Clamp already has groove in it

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by tetsuo10, Jun 27, 2004.

  1. tetsuo10

    tetsuo10 Rookie

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    One of my clamps for the Gamma X-2 already has a groove in it, so it won't grip the string anymore. I've only strung with it about 10 times and only had it 2-3 months. Is it normal for it to wear out so fast?
     
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  2. Gaines Hillix

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    This is not normal in my experience. You should give Gamma or ATS a call. It should still be under warranty. In the meantime, you can fold a business card or piece of heavy paper and put in the jaws and then clamp the string with that. Sandpaper will also work, but if it slips it could damage the string.
     
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  3. Steve Huff

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    My clamps did too. Mark Gonzales sent me a new pair and I sent the others back. I'm sure he'll get the engineering department or the manufacturer to correct it.
     
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  4. Koz

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    Where are you clamping the string? I've found with my Gamma's that you shouldn't shove the clamp all the way up into the string bed, but only far enough so that the string is clamped by the teeth, and only the teeth (not further into the clamp, where the bridging in between the teeth also touch the string). I've noticed the clamps grip better when you only contact the string with the teeth, and not with the whole thing. Do you get what I'm saying? It's kind of hard to explain when you aren't physically there in person.

    |^| |^| |^| |^| <--clamp here
    |^| |^| |^| |^|
    |....................| <--not here
    |....................|
     
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  5. coach

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    nice graphic, thanks. Also, as a new stringer with a Gamma X-6 I didn't know and I was shoving them down deeper. That takes more time when repeated almost 40 times and as you know potentially more abrasive to the strings.
     
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  6. tetsuo10

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    Thanks Koz. That's good to know. I clamp in the middle of the teeth, but I didn't really know what the correct way was. The reason I clamp them in the middle of the teeth is so I can see if the string is slipping.
     
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