Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine Photo Reference Library Project

 

The Stringing Machine Photo Library

A Website Designed to Help Stringers, Tennis Players, and Other Racquet Sports Enthusiasts
(Tennis, Badminton, Racquetball, Squash) with Stringing Machine Research

This site is a work in progress, begun in November 2006, and is the result of contributions from many individuals ranging from professional to amateur stringers, tennis players and other racquet sports enthusiasts, and manufacturer/vendor representatives.

We Need Your Help! 

Please consider contributing photos of your stringing machines and related equipment to help build this image reference library.

Contact Al Ruscelli for Information/Details. 

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If you would like to contribute some of your own stringing machine photos to be posted here, or if you have feedback, questions, or comments about the content of this website, please e-mail Al Ruscelli
 

    

What is the Purpose of This Website?  The pages on this site represent a digital photography effort to produce a visual research aid (an image base or photo library) for tennis players, stringers, or small business owners interested in:

  • Purchasing their first tennis racquet stringing machine

  • Upgrading their existing stringing machine

  • Switching to a different style or model of stringing machine

  • Visually comparing makes and models of stringing machines

  • Viewing stringing machine images for general reference purposes

Who Contributes Photos to This Website?  Contributors include professional and individual stringers, tennis players and enthusiasts, and manufacturers/vendors.  Anyone who would like to participate is welcome to contribute their own stringing machine photos to the project (with full photo credit given when requested and as appropriate).

Who Is Coordinating the Effort?  Al Ruscelli of Al Ruscelli Photography (www.ruscelli.com) provides the website space for the project is coordinating the effort of placing all image contributions into their appropriate categories within the site.  He may be contacted via the following e-mail address:   al@ruscelli.com). Al Ruscelli is a professional photographer, writer and editor, tennis player/enthusiast, and aspiring amateur stringer (as well as designer/builder of this website). 

Why Put Together a Website Like This?  Many of us who have gone through the exercise of doing Internet research on stringing machines have found that there are few sites with detailed reference photos of these machines beyond the usual stock photos seen on various vendor sites.  Often, the same manufacturer-provided stock photos are used from site to site and vendor to vendor.  These stock images typically do not provide the researcher a very detailed look stringing machine details.  Generic, stock photos are great for representing the overall look of the machines, but what about details and images of specific components or mechanisms?  It can be quite difficult to find images of this type, and often just as difficult to find basic images of lesser known or obsolete stringing machines. 

Why Not Just Do General Internet Searches for Photos You Want to Find?  It's not that detailed photos and images of stringing machines can't be found on the Internet or elsewhere (via hardcopy literature, etc.).  But, the effort for most individuals to find detailed photos/images is usually tedious at best.  Most of the available Internet-based photos/images are scattered around various websites, and very few of those sites are dedicated to anything like a consolidated image base (or photo library).  We hope that the photos on this site make the research process easier for anyone who is looking for good photos of stringing machines and related equipment, tools, or accessories. 

What About Technical Information and Instructional/User Manuals?  At present, we are not attempting to provide detailed technical information on this site since that type of information is available elsewhere (from manufacturers, vendors, and other professional sites dedicated to stringing  techniques and equipment).  The consolidation of such information is beyond the scope of what is practical for us to attempt on this site.  Here, we are focused on photos and other images to help fill in that missing visual gap that many people encounter when researching stringing machines.  However, we will provide links, as appropriate, to manufacturer sites, vendor sites, and instructional/informational sites on our Links page and at other strategic locations within this website.  We also expand other information as we can.  Please view our internal site links for what can be found on this site. 

Can Anyone Contribute to This Site?  Yes!  Initial contributions to the site have come from members of the Tennis Warehouse Forums , the Stringforum.net Board, the GrandSlamStringers.com Message Forum and various other sources around the world  But, if you are a member of another forum/discussion group where stringing machines are discussed, or if you are a stringer/player or manufacturer/vendor representative who would like to share digital images of your own machines with the larger tennis community, please contact Al Ruscelli.  Plans for this site include images of stringing machines and related tools/accessories from all major manufacturers on an international level. 

What Kinds of Photos or Images Do You Need?  We need digital photos, but our digital photo needs are fairly simple.   We do not require professional photos, but the nicer the photos, and the larger the selection you can send, the better.  Ideal photo sets for any given machine include full-length machine shots and close-ups of  components, including turntables, tensioners, clamps, stands, accessories, or other relevant images.  But, we'll take whatever you can send so that we can fill out the image collection as best we can.  Submittals may include currently produced stringing machines or out-of-production models.  Even if you can contribute only one unique photo, please do so.  Larger digital files are better than smaller files because that gives us a much greater ability to crop images, zoom in for detail, or otherwise size them for placement on the site. 

What Information Do You Need from Contributors?  Please provide whatever additional details you can about the images you submit.  Basic information includes make and model of machines (please be as specific as possible), descriptions of what is being sent, your preferred "credit to" name, and any general commentary you would like to provide.   Photos alone are great, but any extra details you can easily provide are very helpful for us to ensure that the machines or accessories are categorized correctly. 

We need lots of digital photos for this project, and any images you care to contribute may be e-mailed directly to Al Ruscelli or sent on disk, if desired (contact Al Ruscelli via e-mail for a mailing address).  If you have your personal stringing machine photos available on another website and can send a link to those images, we will gladly (with your permission) copy those photos for inclusion here, with full credit as applicable and as desired.  Send us one or two or a couple of dozen or a hundred photos.  Whatever you can contribute and whatever you want to contribute. 

Please note that Al Ruscelli is not a seller or distributor of  any tennis racquet stringing machines or accessories from any manufacturer.  This site is based on his personal interest as a tennis enthusiast and all attempts are made to portray any equipment photo submittals in a fair and objective manner. 

As a side note, most of the small images on this home page can be seen in much greater detail by visiting Al Ruscelli's initial sample page here:  Gamma 6004 Stringing Machine. (A Gamma 6004 recently assembled and photographed by Al Ruscelli in his home.)

         

    

    

    

If you would like to contribute some of your own stringing machine photos to be posted here, or if you have feedback, questions, or comments about the content of these pages, please e-mail Al Ruscelli

Al Ruscelli
Al Ruscelli Photography
(www.ruscelli.com
League City, Texas, USA
Phone: (281) 538-0579

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Manufacturers:  AG, Alpha, Arfaian, ATS, Babolat, Black Knight, Cordatec, Czech Tension, Eagnas, Epsilion, Ektelon, Gamma, Gosen, Kimony, Klip, Klipper USA, Klippermate, Kuehnel, Laserfibre, Master Sports, Maxpeed, Mutual Power, Novomat, Pacific Sport, Pocket Pro, Point Swiss, Prince, Pro’s Pro, Rucanor, SAM, Serrano, Signum Pro, Silent Partner, String System, Stringway, Target, Technifibre, Tennispro, Toalson, Top Serve, Topspin, Tremont, True-Tension, TST, TWA, Tyger, Wilson, Winn Pro, Wise, Xtreme Sports Machines, Yonex

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