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#1 arielmanuelsalati

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 06:52 PM

Hi guys
i have a 3a Arm and i would like to review it.
Some body know the email of Robert Luna to ask him?
or is it possible in Europe to somebody?

Thank you
Ariel Salati
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#2 Fabrizio Sciarra SOC ACO

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 04:06 AM

In UK, Tiffen.
There are also other engineers that can service the arm, like Brian Busby.
You may find saving a lot with shipping
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Posted 23 July 2010 - 07:44 AM

In UK, Tiffen.
There are also other engineers that can service the arm, like Brian Busby.
You may find saving a lot with shipping






Thank you Fabrizio
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#4 Remi Tournois / SOC

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:14 PM

Hi guys
i have a 3a Arm and i would like to review it.
Some body know the email of Robert Luna to ask him?
or is it possible in Europe to somebody?

Thank you
Ariel Salati
www.arielsalati.com



You can reach Robert Luna at
rluna56@earthlink.net
He is still servicing arms and a very nice person to deal with.
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#5 arielmanuelsalati

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 01:27 PM

Hi guys
i have a 3a Arm and i would like to review it.
Some body know the email of Robert Luna to ask him?
or is it possible in Europe to somebody?

Thank you
Ariel Salati
www.arielsalati.com



You can reach Robert Luna at
rluna56@earthlink.net
He is still servicing arms and a very nice person to deal with.






thank you Remi
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#6 Russell McElhatton

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 03:15 AM

If price of shipping and service is not an issue (euro vs dollar would work in your favor) send it to Robert and be done with it. Ask for all of his mods. There is no finer service available for your arm. My 3A arm has been with me all of my career and I still use it in confined spaces and on Griptrix, side hack, insert car, and the desert when I want to keep the PRO arm clean. Mine goes to Robert at the Christmas break for complete overhaul. $1400 if I remember correctly. BTW contact Erwin Landau in your part of the world for the last word in Steadicam everything! PM if you need help with the Stateside aspect of this.
Regards,
Russ
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#7 Janice Arthur

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 10:17 AM

. . .the desert when I want to keep the PRO arm clean. Mine goes to Robert at the Christmas break for complete overhaul. $1400 if I remember correctly.


Russ;

Just wondering a detail, aren't the PRO arm canisters sealed against dirt, sand etc?

I would love to have one and cringe every time I have to take my 3A arms to the beach because they are so exposed.

I like Robert's service, it is really good and only use him..
(Maybe it might save you an annual cleaning?)

Wondering your logic.

JA
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#8 Russell McElhatton

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 01:43 PM

Janice,
Pro arm canisters are sealed and pretty bulletproof but there are all manner of places where dirt can creep in and foul bearings and lubricants on the chassis. I have no doubt that the PRO arm would keep working in nasty conditions but see no reason to subject it to such conditions when I have the option. As for hard mounting on vehicles, using the 3A arm allows me to switch back and forth easily without having to readjust the rod ends on the male socket block and arm preload every time. There is also some risk to fast hard mount work and bottoming out the arm could lead to failure (George says they have never had a chassis failure). The 3A arm is quite a bit smaller that the
PRO arm as both sets of bones are shorter and when working in tight doorways, narrow hallways, catwalks (The Queen Mary engine room recently) etc. I find it very handy.

Russ

Janice PM me if you are still making those camera screws.
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#9 Janice Arthur

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 10:01 AM

Russ;

This is just under the heading of a good debate.

I knew all of your logic on using the 3A arm, tight spaces; its can take a beating; setting it up ahead; and its less of a worry etc.

I was just posing the question of a complete overhaul for an arm that is really only used two weeks a year and in dirty situations maybe less than couple of days.

Even in sand, unless I drop it in the sand (God forbid) and its wasn't a windy day not much really gets into the mechanical parts. It might be dusty on the parts but not a harm to its function.

We don't need to continue this discussion just because I think we've exhausted it but just a thought at an arm that doesn't get much really horrible dirt and the cost of its maintenance.

No worries.

Thanks. Have a good week.

JA


(Have screws will PM.)
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