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Klassen Vest with Master Arm?Is there problems?


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#1 Beau Chaput

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 12:18 PM

Hi folks,

Scanned the forum for info on this topic, but couldn't find anything. I am considering replacing my master vest with a klassen back mount. A while back before I was considering I thought I had read about some potential problems with this combination. Any feedback I could get on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time. Regards, Beau Chaput
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#2 Richard James Lewis

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 12:56 PM

http://www.steadicam...?showtopic=2867

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#3 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 01:42 AM

Yes, we never actually came to any firm conclusions over this; in summary it seemed to be the differing angle and position of the arm in combination with the back mount compared with the front mount, i.e. socket block position, was causing the arm to lock up at the ends of the boom range. I'm sure it can be overcome, and I know that several guys use the Master arm with the Klassen vest and have no problems. Check the rubber bumper stops on your arm though to ensure they aren't over-worn.
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#4 Beau Chaput

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 12:39 PM

thanks fellas, sounds good, I will be posting on this topic after I get the vest and let yall know how it goes. Thanks for the information. ragards, Beau Chaput
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#5 Guido Lux

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 07:21 AM

I've been operating the Masterarm with the Klassenharness for almost 6 years and never had a problem!!
July this year during a live show one of the titanium springs snapped!Rob Luna did a wonderful job repairing the arm and also put new bearings in!Now it works better than ever before!! From what I've been told the spring would have snapped anyway (it was one of the early arms) no matter which vest I would have been using!!
So I think it's a great combination and I don't think you have to worry about anything!


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#6 Beau Chaput

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 08:37 AM

hey thanks for the input. sounds great. I look forward to getting that vest sooner than later. And Guido if you revisit this, how much am I looking at from Rob Luna to overhaul the master arm? Beau
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#7 Guido Lux

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 09:08 AM

Well, for my arm he charged appx.$6000 but he put a whole set of new springs and all new bearings in!My arm looks like new and works even better!It was worth the money!Especially because my insurance payed for it!!


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#8 paul magee

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 03:25 PM

Hey Beau,

Robert Luna did an Overhaul/Upgrade of my Master Series arm last June for $3774.65.
He gave me that price after going over my arm and discussing what he saw and what I wanted.
He has a set price list for different items but he can give you a more detailed quote based on his examination.
I had given him a three week time frame, the arm was back in ten days with all the original parts he replaced in a plastic bag and he was within $56 dollars of his original quote.
The work was first rate and I'm very happy with the arm's performance.
I think Robert is in that select group of Steadicam vendors who truly understands customer service.
You might be better served skipping this board and going straight to the source for your info.


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