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Baby Doubles

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by Paladin, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. Paladin

    Paladin Solo Diver

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    Yesterday, I was down at my LDS and picked up a pair of new Catalina AL 53s. I brought them home and strapped them together into a set of "baby" doubles (My son carried them for me 'cause I'm not in really good shape right now). They are lighter and shorter than my double steel 72s and I think they will be fun to dive with my PRAM. I don't remember if there were aluminum tanks of that size "back in the day," though.
     
  2. ZKY

    ZKY Minimalist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Pictures please.
     
  3. Paladin

    Paladin Solo Diver

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    Okay, here's a pic:

    Baby Doubles.jpg
     
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  4. Akimbo

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    Nice Rig.

    Not even remotely vintage, but I am building a set of double steel Faber LP-45s that might also be an interesting choice for a compact rig like yours. They are only 5.51" OD and 23" tall. You can buy bands and a narrower 190mm CL-CL isolation manifolds from Piranha and Northeast Scuba Supply.

    Content Label - Doubles.jpg

    You would probably have to make custom bands if you use a vintage manifold though. What manifold are you using?
     
  5. Paladin

    Paladin Solo Diver

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    Akimbo,
    I am using a US Divers solid bar, center tap manifold I picked up NOS from military surplus. I bought three of the manifolds and am using one of the others for my double steel 72s.
     
  6. Akimbo

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    Your bands look vintage but new production. I haven’t seen bands that support reserve pull rods in years. Are those surplus as well?
     
  7. Paladin

    Paladin Solo Diver

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    The bands are vintage from the late sixties or early seventies. I found them a couple of years ago on EBay for $25. A little scrubbing with Brillo pads does wonders!:D
     
  8. ZKY

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    Very nice!

    Both of you.
     
  9. Paladin

    Paladin Solo Diver

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    That looks like a nice little setup. Whatcha gonna do with it?
     
  10. Paladin

    Paladin Solo Diver

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    Thanks!
     

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