Hey guys! New to the Badminton Central Forums, damn, I didn't know this existed!!! Anyways, I am looking to string for myself and few friends. My local stringer: http://www.stringmeup.net/diagnostics.html. It's 20$ for service, not including the strings... My friends and I are 100% going to be in our school badminton team for the next 4 years, and assuming we string 2 times a year, we will have to go through about $480 for services (4 years, 3 people)... which is why I am deciding whether to string myself or not. I have a few questions/opinions I would appreciate being answered: 1. I read about the 3 types of stringing machines - probably get the drop weight machine - cheap and reliable. However, what would be the difference between let's say a beginner drop weight machine vs. a pro machine? And how long would it take for a drop weight machine to string a whole racket? 2. Should I invest in a machine? How long would it take to learn?