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Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by OldDiverGuy@yahoo.com, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. captain

    captain Captain

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    I still use my MK Vll, it's my newest regulator at 30 years old. You can get the rebuild kits for it. Learn how to do it yourself.
     
  2. dbg40

    dbg40 Solo Diver

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    Sound advice, I will do that. Hooked to my D300 I havent found a single reg. new or otherwise that breathes better. I miss my MKVII and the 300 bucks it cost to replace it with a MK25 thats not as good.. as far as im concerned.
    D.
     
  3. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

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    dbg40, In feel your pain, like I said, all this "education" you mentioned comes from where? I question the entire legitimacy of profit oriented dive agencies that will not let me dive and do everything they can to shut us down and yet certify people in one or two nights who cannot even swim. What is safer?, someone who was a competitive distance swimmer who has been diving since 66ish and not killed himself yet or someone who cannot swim a lick, is overweighted and loks like the Michelon Man with giiant BCs and hoses and gizmos and even a pair of scissors. Some of these people need a life jacket when they take a bath and yet they are CERTIFIED! By the way, most all of us are certified, I saw cards in some of these guys hands that were in heiroglyphics, one well known vintage diver guy has a card carved in stone---lol. All in fun. N
     
  4. dbg40

    dbg40 Solo Diver

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    Yeah, I had to certify in 76 when the dive shop cut me off at the knees. I was amazed at how much MORE down time I had than my "instructor" but...whatta you do.
    shut your mouth and repeat what you were...tought... 2 trips to the pool, 2 trips to 25' calm ocean, = 1 diver? What the hell was that all about??
     
  5. dbg40

    dbg40 Solo Diver

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    I continue to make friends. Check out my new post in "diving non certified" I have to learn the skill of staying OUT of battles that can't be won! I think I may be becoming a militant, what would my mother think.
     
  6. ScoobieDooo

    ScoobieDooo Manta Ray

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    dbg40,
    That what happens when you 'dare' to have your own opinion on a message board! lol!
     
  7. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

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    dbg40, calm down, it is going to be all OK---lol. N
     
  8. dbg40

    dbg40 Solo Diver

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    WHEW! Im tired, Think ill just "beat my sword into an aqua master" and retire!
    New question, I was looking at a Royal on ebay, looks pretty good but its a "newer one" with the round sticker. what are your thoughts? the seasons getting rolling and I want to replace my lost DA. Never had a royal, only my golden that I can't use, (although its tempting) are there any diferences in the old vs. newer royals, other than not looking as good as the square labeled ones? One drawback is I dont think you can replace the sticker if it gets dinged up. Any thing else? Thanks.
    Dave.
     
  9. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

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    I have a round label and a square label. They breath essentially the same however I have to give the edge to the round label. I am sure this is just a minor tuning issue as they appear identical inside. The square label ID plate is held on by two bent over tabs. The round label is actually a silk screened metal plate that is attached to the body with an adhesive. Neither are especially replaceable because where would you find a new one for either? Frankly, I kinda like the round label better and mine is mint and breaths super smooth. I would get the Royal, first stage parts are easier to find and several guys in the vintage community can rebuild them for not that much money. The DA has decent parts availabiltiy as well but consider that the first stage of the Royal has the same parts in it that the Conshelf series has and you see it's advantage in that area.
    Do not use that gold job, in the right place and time it could be worth thousands!! N
     

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