I have an alpha, a gamma, and the gss clamp, and I prefer the gss clamp the most. The alpha clamp is larger plate size, and like you said the gss clamp has stiffer springs, so it holds remarkably well.I keep the alpha with a string in place all the time for its use as a bridge when needed, and the gss clamp for all other uses. The gss is very well made.
Just a note, be sure and keep your starting clamp clean as well as your machines clamps, as after a period of time, I was just cleaning the machines clamps, and not the starting clamps and a set of VS gut slipped through the starter when starting crosses (I now use a different method of starting crosses) .It ended up because of dirty starting clamp, so do not ignore cleaning the starting clamp as well when you clean the machines clamps.
Last edited by jim e; 07-22-2011 at 07:03 PM.