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#1 JamieSilverstein

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 10:16 AM

If any of you don't know, I am not a big fan of PRO. It has to do with them not wanting to sell me a PRO 2 post to battery stage connector because I was not buying their battery stage. I was greatly angered and hurt by their refusal, and made my displeasure known on the forum. I believe we all should be able to be open and honest about the whos whats and wheres in the industry
However, the other day Alec Jarnagin came over to the house and showed me his new PRO 3 Donkey Box, and I must admit, and I never thought that I would be saying anything nice about PRO, it is wonderfully designed and a pretty great advancement from the DBOX 2 .
There I said it and my skin didn't instantly burn of my body. Whew!
Now the cost.......... Well when Alec and I discussed the cost of the new DBOX (somewhere north of 4G's) and the difference between the cost of the new and the old, I think that we agreed that there was plenty different, innovative, and benificial in the new DBOX to justify the cost differential.
So the moral of this story is that one should never say never, that even though I am still without the post clamp for my bottom stage (I use a different one), I can and readily admit that the guys at Paddock came out with a really good piece of equipment. One that if the financial moment arose and the PRO people would sell it to me, given our history, I would go out and buy.
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#2 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 04:38 PM

Hi Jamie,

Does the D-Box 3 mount to the post via 4 screws like a 3A topstage or does it need the Pro style upper junction box? i.e could i mount it on my MK-V rig?:)
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#3 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 12:40 AM

Does the D-Box 3 mount to the post via 4 screws like a 3A topstage or does it need the Pro style upper junction box? i.e could i mount it on my MK-V rig?:)

It has the same four mounting screws as the 3a. Two sets, actually, so you can mount it farther back if using Anamorphic lenses, etc.

It is indeed an evolutionary step. One that I had convinced myself I didn't need, but as I beefed up my rig, and looked at the other options out there, I kept coming back to. Very nice piece of gear.
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#4 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 04:12 AM

Thanks Alec. Are you using the Pro plates with it or have you adopted Erwins old trick of using XCS plates with the DBox3?
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#5 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 10:01 AM

Stephen,

Both kinds of plates work well with it. Having a longer footprint, makes the thicker plate less necessary as more of the plate is cradled, but I have to say that I'm rather taken with the rigidity of the XCS plates.
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#6 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 14 May 2004 - 08:06 AM

Thanks Alec. Are you using the Pro plates with it or have you adopted Erwins old trick of using XCS plates with the DBox3?

Using the XCS plates is NOT Erwin's old trick!

It was being used by others prior to Erwin giving it a shot.
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#7 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 14 May 2004 - 08:36 AM

oops! Sorry.
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#8 Erwin Landau

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Posted 17 May 2004 - 08:59 PM

Using the XCS plates is NOT Erwin's old trick!
It was being used by others prior to Erwin giving it a shot.



Using the XCS plates on other then the Ultimate was not my idea. Some Masters owners were first...

Using the fat XCS plates on the Donkey Box 3 WAS my idea, after being the first to ever use the 435 and the "new" (with IVS) Panaflex LW2 in low mode with my D-Box 3 (S#009). With the well known results...
If you own a shiny grey XCS plate, than that is the direct result from the machining to my plates, after measuring and testing over 50 PRO Donkey Boxes for fit...

BTW: I have 2 (black) XCS plates for sale, it turned out that after the extensive machining they will fit a Donkey Box but slide on the Ultimate...


Erwin"keeping the story straight" Landau, SOC
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#9 Guido Lux

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 03:52 PM

Hi Erwin!
Are these the plates with the rods inside?Then I want one!!

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Hey Steven!
I had Howard put the Chrosziel topstage on my Nexus and I have to say it's wonderful!
It's perfect for mounting the D-box on it cuz it has two rods coming out front!Very convenient!
Have you checked it out yet?If you want to see it, I can mail you some photos!

Guido Lux
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#10 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 04:44 PM

Hi Guido,

I actually had an older style chrosziel topstage on my Evolution but when i changed over to the Nexus i went with the DB3 and XCS Plates - which has proved a great investment time and time again. Id still love to see your set up though - post a photo for all to see. Are you using your AR on the chrosiel topstage as well?
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#11 Guido Lux

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 05:16 PM

Stephen!

I do use my AR on the Chrosziel stage!!I hope you can see enough on the photo?!I can take acloser one tomorrow!
I bet the DB3 is great! I just really liked the front rods!!

Guido

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#12 Gustavo Penna

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 12:38 AM

Cool Guido! i would love. and i need to see some extreeme close up pictures of your stage. i think this is the way to go.



Stephen!

I do use my AR on the Chrosziel stage!!I hope you can see enough on the photo?!I can take acloser one tomorrow!
I bet the DB3 is great! I just really liked the front rods!!

Guido


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#13 Guido Lux

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:26 PM

Hey Gustavo!

Tomorrow for sure...I'll be doing a demo with the handsfree tomorrow and I'll take the closeups for you!!
Promise!

Guido
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#14 Juan M.Ramos SOC

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 12:10 PM

Hi!!!! guys

I have one PRO DB3 and I´m noit really happy with this if some is interested send me an offer.
Best Regards.
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#15 Erwin Landau

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 12:33 PM

Hi Juan,

What's wrong with the Donkey Box 3?
What don't you like?
What are the problems?

Also if that is/turns into a for sale post move it to the for sale section.

Thank you,

Erwin
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