Starting Clamp Question

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by jacktyler627, May 17, 2012.

  1. jacktyler627

    jacktyler627 New User

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    My starting clamp is no longer holding direct tension

    I dont know what type it is (no brand on it, red, with two springs)

    Is there any way to salvage it, or do I just need to buy a new one

    If I do need a new one is the gss one the way to go??

    Thanks,
    Jack
     
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  2. zapvor

    zapvor Legend

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    i would just get a new one. the gamma ones are pretty good
     
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  3. benxten

    benxten Rookie

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    If it still slips after you have thoroughly cleaned it, then it might be time to get a new one. I have a gss clamp and have had no problems with it. I usually clean it after about 5 string jobs. The gss clamp is also the one master racket technician, yulitle, recommends and he does not steer you wrong when it comes to stringing.
     
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  4. zapvor

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    we want yulitle back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  5. Baloo

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    If you're in a bind (or until you get a new one) you can cut a piece of emery cloth (quite fine), fold it and slip it into the clamp. This has worked on my clamp for a while now.
     
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  6. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

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    Sounds to me like the clamp is just very dirty. I would take the springs out and take it apart and clean it very good with a tooth brush and alcohol. It is hard to really clean a clamp with a pipe cleaner or a shoe string.
     
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  7. pingu

    pingu Semi-Pro

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    Just to add to Irvin's suggestion. These springs are easy to work with. Compress and remove then you'll be able to open the clamp wide to clean.

    Good luck!
     
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  8. Wuppy

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    I think they're too expensive to "just" get. :( $40-60 for a pair of glorified pliers with springs on 'em. Makes me angry :evil:
     
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  9. KerryR

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    ???
    Where'd he go??
     
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  10. zapvor

    zapvor Legend

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    true they are not cheap.

    i think yulite got busy with work and stuff:(
     
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  11. jim e

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    Most issues with starting clamps is stringers do not clean them like the machines clamps. Like said, just push in the springs and take the springs off, then it is easier to clean the holding surface, then replace the springs and you should be all set.
     
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