View Full Version : Gamma Progression ST II vs. Stringway ML 100
I am looking at buying one of these two machines in the next few days but i am having a hard time deciding.
The Stringway has rave reviews and i like the fact that i can just drop the lever and it will constant pull the right tension. But i like the turntable and clamps on the Gamma which looks a bit more professional. Also the Gamma is appealing because i can later attach a Wise Tension Head to it in the future.
I would appreciate any advice.
I currently use a Toalson ST II (which is in fact a Gamma ST II) and I couldn't be more pleased with it. Great machine for the price IMO.
The clamps are quite good, almost no drawback, quite fast to clamp and release. The tension gripper is a linear one and I haven't experienced any string damage whatsoever. It also has a Diablo which is a nice addon.
IMO, go with the Gamma.
The chief advantage the Stringway machine has over the Gamma crank is that it is constant pull. Crank machines can do a good job with nylon, at least I think so, based on personal experience. I do not think crank machines are as good as constant pull machines for polyester, however. (I do not have personal experience with poly because I never play with it because it is a lousy string for my old-style strokes; however other stringers who I think know what they are talking about say constant pull is better than lockout for poly.) If you put a Wise on the Gamma you will have constant pull, and the Wise has 3 pulling speeds, so you can use a slow pulling speed for poly, which I think is best. I think the Gamma with a Wise will be a pretty good machine for poly. The Wise also has 4 pre-stretch settings, which gives it an advantage over the Stringway with nylon. The Stringway does have a special feature that makes it extra good for for poly. This is its single pull feature. With electronic you get a series of little pulls when the reference tension is attained, whereas with the Stringway the pulling is continuous. This is said to be an advantage for poly, since poly is extra sensitive regarding how it is pulled, apparently.
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