Babolat Starting Clamps

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  1. gmatheis

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    Can anyone say with some authority which of these is genuine or are they both?

    As you can see one has black springs, the other silver.
    One looks like a gear shaped hole for the pin that holds the clamp together, the other looks round.
    and finally the handle almost looks a little different … like one the seam between black and red looks very smooth and the other looks a bit more defined.

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  2. Smittithekitty

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    I personally only seen it in black so...
    i am not aure if it is a fake but i never remember any of the past generations of babolat starting clamp to be silver
     
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    Both of mine have the silver springs and gear shaped hole.
     
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  4. Rabbit

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    Mine too!
     
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    Same here. Mine looks like the bottom bigger picture, with gear shaped hole and silver-gold spring.

    One cannot exclude,though, that the design of this clamp has changed over the time.

    The clamp with the round hole typically can be seen in current pictures of Babolat tool kit. This makes me wonder if it could simply be a newer model of the same clamp.
     
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  6. gmatheis

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    thanks everyone … will have to do some digging.

    My gamma clamp lost an insert I think (don't know when but it slips now and looks like something is missing on one side)

    I found the top picture for $55 , just worried it's not authentic maybe.
     
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    Not by my machine at the moment. But the bottom picture looks like my Babolat starting clamp, almost certain of it.
     
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    Top one looks like a knock off.
     
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    Top one looks like a knock off.
     
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    Old thread - good reference with plenty of pics
     
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    That was my concern, it's sold by the uk depot of racquets (if you catch my drift) for about $55. , not sure if they are trustworthy or not.

    Is there a way to buy a clamp directly from Babolat ?
     
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  12. Rabbit

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    @gmatheis that is where I bought my Babolat starting clamp from and it looks like the one identified as the real deal in your pictures.
     
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  13. kkm

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    The depot you mentioned is a good place to buy from. I have a pair of Babolat starting clamps from the previous generation (dark almost black handles), and the springs on those are dark/black.
     
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  14. gmatheis

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    Funny because they show the top picture … damn French company making this hard lol
     
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    Keep in mind that Babolat probably outsources the actual production of their stringing tools - starting clamps, awls, and so on.

    I imagine that they do what car manufacturers do - design stringing machines, have component manufacturers make the parts, and do final assembly of the stringing machines in-house.
     
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  16. kkm

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    I don’t have my (most recent generation) red-handled Babolat starting clamps handy, just my blue-handled ones, and it’ll be a couple days until I can check what color the volute springs on those (most recent generation red-handled) are.
    I will say that the depot mentioned earlier, and s t r i n g e r s w o r l d, are legit sources.
     
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  17. Rabbit

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    As noted, my new Babolat clamp has a gear shaped hole. A good friend gave me a blue handled VS starting clamp (no bridge holes) and it has a round hole. I don't know that it makes a bit of difference. I agree with @kkm and others that the source vendor is legit and a great source for those items you can't buy here.
     
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    I think the top photo is a stock picture put out by Babolat. It is on several sites. Could be wrong, but I have seen it on multiple sites.
     
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    Thanks , as a funny side note I was stringing a racquet yesterday and a heard a little metal "clink" drop from the tower area somewhere onto the turntable.

    It was my missing insert from my Gamma starting clamp , so I may be able to save it. Until that insert disappeared it worked really well.
     
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