded the patent by two years, causing Germany to invalidate it.
During those years, the company was owned by a variety of different firms, including the Benetton Group of Italy, Lincoln Share Management, Inc (which acquired Prince from Benetton in 2003), and Nautic Partners LLC. (2007).
In July 2012, Authentic Brands Group acquired the Prince brand name from Nautic Partners, in a proceedure that filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Prince Sports' portfolio of brands included Prince (tennis, squash and badminton), Ektelon (racquetball) and Viking (platform/paddle tennis). Its tennis unit recorded $59 million in sales in 2011. Authentic Brands owned the intellectual-property rights for the estates of Marilyn Monroe and Bob Marley among other celebrities.
By September 2012, the Waitt Company, an Omaha, Nebraska,-based investment company, agreed to a 40-year license to operate the Prince brand across North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India. Prince Global Sports is now operating as a subsidiary of Athletic Brands Holding Company which is majority owned by the Waitt Company. The company's portfolio of brands also includes Ektelon, Viking and Battle.
After recovering from bankruptcy, in March 2014 Prince announced that they were moving their headquarters from Bordentown, New Jersey to Atlanta. Prince's CEO Mike Ballardie stated that Atlanta had a thriving tennis community with more people playing tennis than any other US city, which made it a great base for the company. Atlanta also boasted the largest city tennis league in the world with more than 80,000 members of the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association."
I tried to get in touch with them in order to provide me with some boomerang tools (for Tour 98 ESP), but thanks to my good old stringing machine Prince P-200 (now fitted with Wise 2086 v.14 head - pls look my older post "Stringing machine modification") I can do without it.

I remember back in '70s I was one of the few lucky ones to own a Prince Classic 110 (green yoke) first oversized racquets (we used to call them "griddles" due to their size - compared to the classic wooden racquets). Then a black Pro 110. Improved my game considerably.

Anyway, we' re talking about Prince stringing machines. Right now I own two P-200 (one with the Wise 2086 head and the other unaltered, although if I can get rid of a newly aquired Penta Premium 3600 with Wise 2086 head, I may be tempted to modify P-200 no 2 as well!
 
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1HBHfanatic

Legend
count me in, tnx
im using 4 models at this time, 3x at work, 1x at home
prince 1500 work - 4pt mounting
prince 6000 work - 6pt mounting
prince 7000 work - 6pt mounting
prince 5000 home - 4pt mounting
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
your not wrong, but its ever changing news with prince
I gave up after the 2nd round of bankruptcy they issued, I think heard of prince going under more than twice now
the machines are still going strong!, so are some of their shoe lines
who knows what the racquet line will end up like, ive jumped ship on prince racquets because of that uncertainty..
 

Arzivu

Rookie
Their racket line blossoms. The new phantom series consists of 8 models, with a great variety of specs. Also, the tour and beast lines have their supporters. For sure, these products are not represented and advertised enough on the atp tour (pouille and isner, the only exceptions that come to my mind) but their high quality, emphasizing on feel and comfort has to be recognized!
 

John Dimi

New User
count me in, tnx
im using 4 models at this time, 3x at work, 1x at home
prince 1500 work - 4pt mounting
prince 6000 work - 6pt mounting
prince 7000 work - 6pt mounting
prince 5000 home - 4pt mounting
Hello and Happy New Year!
Pls tell me, out of curiosity, how you compare 3pt(or 4) mounting vs 6pt mounting?
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
4pt mounting machines don't have to deal with blocked holes of the 6pt mounting machines, which tend to cause some
as long as you follow proper stringing technique (no more than 3 strings at a time, while stringing), then the outside pressure on the racquets get mitigated
I learned this from a lowly klippermate 2pt mounting machine
 
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dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Do Ektelon machines count?

I have owned in the past:
Ektelon Model D (twice)
Ektelon Model DE
Ektelon Model F
Prince P-200
Prince Neos 1000

I currently own:
-parts to a Prince MP-100
Ektelon Neos 1000 (1st generation)

My ideal setup would be a Prince Neos 1500 with a Wise 2086.
 

John Dimi

New User
Do Ektelon machines count?

I have owned in the past:
Ektelon Model D (twice)
Ektelon Model DE
Ektelon Model F
Prince P-200
Prince Neos 1000

I currently own:
-parts to a Prince MP-100
Ektelon Neos 1000 (1st generation)

My ideal setup would be a Prince Neos 1500 with a Wise 2086.
Assuming that in 1988 Prince took over Ektelon machines, I quess we can count Ektelon stringing machines in Prince' s portfolio. By the way, quoting from Wikipedia "Franklin Held - founder of Ektelon company - named the company Ektelon based on a combination of two Greek words: "ektein", meaning to stretch out, and "telon", representing the concept of perfection".
My correction: the first word "ektein" is pronounced "ekteen" and the second is "telion" which means perfect.

Actually, I used an Ektelon H, after my initial TR. Then I purchased a Prince MP-100, which, as far as I can recall, had the major advantage of a moving stringing head, like the crank machines, but its compressor was really problematic. Then I acquired a couple of P-200, which I still have.
 
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ARNICOLINI

Rookie
Add me to the 'Club'.

Prince 5000 - home

Went from Klippermate to this, and have never regretted it!

Low volume stringer, as I only do 75-100 a year typically. Not aggressive about new business, but enjoy what comes my way.
 
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max

Legend
I use the Prince 93P---after many a year of Prince dislike.

BUT I've always been a fan of Prince strings. The original syn gut is a marvel still. For about two decades I used Prince Synthetic Gut Soft (later sold as Ektelon Power Play for racquetballers). Would love some Prince Synthetic Gut Soft even today. Wonderful stuff.

But the whole string lineup is worthy.
 

struggle

Legend
I use the Prince 93P---after many a year of Prince dislike.

BUT I've always been a fan of Prince strings. The original syn gut is a marvel still. For about two decades I used Prince Synthetic Gut Soft (later sold as Ektelon Power Play for racquetballers). Would love some Prince Synthetic Gut Soft even today. Wonderful stuff.

But the whole string lineup is worthy.
I think you mis-understood.

Nonetheless, pretty much all (mostly lockouts) are clones, some as good but i don't think any are "better", Prince takes the cake.
Love my Gamma 6004, but i do prefer the baseclamps on the 1500.
 
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brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
Prince NEOS 1000 user here.

Maybe it’s just me but the “ting” of the lock out spring in the tensioner is more pleasant sounding than other machines I’ve used. Even more pleasant than the beeps of electronic machines. Clamp closure is the smoothest I’ve used. Smoother than the lower profile modern clamps on high end machines. Of
Course the downside is that they are wider and maybe have too much leverage sometimes which can damage strings.
 

aussie

Professional
Well I can't join the club as I have used a Klippermate for 15 years but I string my Prince Tour 100 16x18 and 18x20 regularly with PSGDF and use a 6 racquet Prince Tour racquet bag.
 

John Dimi

New User
I guess in the strict sense of the term, you are right "aussie" mate, but I guess everybody involved somehow with Prince can participate in this group.
By the way - I mention this for all Prince stringer users - take a look to my other post
Stringing machine modification
Thanks.
 

John Dimi

New User
Reply to "aussie":
I used to string my racquets with Prince Synthetic Gut 16 regularly and I must say that it is one of the best strings I have ever used.
 
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