i feel the same way. i fly rc planes and heli's for a hobby too. and ive
sticked with one hobby store because they know the business well. im on a
budget too, so id like to make one buy and be happy with it. but it seems
from what ive read you need diff types of equipment for diff dive
situations. hopefully diff reg do the trick. but mostly, ill probably do
just rec diving to start in order to get some dives under my belt. maybe
some freshwater here in iowa. do some of those dive trips i hear about.
which pretty reasonable in cost, some offer all-inclusive for one week. are
there any wreck dives under 100ft?? it sounds as if most of them are over
100ft and require special gases to do. thanks for all of the help. does
anyone know of more web sites that could help me?? tim
----- Original Message -----
From: "Huntzinger, Hugh A [AMSTA-AR-CCL-B]" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 9:29 AM
Subject: Re: Renting or buying? (Was: Re: FYI - Cozumel Conditions)
> Strike writes:
> > Tim! As you're already starting to appreciate, everyone
> > has their own particular thoughts about equipment. But
> > ultimately the decision must be yours as to what best
> > suits your diving needs - and pocket! (Although price
> > should never be an issue when buying diving gear.)
> Agreed. The good news is that there's a lot of very good equipment that
> pragmatically 'good enough' for most recreational divers, so its really
> pretty hard to make an extremely bad choice.
> Also, I personally don't think that one has to spend the world in order to
> get a configuration that is good enough for one's needs. For example,
> I'd never turn down a ScubaPro Mk20/G250, its 300+fsw depth performance
> capabilities are overkill for normal recreational diving, so the less
> expensive Mk14/R380 is probably a fair trade-off for most of us.
> Overall, budgets are a reality for nearly all of us. Having a good idea
> your objectives and requirements, with an eye towards how they may change
> of very high value to making good, objective decisions.
> > When you're ready to buy - and have some brand names
> > and models in mind - ask the question and I'm sure that
> > you'll get a wealth of information to assist you. :-)
> For example, I'm of the opinion that brand & model aren't as important as
> the question of if you can get good, reliable local service for the item.
> After all, the best regulator design in the world becomes a piece of
> when it receives poor service. Knowing what products your local shops
> and which of those shops you trust is a highly localized variable that
> of us online can really answer...and a good question for your local shop's
> Technician is if they have any strong likes/dislikes of working on a
> particular regulator...and why. Personal preferences frequently influence
> the reasons and rationale.