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I couldn't agree more.One of the issues with buying used regs is that you really don't know how they have been cared for. I've seen "properly cared for, well rinsed" advertised regs come in for service that looked like they were dived a month in salt water and then shoved in a bag and left for months/years.
I have an old friend who is fond of "vintage" gear; and who has found a great deal of fantastic stuff at estate sales, over the years -- and also, plenty of sub-par crap, that desperately needed refurbishing, often after decades of storage.
He found a cache of late-sixties and early seventies regulators last year (ScubaPro and Poseidon, for the most part); and of the three rigs he wanted serviced, only a single first stage was even salvageable, due to the fact that all the others had all been cross-threaded to one extent or another; and that the owner or even the previous tech, had been ignorant of the fact that the thread sizes for many hoses back then, especially in European regulators, were often not compatible with US sizes.
They were rendered paperweights; though I was given a cache of usable old parts, for my troubles, and invited, as a watchdog, to future sales . . .