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  1. Bigbella

    Shearwater ad . . .

    Regardless of your opinion on Shearwater gear, that recent SB ad for the Teric leaves something to be desired "The watch that transforms you?" That pallor? She don't look so hot . . .
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    Found: Red Filter at San Carlos Beach . . .

    I found someone's pop-on red filter -- presumably from GoPro -- along the wall this morning. I know that it is red, because it says as much on its frame -- and surprise, surprise, well, it's red . . .
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    URCHINS: Tools of the Trade . . .

    With all of the recent dust-ups over urchin culling / collecting, and the gross, tone-deaf incompetency of CA Fish and Game (still can't bring myself to call it "Wildlife,") in over a decade of written, photo-documented entreaties to Sacramento from scientists and lay-people alike, that...
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    Thirty Years-Out: Still Alive . . .

    While recently taking an inventory of gear and service records, I realized that one of my “newer” regulators, was fast approaching thirty years of being on the job, without missing a beat. The Poseidon Odin was 300.00, back in 1991, purchased at the late-lamented Pacific Offshore Divers, in San...
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    Always Last in Line . . .

    Much like contractors whose home projects are often the last to be completed, my own care and maintenance work had been frequently placed on the back burner, this last year. There had been some odd rumor about something, imported, going around. Just swapping-out regulators, as needed, had...
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    7 JULY: LIGHT FOUND AT SAN CARLOS BEACH . . .

    I found yet another bit of flotsam or, perhaps, jetsam -- a very nice light -- in the shallows of San Carlos Beach (aka the "Coast Guard Breakwater”), attached to the colorful lanyard, seen above. Some initials or code had been written on the body: "BRE L2." If you can identify what was...
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    Want to Buy SHERWOOD / GENESIS VALVES . . .

    I am looking to purchase functional Sherwood / Genesis 6300 valves, circa 1993-on, as illustrated above. The head is canted backwards, at an angle, and allows for various regulator orientations, which prevents one from get bopped on the back of the head -- especially, with one of my earlier...
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    Cyklon “Silent Diver?”

    Has anyone seen or used this contraption — an aftermarket “silencing” device, for attachment to a Poseidon Cyklon second stage; and if so, what was your opinion? A friend purchased an older regulator a short time ago — and its metal second stage was fitted with the so-called “Silent Diver,” a...
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    Hand Press for Poseidon Cyklon Second Stage . . .

    Scuba Clinic, of Thailand, has come up with a lightweight (210 gram), comparatively inexpensive (about US 70.00) alternative to Poseidon's 1.3 kilo, multi-hundred dollar "Assembly Tool," — both aimed at simply installing a 1.5 gram “locking ring” on a Cyklon second stage. It is composed of...
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    M28 Firmware Follies . . .

    What was I thinking, after that abortion that was the last big firmware release from Poseidon, from 2019 -- which took a lengthy set of after-market instructions from DGX, to save everyone's ass? I decided that I may as well perform the latest firmware update, during the height of the...
  11. Bigbella

    Capesante al Forno

    A couple of friends of mine and I thought that it was high-time to do a bit of "social-distanced" foraging along the Sonoma Coast, north of San Francisco. Since the red abalone season is likely to remain closed, probably even through April of 2026(!), we have long repurposed our irons (even a...
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    Diver's watch found: Carmel area . . .

    I found a nice analogue dive watch -- or digital? . . . you tell me -- earlier today, in about 20 meters of water, at Carmel RIver State Beach, off of Ribera Road -- just "north" of Monastery (though both of those beaches, irritatingly, share the same official name). I initially thought that...
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    Cyklon X (circa 2006) . . .

    I have just seen the first US catalogue listings for the "new" Cyklon X, mentioned last year or so -- Poseidon having paired one of their MK3 Xstream firsts; having cranked the IP, "not to 10, but 11" bar (a la Spinal Tap); added a Cyklon second stage; and swapped out nitrile o-rings for EAN...
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    Gold Cyklon . . .

    An old friend of mine, has amassed one of the largest private collections of vintage scuba gear, dating from circa 1950-on, that I have ever seen; and he has one helluva enviable workshop. As a recently-retired engineer, he said that he had always admired the storied evolution of skin diving...
  15. Bigbella

    Need Something Shipped From Within Germany . . .

    I have attempted to replace some equipment, for an old friend, that was taken a while back, unfortunately, on my watch -- and the only source for its replacement is within Germany; though the current eBay seller, based upon my recent inquiries, only does business within country. I was wondering...
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    Old Warranty Service Cards . . .

    Does anyone recall these cards? A number of manufacturers once supplied them -- sent them to customers after registration. For a short while, I had received free parts, at annual servicing. I was digging through a bunch of old crap, in storage, and came across a few of the these, buried among...
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    FOUND: FULL PONY BOTTLE AND REGULATOR -- 13 MAY 2020

    While being dive-bombed by a couple dozen sea lions -- who are currently enjoying a relatively diver-free, post-apocalyptic San Carlos Beach (aka "The Breakwater") -- I managed to find someone's full pony bottle, along with a nice regulator and integral first stage. It has a fresh, May 2020...
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    Vintage . . . o-rings, s'il vous plaît?

    I recently bought some old stock from a now-defunct dive shop, back east. Most everything was absolutely fine; but there was this one gem, that I'll just keep for kicks. Take notice of the date . . .
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    Buyer Beware . . .

    A long-time client recently sent me one of his regulators, along with the complaint that the breathing seemed somehow "wonky." He had an offer -- an actual paper coupon -- from his local dive shop, Back East, to do his annual rebuild, for a price I simply could not match, not even for parts; and...
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    Regulator Lifespan . . .

    I was told, years ago, by a tech, that the typical regulator, regardless of its price, only sees servicing about five times during the course of its life, before it is eventually shelved and replaced. How frequently do you have gear serviced or replaced; and how long have held onto any given...
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