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#1 Loïc LEGROS

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 06:06 PM

Hi everybody !!!

I'm a french operator and I think to buy my personnal vest. But I don't know the best between DSD and Walter Klassen vest (what is the Low profile arm ? and the Low -mode arm ? > I don't understand the diferences !) Could you help me to choose whith your experience and commentaries ... but don't forget : I'm french and (you could see !) not very good in english (I'm sorry) so explain to me whith simple words or if it's possible in french :P !!!

THANK you

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards

Loïc :ph34r:
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#2 Matias Mesa

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 07:15 PM

Ok here are the differences

The low profile arm is the new style arm that goes around the harness and due to Its "low profile" its more contoured to the harness body making the harness smaller for fiting throught doorways, etc. The older style, the one I have, has more of a 90 degree angle, arround the harness. The low mode arm is shaped is a Z style so it curves arround and down. This will give you a couple more inches down for low mode operation. I don't know about DSD harness but walter's service is compared to none in the steadicam business. They really stand behing their product. I repeat, I don't know about Daniel's product but Walter's is a sure bet, you can't loose.

Best to all.

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#3 Kareem La Vaullee

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 10:05 PM

Hi Loïc,

I don't know if we already met but if you want me to give you some in-depth explanations about back-mounted vests it would be a pleasure, I still don't own one but I had a demo WK harness for almost 4 months and I am seriously considering buying one very soon...

Now in french :

Salut Loïc,

Je ne sais pas si nous nous sommes déjà rencontrés mais si tu veux que je te donne des explications, en profondeur, à propos des vestes dorsales ce serait avec plaisir, Je n'en possède pas encore mais j'ai testé un harnais de demo de chez WK pendant environ 4 mois et je pense sérieusement m'en équiper très bientôt...


- By the way Matias' explanation was pretty clear

Friendly Yours / Amicalement,

Kareem La Vaullée
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#4 Loïc LEGROS

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 04:32 AM

MERCI a tous pour vos réponses ! Thank's alll !!!
Thank's Matias for your explanation very complete and very clear !!!


Salut KAreem !

Oui nous nous connaissons, enfin je te connais ... c toi qui m'a fait porter mon premier Stead au Satis il y a maintenant quelques années ... :rolleyes: depuis je ne le quitte plus ... lol ...
Pour en revenir au harnais, une question me brule les lèvres : faut il respecter une "certaine" régularité dans sa corpulance pour ce type de harnais > je m'explique ! de par le fait que ceux ci sont fait sur mesure, sont ils suffisamment réglables pour s'agrandir ou se rétrécir un peu sans que cela ne devienne une contrainte ? je te pose cette question car en 4 mois j'imagine que tu as pu le décortiquer dans tous les sens ...
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#5 benedictspence

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 12:14 PM

Just recieved my Klassen Universal today... thanks to MK-V for sorting it out!

Just wanted to add a note to this thread that Klassen Studios have been very very helpful; kept right on top of the order and kept me well informed through the entire process. Beautifully packed and presented vest; great instructions and a wonderful leather smell now permiating my flat! Can't wait till thurs when I get to properly put it through it paces!

Can't say I know much about DSD but Klassen are top notch!

Thanks to all at Klassen (esp. Jennifer)!

Ben Spence
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#6 Markus Rave

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 04:24 AM

The best step you made is towards a back mounted harness. I myself own a Klassen harness and bought that because I once met Walter on a workshop and personally liked him a lot and was stunned by the craftsmanship he put into his products. (NOT!! forgetting his wife Jennifer who helped in any possible way.) I mean, who would have a bag made out of italian leather just as an arm bag not being an enthusiast appreciating and honoring his own work? I have made very good eyperience with Walter´s harness and am happy because he modified the vest towards my needs. The way to find out is talk to both of them and make a personal decision. I cannot say anything about Daniel Sauvé´s vest since I have not tried one. But a Klassen harness is definetely a good buy.
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#7 Daniel Stilling DFF

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 03:50 PM

I can only second here what is beeing said about Klassen harness.
I got one not too long ago, before starting on "Wildfire", and it is by far the best investment I have done gearwise.
I had several questions after I got it and they were answered promptly, and Walter deals with you as you were his only client, extreme costumer service.
Do yourself a favor and get one of those!!!!

Daniel
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#8 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 02:15 PM

Walter (and all the people at Klassen, FX) are top notch. I feel the need to point out that Jennifer is Walter?s daughter ? not wife though. In fact, she is now a newlywed, so I?d like to offer up my congratulations. I?ve seen the wedding pictures and what a lovely bride she is. Walter cleans up remarkably well too (just dashing in a Tux). I spent a weekend in Toronto recently and Walter really is a great host. I was having a small problem with a bruised hip (just not enough fat on me) after long days in the rig, so while in the neighborhood I brought my harness by. A little brainstorming between Walter, and Kornel led to the opposite approach we had been taking. Instead of adding pads to the sensitive area, we went the other direction and cut it out to alleviate the pressure. So far, so good (first day of shooting there was too much pressure on my stomach ? like having a medicine ball thrown into me ? so I split the difference by removing one thin belly pad).

A class act indeed.
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#9 Markus Rave

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 05:08 PM

Jennifer, if you read this: I apologize for wedding you to your father :o Sorry about the mistake and my congrats to your "real" wedding.
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#10 WalterKlassen

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Posted 10 September 2005 - 11:10 AM

Hi Markus,

no problems at all... you're definitely not the first one to make that assumption :) about a year ago Roger Tooley even asked me how long Walter and I had been married :lol:


thanks again everyone for your positive feedback

Jennifer (Klassen) Platz- a very happy newlywed
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 12:49 PM

  I was having  a small problem with a bruised hip (just not enough fat on me) after long days in the rig, so while in the neighborhood I brought my harness by.  A little brainstorming between Walter, and Kornel led to the opposite approach we had been taking.  Instead of adding pads to the sensitive area, we went the other direction and cut it out to alleviate the pressure.  So far, so good (first day of shooting there was too much pressure on my stomach ? like having a medicine ball thrown into me ? so I split the difference by removing one thin belly pad).

A class act indeed.

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Klassen FX is definitely a Klass act. I also have had the same problem with the bruised hip as Alec has. Both Walter and Kornel have been extremely helpful. Walter not only gave me several different foam padding configuratrions but he has also loaned me a harness with the double ratchets for over 2 months now to see if it would help alleviate the pressure. I too like Alec need more fat!

His customer service is the best, and its great that he lives only 7 minutes from me! Most of us Canadians have to send gear to the States to get it serviced/repaired so its nice to have some one like Walter so close to adjust something as important as the harness. Much thanks Walter (and Kornel, Jennifer, Taku and everybody working there).
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