Rare VS Babolat Tool Set and Starting Clamp (photos included)

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by drakulie, May 8, 2009.

  1. diredesire

    diredesire Super Moderator

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    Some others disagree, but I think the Gamma clamp is really not very good, especially when the price difference is as low as $5. You'll be happy with a better Starter. I have a feeling you'll be singing praises and calling the starter a 'must have' in any stringer's kit in no time ;) The only unfortunate (?) thing is you'll never have any experience with terrible starters, so you probably won't really know the true value of this thing ;) It's worth the dough.
     
  2. zapvor

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    haha all i had before was the gamma. it was only about $35. i have used it about 5yrs? its okay. looking forward to the new toy though:)
     
  3. Irvin

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    DD I am going to jump in and be the one to disagree with you. I will admit the Gamma starting clamp will not hold as much tension as my Bablot clamp will hold. I did some testing once and I think the difference was quite large but don't recall. But the Gmma is easier to open, crushes the string less, and has never failed me in any application.

    Of course i've owned my Babolat about 30 years and the Gamma about 5 so time will tell. No matter which clamp stringer may get they well be better off. Two is actually better than one and you can get by with none - how funny is that?
     
  4. bruintennis

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    Eagnas Pro's pro starting clamp (left) and Babolat Starting Clamp (right):

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  5. kadishack

    kadishack New User

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    Babolat Toolkit 2013

    Here is the Toolkit I just got recently. Some of these tools in the new kit are a bit smaller than the version Drak has, Jason @ Babolat said it was to make them more maneuverable. I love the CAM action clamp!!!

    P.S: The ChapStick was not included in the kit....

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  6. kadishack

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    Comparison of Starting Clamps

    Here are some comparison pictures of the Black Babolat Clamp, Blue Babolat Clamp, and Gamma Clamp.

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  7. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    ^^Great pics. Thanks for sharing and providing the comparison shots. I also have the cam action in your set. Smaller, and as you stated, more maneuverable. The cam action is my favorite tool.

    Enjoy the set. It is simply the best. I'm sure you'll get many, MANY years of use out of it.
     
  8. zapvor

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    that is very cool. did you order from babolat?
     
  9. coachrick

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    Very nice and quite updated from my 1984 set ;). However, the 'amber' handles on my awls are prettier!

    BTW, my Chapstick was 'mint'(May be Blistex, now that I think about it ;) ).
     
  10. kadishack

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    No problemo, thanks for making a video showing how to use the cam action ;) I'm sure these tools will last me for a lifetime. So do you prefer the newer (smaller) cam action to the older one?

    Yep, Jason at Babolat was a pleasure to deal with.

    Haha I agree with you, the amber handles look really sharp. If only the older toolkit was for sale...:(

    Also, I have regular ChapStick because: 1, I probably would have mistakenly eaten the "Mint" flavor for candy... 2, It is what I found in my drawer.
     
  11. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    The red and blue one I have pictured in the thread are more heavy duty (the red one more so than the blue one). That said, this black one is lighter and easier to use. I love them all, but use the black one when at the pro shop, so it gets the most use. I keep the red and blue one at home, unless stringing at tournament.
     

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