As some of you may already know based on my previous threads, I was thinking of buying a ball machine to improve my practice sessions. I'm not going to lie, I've spent many hours researching for information/user reviews on the models made by Lobster, Silent Partner and Tennis Tutor and could never be fully convinced about either of them. Seeing as how it was very difficult to get Lobster machines in Canada, and thinking about potential servicing, I ruled that out. Even thought I heard great things about Tennis Tutor and my local shop was an authorized reseller, I just didn't like the model. The handle looked short and that big black box isn't necessarly great looking either, and the machine was a bit too expensive for the features offered in my opinion. I nailed it down to Silent Partner Star or Quest. I ended up picking the Star due to it's smaller size, and because after re-evaluating my needs for a ball machine, I realized that while the Quest sounded good on paper, the extra cost didn't really give me a higher quality ball machine (components are all the same). I could of used the 2 line features to alternate backhand and forehand but it wasn't worth the extra 500$. The other feature, the random ball oscillator could of been nice, but after reading reviews on how it required re-adjustment and maintenance, I figured it wasn't worth it. Afterall, I want to use my time for practice, not adjusting the machine Because of credit card fraud in the province of Quebec, I had to wait 30 days before getting the machine shipped which meant paying the total amount before it being expedited. I finally received the machine today and took it for a spin tonight. Here are my observations : 1) Packaging was good. Out of the box, I think the machine looks pretty good. The wheels are OK but having bigger wheels wouldn't of hurt either. The luggage style handle is OK as well. Machine does feel a bit heavy when grabbing it to put it in the SUV. Just an FYI, I have a Mazda 3 Sedan and it doesn't fit in my trunk. I might get it to fit on the backseat, but having a hatchback or a SUV surely makes for easier transportation. 2) Getting it setup on court was a bit complicated. As I was short on time, I just wanted to see if the machine worked or not. I was able to hit a few volleys and short balls. Trying to adjust for a deeper ball gave me quite some trouble as the machine kept sending balls way too high, going over the fence, or the other extreme, balls going too low. I tried cranking up the top spin to 4-5 and boy, this is way too extreme, ball accelerates so much upon touching the ground you can barely react. When I have more time this week-end, I will spend more time at adjusting the machine. My goal is to have a ball that's slow enough for me to work on my form but also fall deep enough to simulate actual rally shots. 3) I had just brought about 20 balls, thinking it'd be enough. Never did I realize that 20 balls with a ball machine go by very quickly. I'm going to buy more balls this week-end so that I have at least 100. I'll post an update after i'm done with my 2nd practice. Thought I'd share this with all of you as I know I'm far from being the only one looking at ball machines and having real feedback on particular model is always good when your doing research.