I just joined the forum in search of information on rebuilding my old Royal Aquamaster which I was originally trained with back in 1972 at the University of Missouri. The regulator rubber hoses seem to be in good shape and the biggest issue is the case. I must not have rinsed it as well as I thought when I put it away 35 years ago. I am interested in re-chroming it and rebuilding it. I have seen mention of the Phoenix modification which allows the use of BC inflators and SPGs. In the old days we used the hookah port with an adaptor for a single hose second stage (nicknamed the "squid rig") to accommodate those who had not been trained in buddy breathing with a double hose and used a J valve equipped tank instead of an SPG. As I remember I was the last one to rebuild this regulator back in 1978, used it a couple of times in pool sessions to demonstrate "old time" SCUBA gear to my students and put it away before moving to FL. I never could over breathe it while using it on physically demanding search and commercial dives. Any information on who might be able to restore it to aesthetic and functional shape would be appreciated.
If this was mine, I'd just leave it stock: you might as well just buy a Kracken if you need it to do all those super trick things. Instead, use a banjo-fitting and your squid-rig to run the octo etc.So many of these swell old regs are getting the heck modified out of them so that nothing of the real characteristics are left: not unlike old cars that people turn into rat-rods. I can see if there was something poor about the design and then wanting to modify that.
I know there are people who will disagree with me, but the first Healthways Scuba needs to be modified to make it a good-safe breathing reg:
and my very simple mod:
But, a DA is an excellent breathing reg, why "guild the lily"?
Again, welcome, we are here to help: and ask any questions you want; I promise we won't use you for chum for asking anything