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I just picked up the Griffin Odyssey Cam vice this winter to upgrade from my 30 yr old Griffin 2A. There is another model of it that I got, cost a little bit more but so far I really like it. Cost was around $125 vs. the $80 one. The only difference is it has a really nice machined cradle and a better turning handle. It has the cam lock jaws and it came with the c clamp but I use it in my old base. The shaft comes apart so you can take off a 2" section to use in the desk base and it sits lower. The jaws seemed very small compared to the old 2A but Ive been using it mostly with 3/0 and 4/0 hooks, and it worked nice on the 16 dry fly hooks too. So far not one complaint :)
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It is nice to see the Griffin Odyssey being recognized for the fantastic value it is. There isn't another vise available for the price the holds hooks with a vengeance, is easy to adjust for different hook sizes, holds most any hook a person would tie a fly on, is true rotary, and all the parts can be replaced is they wear out, which is unlikely in a lifetime of tying for all but the professional tyer who ties 1,000 or more dozen flies per year. That is why I recommend it to folks who want a really good vise that they won't grow out of. Where else can you get this versatility for $100.00 or less?
 

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I like my Regzetti (see photo) :D

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I've had my Traveler for 17 years. It has a couple of upgrades at this point, but the standard Renzetti Traveler 2000 cannot be beat for the money and never let me down. Most of my flies are size 24-2, though I also tie on steelhead/intruder shanks a good amount.
 

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After about 20 years the shaft that holds the cam lever on my Thompson A started to wear through or bend or something. In any case I replaced it with a hack sawed piece of a 16 penny nail and got some more years out of it.

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This seems to me to be so much an oxymoron. Considering that the Norvice is one of the most expensive vices on the market.
Might be an oxymoron, I wrote that last night after some beverages and some devils lettuce. I still like the vice and feel its a great value, cost aside ;)
 

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Having used a Regal for about 12 years now, I can simply say I love its simplicity. Interesting that they show a Regal in the articles photo. Tying vises are much like rods and reels - everyone has their preference.
 

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My wife bought me a Renzetti Traveler about 20 yrs ago for my birthday, love it.
 
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Started out with a Renzetti Traveler. It served me well for a few years. The jaws seemed to fail to secure the hook after a while. Contacted Renzetti and they told me to buy new jaws. So I did. The were attached to a Norvise. Took some time to get use to it, but now my go to vise.

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Good stuff!

I'm surprised that was their answer...I started off with a hand-me-down $10 vise from India that worked...kinda.

After deciding I liked tying, my first big upgrade was to go to a Regal, on the recommendation of the two guys I'd learned the most from to that point, both of which tied on 25+ year old Regals, both still on the original jaws, and both of which still held a hook firmly enough that you could make a pretzel out of a heavy hook in either one of their sets of jaws.

After that I was true-rotary-curious, so I picked up a Dyna-King Trekker from a forum like this. It came used, but well taken care of, and it's held everything I've thrown at it, #22 to 2/0, rock solid, no question.

So in my nearly 10 years of tying, I've not even had to think about replacement jaws once. For a reputable name like that to tell you flat out to buy something extra to get basic performance seems like...low-effort...if not necessarily *bad* customer service. You'd think that they'd at least try to troubleshoot for you, or offer a price break on a set of replacements or something.
 
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