Vintage Double Hose

New Double Hose Regulator

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Quick Pitch

The Argonaut Kraken is the evolution of the double hose regulator for todays diver. Developed by Vintage Double Hose over a two year period it is the perfect merger of modern convenience classic styling and stellar performance. 


The Argonaut Kraken comes outfitted with
Satin chrome body, yoke and screw 
Lightweight composite cans with stainless steel epoxy painted logo
Black silicone hoses with curved mouthpiece featuring a limited production 3 color enamel logo insert. 

During the fundraising campaign you can choose to outfit your new Argonaut Kraken with Black, Yellow , Gray or Green hoses. This will only be available as a free option during the promotion!

Click the link below for expanded information on the Argonaut Kraken

Technical Details Here

I expect to deliver all Argonaut Kraken regulators by June 2014

Purchases made during the campaign are Non Refundable. You may sell it or transfer it to someone else if you like but please understand there are no cash refunds.

I reserve the right to refuse participation in the campaign to individuals whom I have had previous negative dealings with and or who participate with the intent to defraud or purchase under false circumstances.Have questions about this? Click my E-mail address to inquire. Bryan@vintagedoublehose.com

 

Product/Service Details

  • For the last 10 years Vintage Double Hose has been providing parts and service for original double hose regulators while developing modern updates such as the Phoenix and Cyclone first stages and the HPR 2nd stage bringing vintage regulators into todays world of diving. 

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How We're Different

Double Hose Regulators are the first choice for underwater photographers/videographers, rebreather training and tactical simulation divers around the world.  The Argonaut Kraken is the 1st regulator specifically designed for the modern age to meet their strenuous demands. The Argonaut Kraken is in use by select members of these groups currently..  

Additional information dive testing reports and candid reviews are available in the Argonaut section of the Vintage Double Hose website discussion forum.

Click to visit the Argonaut section of the website forum 

Traction & Accomplishments

 Testing and refinement of the Argonaut Kraken have been ongoing for the last year with hundreds of dives made in various environments, depths and conditions. 

How will the money be spent ?

Tooling for the cans, yoke and screw have been purchased. Component pieces are finished and in stock ready for installation. 

The majority of the funds will got to the complex machining of the main regulator body and to purchase them in quantity. 

Another large block of the funds raised will go to buy the regulator cans in a production size order.  The mold and tooling are paid for but I need to get a large enough supply on hand to meet demands. 

What could go wrong?

Production delays are always possible.  VDH is a small company and cannot command specific dates for delivery with the manufacturer.  Don't plan your dive trip this summer around a specific date as I have no way to guarantee your regulator will be ready on a specific date.  If you need absolute certainty then this promotion is not for you and I strongly suggest you wait till the finished product is available for sale in the website store. Yes they will be a little cheaper but they won't have all the extras.

Quality control is key.  If parts do not meet my standards of quality then I will have them remade until they do.  My hopes are that this does not occur but it is always a possibility. 

Team

Luis Heros - Chief Engineer

 


My first actual job was at Divers Service Center in Puerto Rico. This was in 1971. I had been a certified diver for just a couple of months; and was 14 years old at the time. Before working at DSC I traded some stuff for some scuba gear. One piece of gear was a used Royal Aqua Master regulator (I still own that RAM). In the early 70’s everyone talked about the double hose regulators being the top choice, but I never actually saw anyone else diving one. I serviced a few for customers, but it seemed like they never came back to pick them up. I worked at DSC on an off during my summer breaks even during my college years. I have also worked on a few other dive shops. In 1980 I graduated from college with degrees in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Around 2004, I was living in Maine, enjoying winter sports and white water kayaking. I hadn’t been diving in years, but I had been thinking about it. Circumstances made me decide to get back into it. I had a lot of my old gear, but it needed service. I did a search on the internet and discovered that what I thought of as my old gear was now considered vintage and it was very desirable. Among my things, I still had my old round label Royal Aqua Master. It was missing its label, I didn’t have a duckbill, and I actually had converted it to an Aqua Master because the hard rubber seats of the 70’s were not as reliable as the Aqua Master seats. I found a vintage group and I ended up going to a gathering at Lake Wazee in Wisconsin, were I met Bryan and others. I bought from Bryan a RAM first stage body to convert my RAM back to its original configuration. During the transaction Bryan mentioned that he would love to have many more of the RAM bodies. The modern parts for the Conshelf (same as RAM) were very reliable and easily obtained. He mentioned that if we had more RAM bodies we could convert many DA Aqua Masters to good functioning regulators with easily available parts. After that conversation and the long desire to add HP ports to the RAM, I asked Bryan if he would like me to design what ended up being the Phoenix. The prototypes only had HP ports, but by moving some things around I was able to lay it out with the HP and LP ports. A number of years later I designed a second stage to convert the Voit Titan into a double hose regulator (which I called the Pegasus). Similar in principle to the Voit Trieste, but the details of the second stage took many more advantages from some other newer single hose second stages. From the Pegasus second stage evolved the HPR second stage to retrofit the Phoenix RAM, RAM or DA-AM type of regulator. All these parts (the HPR, the Phoenix design, etc) have come together and with the idea that we don’t want to continue cannibalizing vintage regulators, it was time to put it all together into a complete regulator (the Argonaut). The regulator combines well proven features from a number of regulators with a few totally new ideas. It follows the design philosophy of being backward-compatible with some of the parts of the well-established Phoenix RAM and RAM regulators, but it introduces a number of improvements.


