Gamma 6004

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  1. jatennis

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    Gamma 6004 Report

    Gamma 6004
    After 2 month of research and comparison and many questions and answers I posted on this forum (thanks for all of you who responded to my questions), I went to a local shop and inspected the unit, then I decided to purchase and I received the Gamma 6004 within 3 days.
    Anyway, here is my assessment after stringing a few racquets:

    -Packaging:
    The box did have some abuse from UPS. However the unit was nicely and securely packed in several compartments for protection. (I would give them an A+)

    -Assembly Instructions:
    The assembly was straightforward the whole process took about 45 minutes. The height adjustment was a little tricky.

    -Frame Support and Mounting:
    Mounting is very simple and straightforward. It has a 6 point mounting system; the small knobs are for the slide support at 6 and 12 O’clock. The large knobs are for the shoulder support (you can position it so all holes are not restrictive as far as access to some of the string holes around the shoulder).
    I could say concerning the shoulder supports there is never an issue with blocking easy access to a grommet hole because of the design of the pieces that contact the frame, they are adjustable.
    I like the 360o rotation it does not touch the head or the clamps, it is very smooth.

    -Clamp Base Operation:
    I believe this the best part I liked about this machine, before I used flying clamps from E-stringer, and gliding clamps by Neos 1000. Gamma 6004 has a reversible handle and metal string roller guide that has been around for some time, clamps are very smooth and easy to roll, it is truly Super quick action, it locks in a unique very securely manner with minimal pressure for both the string and the turntable. Simply they are excellent.

    -Tension Head
    The roller guide and tension head operates very smoothly together. Concerning the string gripper there were no marks or damage to the string. I love the tensioner operation.

    I can say that my Gamma 6004 is a great machine. Everything is very convenient and simple; I truly believe I made with the help of this forum a sound decision, thank you all for your input.
     
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  2. theace21

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    Jatennis,

    Great review - best of luck with your new stringer!!!
     
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  3. jatennis

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    theace21
    Thank you,
     
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  4. wonder_wall

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    Those clamp bases sound super-slick. I'd feel like that was a must have if I had a Gamma with capability of getting those, even if it's a multi-hundred dollar upgrade.

    Is Gamma the only company that makes clamp bases with such a tiny amount of muscle involved? Are the Eagnas 1/8 turn ones even close to this kind of thing?
     
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  5. diredesire

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    your laserfibre bases are some of the best in the biz, my friend. Gamma spring assisted clamps are pretty good, solid as heck. I don't know if they've updated them since the progression ST II, but when i had the pleasure of using one, i was very impressed.
     
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  6. wonder_wall

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    Well, I'm not saying I don't like mine, I do, *alot*, but I believe these "cam lock" things go way beyond "spring assisted." They involve like no pressure almost at all. Someone said they're like "flipping a light switch."

    The spring-assisted ones I've seen aren't exactly like that, some muscle is still involved.

    While we're on it though, I think the LF has some kind of spring-assisted implementation..? Do you know exactly how they work? I do love my bases, only minor complaint about them is that they don't move entirely smoothly (teflon spray may help), and I need an extra hand at the base when repositioning. I've heard this is an issue with Neos 1000 as well. Perhaps all glide rail type systems.
     
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  7. diredesire

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    I don't know exactly how they work, i haven't taken it/them apart yet. Typically i take things apart and see how they work, if i'm confident i can re-assemble them. I've never tried the "light switch" clamps, and to be honest, i think i prefer having a little force involved, it makes things feel more secure. I agree that they don't move entirely "smoothly," that is, if they're being moved by yankin' on the clamp head. If you move them from the base, they move OK, i think. I'm used to my clamps just sliding around, and the laserfibre ones definitly don't "glide," but i haven't had any issues with it.

    The neos' design isn't exactly the same, you had to move them parallel to the glide rail (duh) to get them to move easily. I don't really like the single actions (at least on the neos), anyways.
     
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  8. jatennis

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    wonder_wall
    You are absolutely Wright the Gamma 6004 clamps are as easy as flipping a light switch. You do not need to exert any muscles to operate them.
     
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