Matthews Claw expands Rigging Options for Astera & T12 Tube Lights
Announcing the answer for safely mounting Astera Hyperion, Titan and Helios as well as T12 tube lights to standard grip equipment: The Claw! The Claw is a new generation clamp, designed to solve real on-set issues, by Sci-Tech Award-winning Key Grip Richard Mall with gaffer Jeremy Launa is and crafted by the team at MSE headquarters in Burbank, California.

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Made of lightweight aluminum with a black anodized finish and weighing in under one-half pound, the system offers the familiar operation of the popular Matthellini Clamp. But in this case, the Claw is purpose-built for delicate tubular lighting fixture and features an attachment insert for a safety strap.
This unique tool brings these popular lights into the grip world, offering ease and compatibility with any common rigging that has a baby receiver. Integral to The Claw is a Matthews 5” long, industry-standard 5/8” Baby Pin. Designed with the mounting pin in-line with the fixture, facilitates low-profile and simple mounting to a 5/8” grip head or Baby receiver. The ¼”-20 threaded receiver allows the pin to be extended using a MicroRod or similar hardware. Adding Claws to a grip kit enables easy stacking of any number of tubes or accomplishing custom designed tube light arrays
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Operation is easy. The Claw’s threaded pin may be activated by rotating its winged handle. Clockwise tightening engages the jaw’s four fingers, clamping them more than 180-degrees around the fixture for a sure hold. The handle is specially sized to eliminate over-cranking— a half turn is all it takes.

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For added protection each Claw finger is padded with textured rubber to avoid surface damage and slippage—safeguarding from nicks and scrapes on the tube’s housing. Within the jaw a series of magnets work to keep the Claw fingers in the open position ready to receive a tube.


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