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Who's still diving AGA system?

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by agadiver78, Apr 27, 2020.

  1. agadiver78

    agadiver78 Nassau Grouper

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    just curious how many bugger heads out there still refuse to quit diving
    their old AGA 324's? ;-)
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  2. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

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    looks like a flame thrower.
     
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  3. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Manta Ray

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    Try getting a 5000 psi fill at my local dive shop. :)
     
  4. jadairiii

    jadairiii Solo Diver

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    Seatec made a wing specifically for that system.
     
  5. agadiver78

    agadiver78 Nassau Grouper

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    Yeah that was a neat setup! This was my Seatec rig back in 1978 (not the AGA specific rig). Prior to that it was pretty much horse collar.


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  6. bletso

    bletso Dive Shop

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    Off topic a little but too bad you are in CA. I can fill it. We have to fill a military cyl. 5000 psi He with this beasty. 1100 cf which they just dump!!! I hate to put that on my back!!
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  7. vjb.knife

    vjb.knife Nassau Grouper

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    I dove one a few times back in the 1970's and really liked it. I tried to get one of their current setups a few years ago but they were very hard to contact and unresponsive so I put together my own set of tiny doubles for a lot less $$$, using Poseidon regulators and an Apeks WTX backwing. It's 100 scf @2500psi.

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  8. agadiver78

    agadiver78 Nassau Grouper

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    Yes, that is the drawback for trying to maintain the original AGA (circa 70s)
    #1 you really cant find anyone who will service them (regarding the "pre" Interspiro - AGA system) and hydros/VIP's are difficult to find at best. (you best be qualified/able to service them yourself)
    #2 very few if any alive in the industry that ever had exposure/experience with the system which creates problems
    at the local DS.
    #3 Spares? forget it unless you have a good stock you have kept over the years.
    #4 there are plenty of other reasons to avoid them, unless you know what you have.
    I have two sets with current Hydro, but both recently ran out of VIP time so
    I will most likely lean them against the wall with the rest of my "vintage collectables".
    Having dove this design along with many other more conventional types of SCUBA,
    the AGA ranks at the top of my list of cool, exotic and functional dive equipment.
    Too bad the working pressure prevented it from gaining more traction in the US market over the years. IMG_1546.JPG
     
  9. jadairiii

    jadairiii Solo Diver

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    What were their buoyancy characteristics? If I remember right they were a "tad" negative when full?
     
  10. agadiver78

    agadiver78 Nassau Grouper

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    yeah a bit negative.
     

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