Re: Prince P200 stringer
Robert, when new the Prince P200 was an innovative design and a great stringing machine. While this machine is capable of producing a top quality string job you might be better off considering a different machine for several reasons.
First, this machine been out of production for several years now making replacement parts soewhat difficult to acquire when needed. Bear in mind that all machines with moving parts will wear out eventually. Second, this machine is very large and EXTREMELY heavy. Moving it can be a problem. Third, this stringer uses slider bars. There is nothing wrong with slider bars but they do make it more difficult to string fan shaped string patterns used in some of today's racquets. The P200 also used somewhat of an odd shaped string clamp which rides on these slider bars consequently only those clamps designed specifically for this machine will fit. If a clamp ever did fail you might be able to experiment and find a replacement that would fit but that is a risk. Lastly, the P200 has lots of little pieces used to mount the various racquets that are out there. One would want to make sure that all of these pieces and both sets of slider bars are present and in good working order before buying a P200.
If you are still intersted in pursuing a P200 they have been selling for approximately $400 to $750 on eBay. The bottom line is that I would recommend purchasing something other than a P200. Incidentally there have been several good machines sold and for sale on eBay right now. If you want a further recommendation on a used machine send me an email.