hey all... we'll i'm about to buy ANOTHER stringing machine (ready my "alpha story" at the end of this post if interested). i'm down to the Eagnas Combo 710 or the Flash 767. I would also have considered the Challenger I. But it looks way too much like the Pioneer DC plus that i don't dare. Here's my break down: Flash 767: Pros - Better mounting system, i.e. more secure side mounts - head and throat towers are easier to secure (they have the nice levers from underneath instead of knobs). - long sturdy shaft for mounting turn table - extra badminton clamps (sellable on badminton central... =) ) Cons - rotational gripper (not sure how well it works, and it's plastic) - plastic cover on turn table. - $70 bucks more Combo 710: Pros - Linear gripper - Overall heavier duty - $70 bucks less Cons - poorer mounting system - leery of the turn table "ball bearing", don't know if this is an asset or a flaw (if it's good, this would be a pro). - not sure how well the tension rod is attached to the ratchet... - still scarily similar to the alpha pioneer dc plus... Alpha Story ok, this whole is made more complex by the fact that i just had to return a newly bought Alpha Pioneer DC plus. i was wholly unimpressed, and i was just having problem after problem. all in spite of their great reputation. Here's what happend: 1) Box arrives. I open and right away go "uh oh!"... this looks EXACTLY like what i expected would come from eagnas. it did NOT look like a quality machine. at least with eagnas, i would be expecting this. strike 1. 2) after the first job, the tension rod started to come loss from the ratchet drum. not good. i managed to tighten it, and next job... loose again. strike 2. 3) one clamp basically stopped working after 6 jobs. the other one was flawless, so the non-working one was definitely bad. not a big deal, but for a new machine from a "great company". boo.... strike 3. 4) the next thing to go wrong with the pioneer dc plus was the turn table began to clamp up and squeak. out of the box it was great nice and smooth. 6 job latter... nothing but squeaks and "rough" places in its rotation. strike 4.. didn't know that was possible... and now i'm losing patience and confidence. 5) email mark my story... get a no-hesitation return with the paid shipping both ways. A++ for that. Conclustions: - Alpha is a great company to work with. - Alpha quality is/can be suspect (IMO, overrated on these boards). - Most people make of their judgments about companies based on subjective data that the read about in forums, rather than objective data based on their products. This applies to Eagnas and Alpha, but in converse ways. I will soon own an Eagnas machine, and i will give you a direct objective comparison of both brands. upon further investigation i found out that in 2006 alpha switched manufactures to a place in china instead of taiwan. it was during this switch that their quality plummeted. so if you have a machine that from alpha that is prior to 2006 is a good one... after that i highly doubt they are any better than eagnas... with a few 100 extra on the price tag, which might be a good price for the customer service. but i also think once you buy and eagnas machine, they will take care of you too. you just need to show them a little commitment. at least with eagnas, i know what to expect in terms of quality and service. it's impossible for them to surprise me... but alpha did manage to surprise me ... in a big way.