Herman Mowrey - Problem Solver

 


Behind every project are people doing amazing things that make it succeed. Herman is the one on this project in spades! No matter what we asked of him the answer was always YES. He fixed, re-tooled, improvised and improved everything that was thrown at him. Many times I was beyond frustration and out of ideas.....Sent him countless E-mails rambling on and on about the problems I was having in my ADHD fashion.....A few days later he would reply with a solution and ask how many of them I wanted....Full time job, part time job at the dive shop and always had time to help on the project.The Argonaut would not be where it is today without his skill and patience.


Dive Testing Team

 


These brave souls took testing of the Argonaut Kraken from rough unproven prototype to streamlined production model. From tropical waters to the icy cold depths they provided invaluable input and feedback to the project. Herman Mowrey-- Allan Klauda-- Rob Studnicka-- Jim Bach-- Ron S-- James Williams


Support and Development

 


Everyone listed here helped me in ways great and small and I could not have done it without them. I'm very fortunate to have such great people to work with. The Dirty Dozen who believed in the project when it was still in brass......Clint Walker 3D Designs......Diamond Dave Ali.....Mark J Spencer.....William Baker Web Designs.....Wayne at Amigos Dive Center........Joe Henke.... Cathy......Kathy.....Morley....James S...Scuba Club Cozumel......Please accept my apologizes if I missed anyone.


Bryan Pennington - Owner VDH Worldwide/Vintage Double Hose

 


Thank you for taking time to review and consider the new Argonaut Kraken it has been a labor of love since the start and reflects the passion and dedication the team and I have for the history and future of double hose diving. If you have questions please send me an E-mail Bryan@vintagedoublehose.com


Pledge $50+

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 1

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development certificate uniquely designed with Kraken logo suitable for framing. Argonaut Kraken design outline drawings suitable for framing. Argonaut Kraken aluminum sport water bottle with logo. Final design may vary from picture

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Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 2

All of the above plus a custom Argonaut Kraken T-shirt in the size of your choice. Final design may vary from picture. And a discount code for a 10% savings on the Argonaut Kraken should you decide to purchase one in the future. I expect the Kraken to be in short supply so those supporters that have the code will be placed at the top of the list if supply runs out and a waiting list is necessary.

25BACKERS

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Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 3

Rewards 1 and 2, Plus an Argonaut Kraken Regulator with First Series letter of authenticity. Waiver required before shipping. Shipping by USPS Priority Mail, Insured and Signature Required.
Shipping outside of the US is not included and will be collected at time of shipping

12BACKERS

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Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 4

Rewards 1 and 2 PLUS an Argonaut Kraken regulator with your own personalized serial number. (restrictions apply) Waiver required before shipping. Shipping to US Address only. Signature required.
Regulators are unique one of a kind and cannot be easily replaced. Shipping to US addresses only with tracking and confirmation.

6BACKERS

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Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 5

Rewards 1 and 2 Plus a complete Argonaut Diving System. Kraken Double Hose Regulator with a new low profile safe 2nd stage, Highland Snap Link glass on brass pressure gauge. Miflex hoses. VDH backplate with custom red anodized finish with Argonaut Kraken logo custom engraved on it.(only 4 made) Full harness with all hardware, Your choice of Dive Rite 24lb travel wing or XS Scuba 30lb standard wing. Ready to dive right out of the box! Waiver required.
Shipping to US Addresses only with tracking and confirmation.

