I just ordered the V-tek a couple days ago. I got a call from Superior yesterday, they told me that the V-tek is backordered, but they should have me one in a couple weeks. Prior to ordering, I was a little weary, I asked myself, is this too good to be true? I watched that new video they have on there website and paused it to get a good look at the machine. It looks like a variation on their Softtouch. I'd say that the big advantage of this machine would be its ability to go from a liner to a shader with a spin of the dial. The Price tag of over $500 seems a little steep for the quality of equipment that Superior has to offer, but then again, your getting the machine and power supply. There's no doubt that you can get a smoother running machine and power supply for $500, but, can it be easily used for a liner and shader in one sitting? Maybe what you are unsure about is the "pressure" adjustment., that is your stroke length. The "speed" adjustment is just that, the speed. I don't think that there is anything too farfetched about the V-tec setup. It seems like you'll just have a little more precision and ease in your machine setup. When I get it, I'll give you some hands on feedback.
Well, I received the Vtec on saturday and have done 3 tattoos since. Its like I described, its a modified softtouch. Its a very smooth and easily adjusted machine. The pressure control knob is somewhat of a joke though. I'm not sure what I expected, but there is really nothing that happens by spinning that dial, it just offers a little more fine tuning. What's cool though is that you can turn the speed way down for shading. Its kind of hard to get used to because I've learned to shade at a high speed. The lower speed doesn't sting quite as bad but it just takes too damn long to shade with. I can't quite get it setup right for whipshading, that's my only complaint to far. I just can't seem to get it wound up enough to whip smooth lines. I'm still fidgeting with it though. I don't know what your experience with pushing ink is, but I welcomed its ease of setup and operation. Its really, really smooth throughout the speed range. It was nice to be able to use the machine as my liner, spin the dial, adjust my "contact post"?, and proceed to shade with the same machine. Two separate machines would acomplish the same thing, so, you can probably save money just by buying another conventional tattoo machine. Its up to you.
Posted by mrpage from IP: 220.127.116.11 on 05/17/07 ca.
My daughter and I have been using the v-tek for aboyt 4 years now and it has been both great and bad for us. it dose adjust easly for lining and shading. you can fine tune even the most cheapest of machines. they say you can only use there machine or they will covert yours, but you can covert them yourself, I did. I can tat all day with the same machine and it dosent miss a beat, dosent get hot and i dont have to worry about sparking contact points. after a year the didgital display went out but they sent me a new one no questions asked. it dose seem as if it could have more speed but you learn to adjust your techniqe to compinsate. over all I would say it is worth the money. find somone who has one and you be the judge, as for me i will continue to use it untill it has to be rebuilt and then we will see whats new out there.
i have used the v tek for ahile now i like the machine at first but after about 3 months the power supply when crazy i cant read the front of the unit and i have to gess what to run it on so i stop u sing it i spent about 500 on this equip ment and im dis satifield with it and went back to the old stykle machine last longer for me
i have used the v tek machine for a while now i like the machine at first but after about 3 months the power supply when crazy i cant read the front of the unit and i have to guess what to run it on so i stop using it i spent about 500 on this equipment and i'm disatified with it and went back to the old style machine last longer for me i had one machine set up for a liner and another for a shader , its work good for about 3 month
Posted by That one guy from IP: 18.104.22.168 on 09/08/10 missouri
Ive been slinging ink for around 4 years now, taught myself everything I know. Ive used the same machine for the last 4 years never once rebuilt it or anything ive replaced the contact screw and that's it. I saw this vtek machine and thought I'd check into it, and with what I've heard it'd be a waste of my money. Like I said I've been slinging for 4 years, I've used 1 machine and never adjusted it after the first time, I've never adjusted my power supply either, I run my power supply around 7.5 volts and get some of the smoothest and most detailed outlines many people in my arear have seen, not only that but I also shade with that same machine no adjustments, same needle that I outline with and and have only gotten good feedback on the quality, painlessness, and detail of my work, so I myself will have to say NO to vtek.