Evaluations of the Prince Neos 2000:
Ed G, July 1, 2005:
Place of purchase: private
Date of purchase: 2001
electronic tension head, 2 point mounting, 2 360 degree swivel clamps, upright stand.
I purchased the Neos 2000 barely used. The machine is
pretty heavy and had to be disassembled to move it. I previously used an Ektelon H. I have no desire to
string on the Ektelon after making the switch, but I keep the old machine around as a backup. I have to
admit that I string more slowly on the 2000, probably because it is so large. After purchasing modified
string clamp levers (rollers replace cams) I find the string clamps to be excellent although I think they
would be even better with a diamond dust coating. The tension head runs smooth and has the capability of
pulling in either constant pull or lockout mode. It is self calibrating and is capable of prestretching
too but I have never used the feature. Since day one I have had intermittent bearing noise problems which
was common to the model, but I find by keeping the pull speed moderate and not leaving any slack in the
string when I begin tensioning that I am able to avoid it. I suppose that this contributes to the overall
slowness I mentioned before.
The 2000 was discontinued after a mere 200 or so units were produced. Pricing apparently was the problem.
I suspect that all existing machines have a problem with their tensioning jaws as it is hard to imagine
that my machine is alone in this regard. I experienced a considerable number of stringings with premature
string breakage. I even had string breakage problems while stringing, which for me with 20 years experience
was a complete surprise. I finally disassembled the tensioning jaws and had them ground down by a machinist
to remove the knurling on the gripping face. This cured the problem. Here is my understanding of the problem.
When the knurling is machined into the jaw faces, the metal is relatively soft and the surface is
completely flat. The piece is then case hardened (superheated and rapidly cooled) and this causes the
piece to become somewhat concave. As a result, the outer edges which have sharp knurled surfaces make the
strongest contact, and actually pinch and cut the string during tensioning. You can verify this by
disassembling the jaws and checking the gripping surface with a straight edge. Be careful not to lose
any ball bearings or springs when the jaws come apart. Judging by the reviews I have read here, I would
not be surprised to hear that the Babolat Sensor has a similar problem.
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