3BACKERS

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Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 6

Rewards 1 and 2.. Plus one new ready to dive Argonaut Kraken regulator with a serial number of your choice (restrictions apply) PLUS one of the prototype Argonaut Kraken regulators used for testing and evaluation in Cozumel 2013. Prototype will show signs of testing and has some unique markings that make it one of a kind. Regulator is fully functional and ready to dive if you choose. Both regulators come with a certificate of authenticity and a letter of providence for the prototype regulator giving it's unique history. Both regulators will be shipped in Pelican hard shell protective cases with custom engraved name plates. Waiver required before shipping.
Shipping to US Address only with Signature required. Sorry I wont' ship to overseas addresses as the prototype regulator cannot be replaced or duplicated if lost.

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Pledge $50+

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 1

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development certificate uniquely designed with Kraken logo suitable for framing. Argonaut Kraken design outline drawings suitable for framing. Argonaut Kraken aluminum sport water bottle with logo. Final design may vary from picture

1BACKER

Pledge $100+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 2

All of the above plus a custom Argonaut Kraken T-shirt in the size of your choice. Final design may vary from picture. And a discount code for a 10% savings on the Argonaut Kraken should you decide to purchase one in the future. I expect the Kraken to be in short supply so those supporters that have the code will be placed at the top of the list if supply runs out and a waiting list is necessary.

25BACKERS

Pledge $700+

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Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 3

Rewards 1 and 2, Plus an Argonaut Kraken Regulator with First Series letter of authenticity. Waiver required before shipping. Shipping by USPS Priority Mail, Insured and Signature Required.
Shipping outside of the US is not included and will be collected at time of shipping

12BACKERS

Pledge $1,000+

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Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 4

Rewards 1 and 2 PLUS an Argonaut Kraken regulator with your own personalized serial number. (restrictions apply) Waiver required before shipping. Shipping to US Address only. Signature required.
Regulators are unique one of a kind and cannot be easily replaced. Shipping to US addresses only with tracking and confirmation.

6BACKERS

Pledge $1,500+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 5

Rewards 1 and 2 Plus a complete Argonaut Diving System. Kraken Double Hose Regulator with a new low profile safe 2nd stage, Highland Snap Link glass on brass pressure gauge. Miflex hoses. VDH backplate with custom red anodized finish with Argonaut Kraken logo custom engraved on it.(only 4 made) Full harness with all hardware, Your choice of Dive Rite 24lb travel wing or XS Scuba 30lb standard wing. Ready to dive right out of the box! Waiver required.
Shipping to US Addresses only with tracking and confirmation.

3BACKERS

Pledge $2,500+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 6

Rewards 1 and 2.. Plus one new ready to dive Argonaut Kraken regulator with a serial number of your choice (restrictions apply) PLUS one of the prototype Argonaut Kraken regulators used for testing and evaluation in Cozumel 2013. Prototype will show signs of testing and has some unique markings that make it one of a kind. Regulator is fully functional and ready to dive if you choose. Both regulators come with a certificate of authenticity and a letter of providence for the prototype regulator giving it's unique history. Both regulators will be shipped in Pelican hard shell protective cases with custom engraved name plates. Waiver required before shipping.
Shipping to US Address only with Signature required. Sorry I wont' ship to overseas addresses as the prototype regulator cannot be replaced or duplicated if lost.

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Pledge $50+

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 1

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development certificate uniquely designed with Kraken logo suitable for framing. Argonaut Kraken design outline drawings suitable for framing. Argonaut Kraken aluminum sport water bottle with logo. Final design may vary from picture

1BACKER

Pledge $100+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 2

All of the above plus a custom Argonaut Kraken T-shirt in the size of your choice. Final design may vary from picture. And a discount code for a 10% savings on the Argonaut Kraken should you decide to purchase one in the future. I expect the Kraken to be in short supply so those supporters that have the code will be placed at the top of the list if supply runs out and a waiting list is necessary.

