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#1 Gordon Li-Ron

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 03:17 AM

Hello,

My name is Gordon Liron. I took the workshop last may in Exton (Hello to all from that class). After the workshop, I had to put steadicam on hold because I had some health problems and had to go in for surgery. To make things better, my bills were pretty high?even with insurance (HMO sons of bitches). I recovered quickly and I am still in good health today. I finally am in a position to get a rig and get back on track. I'm getting a Model 3A and it will need some major upgrades but it will let me get out there and practice without a big loan hanging over my head and I can always upgrade it as I get better and when hopefully getting paid right. I?m pretty excited to finally get a rig but I am still a bit unexperienced but I do know what the rig needs?.I just don?t where to get them. I was really looking to explore all my options before purchasing. Thanks guys.

This 3A will eventually need the following upgrades and I was wondering where i should go to get them.

Upgrades:

Arm - I was planning on rig engineering (possibly silver springs or at least gold springs)
Vest - So far I have been told Peter Abraham is the man for that (peter is the man! hey peter!
electronics - I need to modify to 24v.
Practice cage - where can I get or buy?
Posts ? I have a standard 3A post. I heard the part is not so available.

Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks everybody!

P.S. I was also wondering about who is good for financing?

Gordon
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#2 Nacho Minguez

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 03:35 AM

Gordon,

if you need to upgrade your III arm, I´d go directly to Rig Engineering Australia. The gold springs are heavy duty but the Silver Springs support more weight and has a wider weight range. The work they do is excellent. Talk with Dean Merlo for details at: admin@steadyrig.com

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#3 mattmarek

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 03:02 PM

as for the upgrades you've mentioned,
what's wrong with the standard 3a post? is the model you are looking at damaged? if not, why do you think you'd need the upgrade? as for 24 v, you can probably do without for the first while. if you're really at the beginner stage, it is unlikely you'd be getting out there on an arri 435,535, moviceam or panavision kit. sr3, just use onboards, hd use onboards and pretty much the rest you can get by on 12v. so maybe do without that expense for now.
look for 3a vest. they're pretty comfortable and can be had at a nice price.

go to a steel yard or some factory that deals with large chunks. have them cut you a small piece (15lbs or so) then go to a friend with a drill and tap some threads in her. may cost you 10 bucks and a couple hours.

depending on the market you'll be working, you may/may not need the expense of a remote follow focus unit. bartech engineering is the place to get sorted in that area.

and remember, the upgrades never end. decide what you absolutely need. make a priority list and go from there.
cheers
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#4 Gordon Li-Ron

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 06:55 PM

Gordon,

if you need to upgrade your III arm, I´d go directly to Rig Engineering Australia. The gold springs are heavy duty but the Silver Springs support more weight and has a wider weight range. The work they do is excellent. Talk with Dean Merlo for details at: admin@steadyrig.com

Best
Nacho Minguez

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Hey Nacho. Thanks for the tip. I have been seriously considering them and I have yet to hear anything bad about them. Unless someone convinces me not to, I will be getting a silver spring arm. Thanks.

Gordon


as for the upgrades you've mentioned,
what's wrong with the standard 3a post? is the model you are looking at damaged? if not, why do you think you'd need the upgrade? as for 24 v, you can probably do without for the first while. if you're really at the beginner stage, it is unlikely you'd be getting out there on an arri 435,535, moviceam or panavision kit. sr3, just use onboards, hd use onboards and pretty much the rest you can get by on 12v. so maybe do without that expense for now.
look for 3a vest. they're pretty comfortable and can be had at a nice price.

go to a steel yard or some factory that deals with large chunks. have them cut you a small piece (15lbs or so) then go to a friend with a drill and tap some threads in her. may cost you 10 bucks and a couple hours.

depending on the market you'll be working, you may/may not need the expense of a remote follow focus unit. bartech engineering is the place to get sorted in that area.

and remember, the upgrades never end. decide what you absolutely need. make a priority list and go from there.
cheers



Hey Matt,


Thanks for the reply. The rig I am looking at is working. The post is in good condition. The only problem is that it is non-telescoping. Not the biggest deal for me right now...I just want to practice, but eventually,it will be an upgrade...not the first upgrade though. I first plan on fixing the vest. It needs new velcrow and I want to replace the straps with something that is similar to the ultra straps. I heard you can buy them for $25. My next upgrade will be the arm. I'm not sure how i should prioritize the rest of the upgrades i want. I guess I'll have to figure it out once I begin my journey. thanks again for the help Matt.


Gordon
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