01-31-2008, 05:46 AM #1
New MBS flying clamps - same as Hi-Qua?
After much hype from MBS, their own-brand flying clamps have finally appeared:
They look superficially identical to the blue Hi-Qua version, but they are slightly cheaper (and since I intend to buy 4-6 of them, it mounts up). Has anyone used these before and is in a position to compare them to the Hi-Quas?
(On a side-note, I string my own rackets at 28/31 lbs nowadays - would 4 of these clamps be capable of holding that kind of tension?)
01-31-2008, 11:14 AM #2
01-31-2008, 11:27 AM #3
I am about 90% sure that it is not MBS flying clamp is NOT the same as HiQua (I remember HiQua is all steel while MBS is AL). And if I am right, the MBS clamp will hold up to 28 lb without slipperage. BG85 will slip at higher than 28lb.
01-31-2008, 02:51 PM #4
01-31-2008, 03:25 PM #5
it is all steel construction. Unless they forgot to update the info which is a possibility.
01-31-2008, 03:42 PM #6
As an additional information, I had all steel Alpha flying clamps and all Alpha aluminum flying clamps. They perform about the same.
01-31-2008, 07:25 PM #7
I have a pair of each...
I use 2 Hi-Qua and 2 MBS Flying Clamps.
I'm of the opinion that they are very much similar (performance-wise).
Have not encountered problems with slippage when stringing at 28 x 31 lbs.
Hope this helps...
02-01-2008, 09:02 AM #8
02-01-2008, 09:03 AM #9
02-01-2008, 06:21 PM #10
02-02-2008, 09:49 AM #11
I also found these:
Superficially, it looks like the Hi-Qua and MBS clamps look to be of higher quality, but I'm happy to be wrong (especially for $15). Has anyone used these Eagnas clamps wo can compare them to the Hi-Quas?
02-02-2008, 05:20 PM #12
02-04-2008, 01:35 PM #13
Review coming up
I have just ordered four of the MBS clamps - I will use them to do my AT800 at 28/31 and post a review as soon as it's done.
02-12-2008, 11:26 AM #14
First things first: hats off to Winston and MBS - I was told to expect 8 - 12 days for delivery; they arrived in 5.
Ashaway MP - 28.25/31
My first impression was that these are quality products. The surface finish is a gorgeous piano black that looks to be extremely hard-wearing, and the spring action is very strong. They were a little smaller than I expected, but I've never used spring-loaded flies before. I reasoned that if these little guys could do one of my insane 28/31 jobs, then they would suffice for anything else I would encounter. I wasn't disappointed.
I used a pair on each side for the mains, incrementally stepping outward after each pull. I felt the clamped pairs for any sign of slippage - there was around half a millimetre which, to be honest, is about the same amount that my swivel clamps lean when taking up the strain.
Onto the crosses, and I used three in a row on each pass; where there wasn't room for three, at the top of the frame, I reverted to the swivels (which was fine - I was up to over-pulling for the knot by then anyway). There was no significant slippage during this phase either.
If I had one gripe about this clamp, it's that the separator bar (between the moving jaws) could do with being 3-4 mm wider - the strings were being pinched together slightly more than I would have liked. However, there was no more setting off to be done than if I'd used swivels alone.
Time-wise, I would estimate that 8-10 mins was shaved off the stringing process while the same level of quality was achieved.
I can't compare these to the Hi-Qua stablemates, nor can I comment on how they would perform with thinner string (or higher tension, come to think of it) but, based on the job I just did, I would say they are an excellent investment.
02-12-2008, 05:35 PM #15
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02-13-2008, 09:13 AM #17
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