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#1 Neal Bryant

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:32 PM

As most of you are probably aware, the Master sled doesn't have the most rigid topstage in the world. I have this handy clamp that CP made to completely lock down the dovetail to the stage. I can find no literature about this thing anywhere on the internet, except in one interview with GB when he was working on Bulworth. Today I talked to Lyn Taylor and he immediately recognized it and confirmed that Tiffen doesn't make it. I would love to get my hands on another one to have as a backup, but that may prove to be more trouble than it's worth. Out of curiosity, I was wondering if any current or former Master owners used this part or know any history attached to it.

 

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#2 Adam Mendry

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:09 AM

Hi Neal 

I have contacted Tiffen about that, they dont have them anymore.
I got in touch with one of the owners of this part, he will shortly send me some measurements of it and i think we will be able to make our own. I will contact with you asap i get some more info. 


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#3 David M. Aronson

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:13 AM

So that's what that's for! It's been sitting on my shelf for months now XD

Yeah, making an spare shouldn't be too hard either. You could probably hand machine it if needed. 


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#4 Neal Bryant

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:08 PM

They could definitely be machined, I just wonder how costly it would be. I have a terrific guy that I work with, Keith, at Findlay's Machine Shop in west LA. I could let him have a look at it and maybe do a run for Master owners that are interested.

David, you should really give it a try! Anything I do involving running or sudden moves that are prone to vibration, I throw on the clamp and it really solidifies the dovetail.


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#5 Brian Freesh

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:48 PM

Neal, put me on the list of interested parties.  I have an ultra, but it's the same top stage.  Maybe I can come test yours first to make sure though?


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#6 Neal Bryant

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:16 PM

Absolutely, Brian. I live on the westside, right where the 10 and 405 meet. Maybe it's more convenient for me to come to you with the clamp so you can throw it on your rig and try it out. From what I understand, there are some structural and electrical differences between Master and Ultra 1 stages, but as long as the clearance between the dovetail and the stage is in the same ballpark, it should work fine.


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#7 Adam Mendry

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:24 PM

Guys if you are going to make some, please dont forget about Poland :D Im 100% interested in getting one!


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#8 Neal Bryant

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:25 PM

Will do, Adam. I'll go see my guy about it tomorrow and go from there.


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#9 Neal Bryant

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:26 PM

Hey guys, I met with my regular machinist about the Wedge today and he estimates an anodized unit will be about $90 apiece. I'm thinking about doing a run of 10. Do me a favor and reach out to any Master/Ultra1 owners you know that might be interested.

The new piece should be identical to the original except for the sexy beveled edges. That would add to the cost a good bit and I don't see it as a necessary part of the design. I do think anodizing is necessary just to reduce the friction as the clamp pieces slide together.
 


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#10 Steve Acheson

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:50 PM

I would like one!


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#11 Marty Newstead

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 07:19 AM

I would also be interested, put me on the list if you are having some made please.


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#12 Kenny Brown SOC

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 12:19 AM

Hi there

 

I'd like one too, please add me to the list.

 

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#13 Chris Callarman

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 02:27 PM

Count me in please.


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#14 Adam Mendry

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 11:55 AM

Hello everyone, i just made those clamps. Based on informations given by Larry McConkey i have made first three products, i have tested them and they are good. Works like its said, Top stage is riggid and strong, no flexes at all. If you would like to see a picture of it or order one of them, i can do it for you and send it worldwide. 

For more informations contact me through email or facebook 

adam.mendry@gmail.com


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#15 Neal Bryant

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 10:52 PM

Hey guys, I have seen pictures of Adam's wedges and I believe based on the photos that they improve on the original design. I'm not going have any made myself, and I will be purchasing one or two from Adam.


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