I started with the Challenger before going for the WISE after a period of time. And I can genuine say that the guys above are giving the right advise by trying to steer you away from doing your rackets at 30lbs right off the bat!!!
If you're experienced, then why not, but if you've not got any stringing experience, I along with the others wont recommend you start anywhere near 30.
My problem is I will never get experience stringing at lower tensions unless I get some cheap strings and then cut them.
I personally think stringing is a type of Art. You need to constantly practice and brush up on new techniques and so on to improve. There's no way that you'll instantly be able to do it right perfectly (speed wise, technique wise, timing wise, etc...) the first time round.
Start low and slowly, and work your way up. Yes, you need to "waste" some cheap strings, but that's still a better bet than a $150 higher end racket. Also, when you practice, you do not have to finish the entire job, therefore, you can always re-use the string if you do not tie the knots each time.
When I first started, I actually bought a $10 racket with a few packs of cheap string. Total of no more than $25-30 range, and enough for me to do a good number (10 to 15) demo runs.
All good advice. So I have bought a Pros pro Challenger 1 as I wanted the constant pull the drop weight gives and I am not rich. I am also an armchair stringer so not overly worried about time. Could you guys recommend some video tutorials? I have found the MX80 80 hole video uploaded by Kwun which is great but I would also like to string the convential way as well. Are there any specialist tools you would suggest I got for stringing over 30lbs?
They look the db's. Where would I get them from ckyew? I have checked out google and found a couple of old threads on them but not a specific shop selling them.
Also is it essential to get the badminton fixed clamps for the machine? I know you can't use tennis clamps for the cross strings but have seen people use flying clamps instead. Is it easier to use fixed clamps?
I decided to get a new machine as the 2nd hand one had a few problems. It's the Pro's Pro Warrior 1. Ive got the dual clamps and Michals side supports as well. I have been looking at some of the different stringing patterns on the BC playlist and thought I would start by doing the Haribito 76 hole pattern. It looks straight forward and technical enough to make a few mistakes and to make full use of the fixed clamps and to get used to the machine. A lot of my rackets have been strung using two pieces but I wanted to steer away from this technique as it seems pretty simple and I am building up to string my MX80's using the 80 hole pattern. Will let you know if I can conquer 30lbs by the end of week.
Well sometimes buying used equipment has its pitfalls. At least this way I get a 3 year warranty. I probably spent £300-350 which includes new fixed clamps, side supports, tension calibrator, starting clamp, bent nose pliers, snips, string mover and 100m of string. Just waiting for it to arrive now.