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Next Generation machines

Posted by coreypopp on 12/01/09


I know Next Gen makes a great machine. I've always heard good things from everyone i know that has one. I on the other hand find that mine is very finicky. Its a steel Orion. Seems like it will run good some times and run completely different at other times. Just wondering if anyone else has found this to be true.



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RE:Next Generation machines

Posted by jess on 12/01/09


i have a steel orion and it has always been my favorite machine, i did tune it to fit my hand movements and style though, if its bothering you call them and tell them the problem you are having and they will be happy to help you.


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Posted by Frank Nardi on 12/02/09


I own 5 next gen aluminum orion's all have 1/2 coils, they are grate machines. The best thing about them is you can tune them to do anything. Cut back liner, Cut back shader, Color shader you name it. The best thing to do is learn how to tune them to suit your still of tattooing. Play around with deferent settings and spring tensions. That way you will not be relying on someone else to do it for you,that can get costly trust me I made that mistake. I hope this has helped.


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Posted by coreypopp on 12/02/09


yes, thanks for the input. I have played around with tuning them, along with one of the other artist in the shop. He helped me tune it as well. And i can get the machine running nice, but then it starts to sound funny and have a follow through issue. Its really weird how sometimes it runs like a champ and then ill set up for another tattoo, (same needle configuration) and it will run completely different. I run a CX-2 power supply which i know is good, and none of my other machines do this so i know its not in the clipcord. Im just very perplexed because I know how good the machines are. I just cant get it to be consistent. Thanks for any input, I know the best thing to do is contact Next Gen, I just wanted others opinions first. Thanks a lot.


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RE:Next Generation machines

Posted by Ryan on 12/02/09


I actually just got my Aluminum Orion back in the mail after sending it in to be retuned. I just contacted Dan from Next Gen about it and then sent it out with $20 and a note saying how I wanted it to run. Got it back and it works perfectly. I know Next Gen doesn't suggest touching the setup unless you are really familiar with the machine. When I first got mine I was having consistency problems but i think its because the armature bars are set a little lower to accomodate larger grommets or something and I use paper towels so I was getting a little tube friction. A little extra bend in the needle bar fixed it for me. Worth a try, but I'd def. recommend sending it back to Next Gen to get set up the way you want. They were very helpful.


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RE:Next Generation machines

Posted by Frank Nardi on 12/02/09


One thing you can do is change your contact screw from brass to silicone bronze there better. You can get them from eikon size # 8. they have less carbon billed up over time but they still need cleaning. It worked for me. As for the follow threw issue, all i can say is don't get to caught up in the numbers. I'v seen machines run good with a follow threw of 9. But like you said at this point call dane or jason at next gen.


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