Gamma Fixed Clamps?

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  1. zidane339

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    Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone had experience with Gamma Progression fixed clamps. I'm getting the composite metal ones and I was wondering how they compared to the all metal ones. Also, are they easy to use? Any problems?

    Is it worth upgrading to all metal ones?
     
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  2. max

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    I'd definitely go all metal.
     
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  3. dkim

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    I have never used the all-metal one, but I have the composite one. It works very well; very little pressure required to hold a string. I think you can upgrade the clamp at the time of the order; you can call Gamma.
     
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  4. dkim

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    BTW, since you are getting the composite one, I guess you are getting 602FC that I have right now. It is a decent machine for its price. My only gripe with this machine is that clamp tracks on the base are so narrowly placed each other that clamp levers run into each other a few times when I string crosses.
     
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  5. zidane339

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    Yep, I have the FCs with the ST. Sounds good, I'll let you know how they work when I get it tomorrow.
     
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    the only difference between the 2 clamps besides the obvious is the metal (die-cast alum.) has 2 rollers on the handle that make opening/closing it a little smoother. all the dimensions are similar, same diamond costing, etc. the composite black fiberglass (MCFCT) clamps actually have a metal frame inside that is coated with fiberglass and that is why we are able to keep the cost down on them. as long as they are adjusted correct & cleaned regularly you will be happy with either.

    bret
     
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    obviously you would know more about this than me but a person I know has an older machine that has these composite fixed clamps and I have cleaned them for him many times and tried to adjust them, but they just don't hold the string that well. The machine is a crank model and it is a gamma. Like I said it is an older machine. He bought it used on the bay so I don't know what the person that owned it before him could have done to it.
     
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    i depends how old the clamps are, the very original ones didn't have the diamond coating. Also the clamps are a wear item (like brakes & tires on a car) so there is a point when you might just have to purchase new clamps, if cleaning and adjusting no longer work.
    bret
     
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  9. zidane339

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    Hmm the model I'm getting is the ST Progression I line, so it should be fairly old. Do you think clamps will be fine that long?

    Also, I can clean these clamps as I do flying clamps, with rubbing alchohol?
     
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    The clamps are also red, not black as on some models, if that helps. Not sure if its the ones with diamond coating or not.
     
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    red clamps would have a chance of NOT having diamond coating, BUT we do have red ones with diamond coating. if you open them up you can easily tell if it is there.

    i would just test them and see. yes you can clean them with rubbing alcohol.
    bret
     
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    Hey Bret, got a question for you. Also, is it possible to get replacement knobs that adjust the clamps? The used machine I got didnt have the knobs, so I have to use a hex key to adjust it. They are the red composite metal clamps with diamond coating.

    Thanks.
     
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    we do have replacement knobs for the clamps BUT our original red composite clamps only had the hex screw adjuster. the current clamps with the adjustment knobs have dimples for the knob to bit into so it doesn't rotate. i've never tried it but i'm assuming that if you put a knob in it can rotate by itself.

    bret
     
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    Thanks Bret, I think I will just use the hex key although its just a bit more of a hassle.
     
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    purchased the ST a month ago, it is perfect so far no problems anywhere.
     
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