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New to vintage?

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by Ghost95, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Florida
    Morning all.

    I'm looking at getting an old double hose just for the fun of it. I'll do the service myself so... What are your recommendations for a first old double hose? Is there a particular style, brand, it model that I should look for?

    Thanks for your input. Have a good day.
  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
  3. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
    Single stage DH: Can't beat a USD Mistral.

    Two stage DH: USD AquaMaster.

    There are many choices out there but the above two are pretty easy to find and very easy to service. Plus VDH has all the parts. My 2psi. M

    Mistral, Kraken, AquaMaster

    BbhS8S.jpg bu
  4. GJC

    GJC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Southern California, USA
    DA Aquamaster

    Lots appear in pretty good shape on EBay for reasonable prices.

    Vintagedoublehose.com has everything you will need to replace or upgrade.

    They are pretty good breathers in the water compared to some of the other double hose brands.
  5. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    Like what was said above, get on over to Vintage Double Hose, and begin to read.

    Vintage Double Hose - Index page

    links at bottom of page

    IIRC, Bryan describes the DA Aquamaster as the Toyota Camry of DH regulators. You can go a long way with one....
  6. herman

    herman Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh,North Carolina
    I would look for a DA Aquamaster (DAAM) or a Royal Aquamaster (RAM). Both are fairly common, easy to service and any parts you may need are available. The later models with a long yoke are a better choice if you want to use a SPG with them, otherwise you need a tank with a working J valve and know how to use it. You can also upgrade either of them with several parts to improve their performance. I also suggest you find an old school back plate or get one of the new VDH ones as DH regs REQUIRE a proper back plate to perform at their best. There are a number of active DH divers both here and on VDH that are more than happy to help you along so please ask questions. DH regs take a little getting accustomed to and a different dive mindset but one you do, many of us prefer them to single hose regs. I have a number of regs and my Kraken is the one I prefer to use.
  7. jrltenn

    jrltenn Public Safety Diver

    What those guys said ^
  8. Ghetto Diver

    Ghetto Diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Beerfield Beach, FL
    Where are you at in Flurda?

    Good advice already given.
    Beware, the vintage bug can bite hard.
    3 dhs sets, triples, doubles etc in 2 yrs.
    If you go full vintage ( no bc) you will find your skills will be improved.
  9. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: 13th floor of the Ivory Tower
    Should we tell him? I'll give you a hint @Ghost95 . I found SB and VDH because I was looking for a place to sell my non-working DH. Now, I have three (all working) but some of the guys here have it much worse than I do.

    Edit: Ghetto spilled the beans as I was typing.
    Ghetto Diver likes this.
  10. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    Sometimes you can find a tank valve that has a port for an SPG. I'll see if I can find a picture.


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