What's wrong with cone base fixed clamps?

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  1. Mansewerz

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    I don't understand it. Can anyone explain that and spring assisted clamps?
     
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    Spring assisted are just a little easier to use is all.
     
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  3. Mansewerz

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    That's it? cone ones aren't really cumbersome, or what is the real advantage? LIke what does spring assisted do.
     
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    Honestly, cone base fixed clamps will probably last longer. Less can go wrong since its a simple operation.

    Spring assisted is smoother.
     
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  5. Mansewerz

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    Oh I see. I'll probably invest in the cone base ones. I'm not as picky about it I guess since I haven't experienced it yet. Thanks. Btw, what machine do you use?
     
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  6. LttlElvis

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    Gamma 6004. Those spring lock bases are $200....... each (yikes). I must say they are really nice and smooth. The cone lock bases on my Eagnas were fine and I never had a problem with them.
     
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  7. Mansewerz

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    Sweet, plus a machine i'm looking into, Mutual power hercules 680 has cone lock bases.
     
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    Cone Lock Base vs Spring Loaded Base

    Cone Lock or "Twist Lock" Base locks base to the track when the lever is tightened.

    Spring Loaded Locking base ala Babolat drive a wedge into an inverted cone to lock the base to the track.

    The primary difference is the spring loaded locking base is more consistent. It lock the same way almost without fail, though I've seen some people try and overtighten the lever.

    The Twist Lock mechanism locks tight and varies in tightness depending on how hard you twist the lever. The harder you twist the tighter the base is locked down. This means you need to be more careful to tighten the base the same way each time or the drawback on the clamp will vary and there's goes the frame consistency.

    So, is it worth more money for the spring loaded bases? In my opinion, yes. The best spring lock bases are those from Toyo Zouki and found on the Yonex machines.

    Sorry about the long discussion,

    Albert
     
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  9. crocon

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    ^ Hmm never even thought of that. I wonder if this is part of the reason not all of my strings are the same tension. When I pluck one string and then the same one on the opposite side (mirrored about the center of the racket) it hardly ever sounds the same. These clamps seem like they would save a few secs each string, which can add up.
     
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  10. crocon

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    Actually it just isnt close for the first 2 or 3, but then the tension seems closer for the rest.
     
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  11. Mansewerz

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    what's not close, the pitch?
     
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    Yeah. Sometimes its the same, but if it is off the side i tension first is always the looser one. My thinking is that after I tension the first side some string is pulled or creeps from the other side. Then when I do the second side it hits the right tension? Maybe I will make another thread instead of hijacking this one.
     
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