25BACKERS

Pledge $700+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 3

Rewards 1 and 2, Plus an Argonaut Kraken Regulator with First Series letter of authenticity. Waiver required before shipping. Shipping by USPS Priority Mail, Insured and Signature Required.
Shipping outside of the US is not included and will be collected at time of shipping

12BACKERS

Pledge $1,000+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 4

Rewards 1 and 2 PLUS an Argonaut Kraken regulator with your own personalized serial number. (restrictions apply) Waiver required before shipping. Shipping to US Address only. Signature required.
Regulators are unique one of a kind and cannot be easily replaced. Shipping to US addresses only with tracking and confirmation.

6BACKERS

Pledge $1,500+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 5

Rewards 1 and 2 Plus a complete Argonaut Diving System. Kraken Double Hose Regulator with a new low profile safe 2nd stage, Highland Snap Link glass on brass pressure gauge. Miflex hoses. VDH backplate with custom red anodized finish with Argonaut Kraken logo custom engraved on it.(only 4 made) Full harness with all hardware, Your choice of Dive Rite 24lb travel wing or XS Scuba 30lb standard wing. Ready to dive right out of the box! Waiver required.
Shipping to US Addresses only with tracking and confirmation.

3BACKERS

Pledge $2,500+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 6

Rewards 1 and 2.. Plus one new ready to dive Argonaut Kraken regulator with a serial number of your choice (restrictions apply) PLUS one of the prototype Argonaut Kraken regulators used for testing and evaluation in Cozumel 2013. Prototype will show signs of testing and has some unique markings that make it one of a kind. Regulator is fully functional and ready to dive if you choose. Both regulators come with a certificate of authenticity and a letter of providence for the prototype regulator giving it's unique history. Both regulators will be shipped in Pelican hard shell protective cases with custom engraved name plates. Waiver required before shipping.
Shipping to US Address only with Signature required. Sorry I wont' ship to overseas addresses as the prototype regulator cannot be replaced or duplicated if lost.

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Pledge $50+

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 1

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development certificate uniquely designed with Kraken logo suitable for framing. Argonaut Kraken design outline drawings suitable for framing. Argonaut Kraken aluminum sport water bottle with logo. Final design may vary from picture

1BACKER

Pledge $100+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 2

All of the above plus a custom Argonaut Kraken T-shirt in the size of your choice. Final design may vary from picture. And a discount code for a 10% savings on the Argonaut Kraken should you decide to purchase one in the future. I expect the Kraken to be in short supply so those supporters that have the code will be placed at the top of the list if supply runs out and a waiting list is necessary.

25BACKERS

Pledge $700+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 3

Rewards 1 and 2, Plus an Argonaut Kraken Regulator with First Series letter of authenticity. Waiver required before shipping. Shipping by USPS Priority Mail, Insured and Signature Required.
Shipping outside of the US is not included and will be collected at time of shipping

12BACKERS

Pledge $1,000+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 4

Rewards 1 and 2 PLUS an Argonaut Kraken regulator with your own personalized serial number. (restrictions apply) Waiver required before shipping. Shipping to US Address only. Signature required.
Regulators are unique one of a kind and cannot be easily replaced. Shipping to US addresses only with tracking and confirmation.

6BACKERS

Pledge $1,500+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 5

Rewards 1 and 2 Plus a complete Argonaut Diving System. Kraken Double Hose Regulator with a new low profile safe 2nd stage, Highland Snap Link glass on brass pressure gauge. Miflex hoses. VDH backplate with custom red anodized finish with Argonaut Kraken logo custom engraved on it.(only 4 made) Full harness with all hardware, Your choice of Dive Rite 24lb travel wing or XS Scuba 30lb standard wing. Ready to dive right out of the box! Waiver required.
Shipping to US Addresses only with tracking and confirmation.

3BACKERS

Pledge $2,500+

SOLD OUT!

Argonaut Kraken Support and Development level 6

Rewards 1 and 2.. Plus one new ready to dive Argonaut Kraken regulator with a serial number of your choice (restrictions apply) PLUS one of the prototype Argonaut Kraken regulators used for testing and evaluation in Cozumel 2013. Prototype will show signs of testing and has some unique markings that make it one of a kind. Regulator is fully functional and ready to dive if you choose. Both regulators come with a certificate of authenticity and a letter of providence for the prototype regulator giving it's unique history. Both regulators will be shipped in Pelican hard shell protective cases with custom engraved name plates. Waiver required before shipping.
Shipping to US Address only with Signature required. Sorry I wont' ship to overseas addresses as the prototype regulator cannot be replaced or duplicated if lost.

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