Hi everyone! I just found the board yesterday and thought it'd be fun to join. I'm not too vintage myself, I got certified in 1992, but I love the look of the vintage gear, and have begun collecting depth gauges (mostly). I worked in a dive shop from 92 to 98, and helped teach many basic and some specialty classes. Filled a zillion tanks, became a certified regulator repair tech and serviced a ton of US Divers regulators, some from the 70s, and even managed to squeeze a few pleasure dives in now and then!
I'll probably lurk more than post, but I'll be out here!
'Good to see you here. We have a lot of fun with the old gear. Today, I was in the Clackamas River with a Healthways Scuba Gold Label twin hose regulator, and had a great dive. I'll detail it in a different area here. But welcome aboard.
John C. Ratliff Diving since 1959, at age 13. Haven't stopped, and still enjoy getting wet.
If you're accustomed to working on Conshelfs, then a USD Royal Aqua Master would look very familiar to you on the inside. Same first stage. And you would have the Aqua Master figured out in minutes.
I too dove a Conshelf for many years. I was a diver for the Sea Life Discovery(a semi-sub) here in Sitka for several years and would make about 300 dives a season - mostly using my Conshelf 20. The plastic didn't have the same look as the shiny chrome, but talk about take a lickin and keep on tickin. The thing just kept on working.
I had that reg for more than 10 years and never put a rebuild kit in it. I replaced the o-rings in the second stage, replaced the diaphragm, the silntered filter and had to replace the hose when it blew out, but that was it. An occasioanl adjustment is all I ever did.
I bought it used from a dive shop that was going out of business and selling it's rental inventory. I then brought it to Alaska and dove the living daylights out of it before selling it on E-Bay. The reg is probably going just as strong now as it ever was.
Anyway, sorry if I'm flapping my gums too much. Welcome to the forum.
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