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SCUBA-L  May 2001, Week 1

SCUBA-L May 2001, Week 1

Subject:

Re: Desert Island Regulator

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Burnt3D <[log in to unmask]>

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Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 7 May 2001 13:39:24 -0500

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thanks for the info. has anyone ever used the apex tx40 regulator?? I'm not
needing an adjustable one. currently, I'm using the alpha 7 form oceanic in
class. let me know, Tim
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gozum_NT at OIT" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, May 07, 2001 12:44 PM
Subject: Re: Desert Island Regulator


> Many thanks to so many for their recommendations on Desert Island
> Regulators .. I'm very surprised by the unanimous vote for Apeks models,
> list info on the US-Zeagle version, and news of these now being in the
> Aqualung line up ... and comparison to an Aqualung model.
>
> Carl-M: good to see you at Dutch, with Art and Tina too ... and to see
your
> rig and the Apeks in life.  It truly is a unique sealed design ... and I
> can see why the GUE set advise it.  My Aqualung Cousteau returned from
> service and a part was indeed broken in the first stage ... field
> unservicable!
>
> I avoided it, but it seems it inevitable that one consider owning two of
> most critical scuba equipment.  Failure in 'desert island' conditions
could
> mean an end to an 'exotic' dive trip, and rental fees could buy a new reg
> depending on how long one used it.
>
> Now that we know the best, its time to balance cost!  The Apeks seem like
> the regulator to use, firstline, and my Cousteau becomes backup!
>
> Saw Aqualung's Calypso ~ $124 for both 1st and second stages, and its
rated
> best buy by Rodale, and there's a mini regulator system by Sporasub by
> Mares for $170 ... any comments?  Its a far cry from Apeks, but looking at
> the other end of the cost spectrum.
>
>
>
>
>
> At 12:00 AM 5/5/2001 -0400, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> >Date:    Fri, 4 May 2001 16:42:13 +1000
> >Subject: Re: Desert Island Regulator
> >
> >At 01:55 4/05/2001 -0500, Burnt3D <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >how about aqua lung regulators?? they're cheaper but have apex internal
> > >parts. let me know, Tim.
> >
> >Aqualung own/distribute Apeks now, unfortunately (prices have already
> >started going up, some suggest quality might start heading in the other
> >direction)  :-(   As far as "apex internal parts", not that I'm aware of.
> >Aqualung have their own range of balanced diaphragm (and one unbalanced
> >piston) regulators.  They have copied ideas from Apeks (like the dry
seal)
> >but as far as I know that's all.  I'm certain the HP seat or diaphragm
for
> >example from an Apeks first wouldn't fit a (say) Aqualung Titan or
Cousteau
> >or vis versa.
> >
> >As far as a straight comparison goes, a good one would be the Apeks US-4
> >with the Aqualung Cousteau.  Both are balanced diaphragm firsts.  The
US-4
> >is smaller and lighter and has less parts.
> >
> >Regarding the second stages.  The base model Apeks (T20) is a balanced
> >second stage offering the same performance as higher (more expensive)
> >models.  The base model Aqualung is unbalanced and doesn't.
> >
> >Cheers,
> >
> >Simon
>
>
> Warm regards,
>
>
> Marv

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