Welcome to the board. Restoring and diving the old gear can get quite addictive so be careful. There are quite a few of us diving the old gear. You may enjoy checking out the "Seahunt Remembered" videos on youtube. A couple of us are cast members.
I have watched them....you guys are having more fun than the law ought to allow....I going to start tearing into one of my newly acquired regs this weekend....will probably start with a Mistral.....
We do have a blast and we are all friends so seeing each other is worth the trip- a 10 hr drive for me. The Mistral is pretty easy to do although setup can be finicky at times. If the adjusting wheel stud is stuck, don't get to aggressive with it, better to leave it in than to break if off. Same goes for the venturi tube. Do yourself a favor and don't go cheap on the rubber parts. Get all new if you intend to dive it, the old rubber was no where as good new as the replacements are today and frankly I hate the taste of the old rubber mouthpieces. You can swap hose sets between regs if you want to cut a little out. USD loops work fine with Dacor and Healthways regs so they can be used there as well. If you move on the DA or Royal Aquamasters ,I make service tools for them.
" I just bought and received a restored Royal Aquamaster, an unrestored DA Aquamaster (whch I plan on restoring), a single hose Voit 40 fathom (which I plan on restoring), a single hose U.S. Divers Calypso J (which I would like to restore but may find impossible to get parts for), and a couple of single hose Healthways which I bought in a package deal with some other stuff. I also own a couple of Dacor single hose regs that I bought new years ago which I cannot find parts for along with a couple of US Divers regs in various Conshelf editions which I bought new years ago and some older model ScubaPro regulators that I have owned for years."
Have you received your Mistral yet? Let me know what you think of it after you try it. The parts for the Calypso J are readily available through a number of sources, including Vintage Double Hose. That's where I got the parts for my rebuild (except the castle spacer, which I cannibalized from an extra first stage). I think that you will find the members here to be non-judgmental and very helpful. You are fortunate to be in close proximity to Herman, a knowledgeable, helpful and friendly guy.
I watched the Video...you guys did a great job of putting it together...I also read some about Silver Springs and I can see where you guys would have to limit the participants. In fact, I watched the video during Thanksgiving and that is what re-kindled my interest in what is now called "Vintage Scuba" lol!
The first regulator that I ever owned, and the one that I learned to dive with back in the 60's was a U.S. Divers Mistral. I started my collection about a month ago and am up to 11 (some working, some not) double hose regulators. I plan on re-building all of them. I have looked for and inquired about vintage scuba groups here in Texas and have not had any luck in finding one. I know a bunch of divers that I have discussed such an organization with and we plan on starting a vintage scuba group here in Texas in the very near future. I may need to pick your brain.
Thanks for responding Re: Sea Hunt Remembered group.
Sea Hunt Forever is a group of divers from 16 states and Canada. By necessity, since we are diving Silver Springs, FL (where diving is forbidden) via permits issued by the State of Florida as "Historical Reenactors" the vetting process for participants is extensive and lengthy. Past participants get first dibs and we are limited by permit to about 25 divers total, each doing about four 30 minute shifts over 8 hours over two days.
For new cast members it usually takes a recommendation from one of the current divers who personally knows an applicant and can vouch for their character and vintage diving ability. At that point there needs to be proof that the proposed diver has all the correct equipment. Not just Sea Hunt time period correct, but actual regulators, fins, weightbelts, harnesses, etc... of the brand and model that appeared in an episode of the show. If they can't point to a scene where their regulator was used, that regulator is not permitted. The men and women divers who participate are some of the very best vintage divers on the planet.
I was honored to have been appointed the Chairman of the 2019 show. I could not have done it without a highly dedicated team. After eight months advance prep work, all went smoothly and everybody had a great time. Using actual scripts from the show, we entertained something like 6500 visitors on glass bottom boats over two days last March in conjunction with Florida's SpringsFest. Hope to do more shows in the future!