I figured I would start my own thread to bump. I've been intrigued by stringing for 15 years. It has just never made sense of feasible for me to get a machine and do it myself. Now that I am in a small community with a developing club I have recently purchased a VE-50. It looks like it will be around 2-3 months before I receive it, plus set up time and whatever else to get ready. I've been searching through this forum and will continue to so I don't ask too many repetitive questions. I did have a few to start though. 1. Will I still need a fly clamp or two when the machine has fixed clamps? 2. Are grommets brand specific? Where would be a wise place to look for grommet packs? Is there anything I need to know about them specifically? 3. How many more rackets can I string on a reel compared to buying the packs? Also, I've been looking around and haven't found an answer. If you have a reel, how do you know the lengths you need to cut? 4. When it comes to patterns, does every line(ie: voltric, Astrox, nanoray, thruster) have their own patterns or it is racket specific and not the line? My biggest concern is starting my first racket and not having what I need. I'll keep reading the forum, but any insight or links to things I have missed would be greatly appreciated. I will definitely be posting photo updates and after I do a dozen or so, I will video myself for criticism.