thanks for the help, guys! I had to turn very hard, but yes, I got the clamps unlocked by turning w/o lifting.
now, the brake handle does NOT turn without lifting. I hulked it with all my might, and nothing! I don't know how the internals of the brake mechanism look, so I am totally at a loss on that one.
Prince Classic Graphite 100 Longbody + Volkl Cyclone 16 @ 60#
Lotto Raptor Ultra IV Speed