I am a complete newbie to home stringing. Based on reviews and comments on this forum about the Alpha Pioneer DC+, I bought the machine and strung my first racquet over the weekend. The machine worked great! It took me several hours, as expected for my first time, since I was having to follow the instructional DVD while I strung. But I was able to complete an entire string job without any major problems! I did a one piece universal around the world pattern. Went out and hit with the racquet too and it hit great. I know this sounds silly, but I almost felt more at one with or more connected to the racquet since I was the one who strung it! The instructional DVD that comes with the machine is fantastic and features YULitle. He does a great job explaining all the steps (e.g., mounting, setting tension, clamping, weaving crosses, tying knots etc.). As someone posted on this forum, the instructional manual the machine comes with is not all that helpful. Not enough detail in it at all. I did find a copy of the Klippermate instructional manual online and used parts of that to learn some of the basics. But the DVD that Alpha includes is really the better instructional device. I did find passing strings through blocked grommet holes to be pretty tricky, but I am sure that now that I know the basics, with more practice, I will get quicker at stringing. And then the next step I want to try is stringing natural gut. Thanks to all who recommended the Alpha Pioneer DC+!