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#1 Gordon Li-Ron

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 12:34 AM

I am looking to replace my non-telescoping centerpost on my IIIA. I really don't know where to go to have it installed. I went to tiffen and they weren't sure if they could do it. I talked to Terry West about some mods I wanted to do and he said that he doesn't do too much machining. I know for electronics, Terry is the Man. I know for vests, Peter Abraham is the man. I know Fred davis can help me with my cable needs. Is there a Post Man out there. I was hoping some of you could chime in and help me with this little problem.

Also, any recomendations on who to buy a post from would be also be appreciated. I have a 15.5 non-telescoping post which is 1.5" in diameter. I have been looking at the Archer post which I think used to be a provid post. My only problem is that it only extends to 22" inches. 22" doesn't seem like that much of an improvement for the money. I would really like to find a post that can extend to at least 28" IS THAT UNREALISTIC?

I 've looked at GPI-PRO...Does anybody think its a waist to buy a post with electronics that I will be gutting?

Sorry for the lengthy Post. Thanks guys
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#2 Erwin Landau

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 02:19 AM

Hi Gordon,

The best upgrade for the 3A in the "old days" was to go to Bob DeRose and get his center post assembly. These days it's called the PRO post (2nd generation)... same thing as Bob's post... it's the old PRO post.

I think buying the brand new PRO post for $2450.- (post only no j-box) to put on a 3A is overkill. I would try and find an older PRO post as a lot of people are changing to the newest post, there are a couple showing up on the used market. (one was for sale on the SOA site a couple of days ago).

The advantage is that you get for about $1500.- a post and an underslung Junction Box.... and all 3A parts bolt right onto it. (XY stage has the same hole pattern as the Donkey Box).

Down point... you have to get new power cables. Which is not necessarily a bad thing...

Tom Gleason (818-489-9370) has done a couple of custom mods in the past.

Greg Bubb (XCS 805-531-0014) had some nice "junk" in his garage including older posts...

Also check Derrick Whitehouse (805-498-1658), he's been known to have a couple of jewels sitting in his show room from time to time...

All are local and in driving distance for you.

Good Luck,

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#3 Sean Jensen

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 10:38 AM


I think I have a post you can have. As far as I know, it is an original 3A extendable post. I'm away from home right now but will be back next week. I don't know how much it extends but can give you the info if you can wait a week or so. I'll have to find it in one of a thousand boxes in my basement. It's not in mint condition but might do until you find something pretty.


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#4 Fernando Quinones

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:03 PM

HI Gordon:

To add Also to the Good list that Erwin Made You can Also Contact Jerry Hill. HE is Great; An Also he was a 3A Owner. I was on your same situation some Time Ago, so HE can Help. You can E mail Him Or call Him his page is WWW.Steadimoves.com You can Find his phone NUmber Also.

What I did Was a MK-V post. This People Also make every modification you want.

Hope this helps also.

Fernando Quinones
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