Gamma clamps dont hold tension.help

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by WilsonFX, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. WilsonFX

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    When I string with my Gamma x-2 and use the clamps that came with it,the string loses significant tension because the clamps arent very good.What clamp(s) can I get to hold tension well?
     
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  2. BurghKing

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    I am assuming that you have the clamps tight enough that the string does not slip and you are not crimping the string? If the string is slipping through, then you just need to tighten them. Also know that floating clamps are not the best at ensuring an accurate tension hold due to the fact that the are not supported on the turntable.

    Hopefully GammaTech will see your post and can offer some other advice.
     
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  3. Mansewerz

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    How often have you used the clamps? Are they clean?
     
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    ^^^That's a good point. I totally forgot to ask if your clamps are clean. I just assumed that. But I was once told to never assume...obivously I did not listen well.
     
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  5. Mansewerz

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    Assuming makes an "ass" out of "u" and "me"! :D
     
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  6. BurghKing

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    No doubt! But sometimes we have to assume when the original poster does not repsond to us :)
     
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  7. WilsonFX

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    clamps are clean.and if i tighten them any more,its part to unclamp them and ill end up hurting myself trying to unclamp.
     
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  8. BurghKing

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    Well, you could always try to buy a used set of the Klippermate clamps which some people here think are better. But I would suggest contacting Gamma/ATS directly and getting a new pair. The X-2 clamps have always worked nice for me.
     
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  9. WilsonFX

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    theyre brand new...ill tighten them
     
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  10. Bud

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    What exactly is happening? Are you observing drawback from the clamp(s) or is the string actually slipping through the clamps?

    If it's drawback from the floating clamps, that is completely normal.
     
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    I have a X-2. After put good amount tension on the string, I release the clamp then put the bar level, wait 5 second and clamp. My job is tighter than my local pro shop at same tension.
     
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  12. Koz

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    Yup, just try tightening them a bit more, and work on your clamp release technique! :D For floating clamps I generally place my palm face-up underneath the clamp, and flick it open with my thumb to release the clamp.
     
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  13. Bud

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    Yup... SBS of racquets strung with DW or other CP machines is always higher than with a lockout type stringing machine.
     
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  14. tennisnyc007

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    Additional Friction

    Depending on the string that you are using, just tighten the heck of out the clamps until the string does not slip...

    OR

    A trick that I learned while stringing delicate strings was that you can cut a piece of a business card or 3x5 note card basically enough to fold under the string and sit in the clamps. When stringing the mains (tougher for the crosses, but can be done). I've used this mostly on fixed clamps but can be used on flying clamps as I have an x-2 in my apt. and do this now. This is kind of a PIA, especially with flying clamps since to be most effective you should use the cards on both strings for each clamp and it takes a little dexterity, but can be done. Again, the crosses can be a little tricky, but should still work by cutting slits using your clamps as a template.

    I have had an X-2 for 7yrs now, and the clamps are just starting to wear out as the cross hatching in the plastic is pretty much gone. The dilemma is that I paid probably $125, and getting new gamma clamps will cost $60 (not worth it in my opinion). Anyway, try the note card thing as it gives you some additional friction without crushing the strings....good luck.
     
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  15. max

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    Klippermate clamps are 100% forged steel. I use them and a Gamma clamp, and the Gamma is the clear inferior---mine, at least, don't match up face to face very well, and they are more slippy because of this, even when newly cleaned.
     
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    That's probably what they're banking on... :twisted: although I haven't used an SP floater for years now... so I can't say how close these look.
     
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