Hi everyone, new guy here. My name is Art and I enjoy using my vintage diving gear here on Oahu. I hope to participate in discussions regarding repairing and restoring vintage regulators, especially US Divers and Scubapro brands. I’m looking forward to meeting you all.
Hi Nikeajax, thanks for the warm welcome. My go to double hose regulator is a RAM and single hose is a Calypso J and Scubapro Mk7. I have some early Conshelfs and Calypsos that I like alot. I just acquired a Dacor Olympic 400 and an 800 that are in great condition. The Dacors are a little out of my lane, but I love the high quality of their construction and am enjoying learning about them.
Hi Art, yeah, those USD regs breathe great, but the Olympic series breathes just as good in my opinion: I have a 400 that is my go-to. They are big and brutal, but like an old Studebaker-truck, they just won't quit!
I use Imgur (made the free account just for this forum!). I make a hidden (private) post on Imgur with all the pics I want to share here on a given subject. Then, at the top corner of the post are 3 dots next to the "copy link" button (only shows when the mouse is over the picture). Click the 3 dots button, and you'll get a dropdown menu:
Select get share links, and you'll get a pop-up menu:
Click the "Copy Link" button next to BBCode (forums), it will be the 3rd one down. That puts in in the computer's scratchpad, so that in the your post here you just hit "ctrl+v" to paste it in. While you write your post it will show in raw BBCode (just the code, no image), but the image will show when you post it.
Hi Art. This is John Ratliff, "SeaRat" on the ScubaBoard. I've been diving continuously since 1959, and was a USAF Pararescueman from 1967-1977. I have a whole collection of different regulators, and also am interested in underwater swimming techniques and different fins. I've had fun with U.S. Divers Company regulators, and have a DIR regulator that will blow the minds of some of the DIR divers.
IMG_1829 by John Ratliff, on Flickr This is an original Calypso which has been rebuilt, and the first stage is a second generation Calypso. I have a second generation Calypso as the octopus too. Here's what it looks like:
You can see that the Healthways Hybrid Scuba regulator has the original Healthways box and exhalation, with a Healthways Gold Label innards. It breathes fantastically, better than a USD Mistral with that Healthways exhalation diaphragm and a very rebust venturi.
Along with that, I have two sets of doubles with a twin post manifold, allowing me to use both a double hose, single stage regulator without LP and HP ports, with a single hose regulator which incorporates those ports. This one above is the Scubapro manifold (kinda rare). The other type as my Sherwood duel post manifold.