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Master Series Top Stage Upgrade


Afton Grant
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Rather than make a new thread, I may as well dig up an old one. On my latest job my downconverter died on me at the last minute and I had to spend an hour or so looking into who had a HD-SDI to composite converter. Turns out everyone near me has HD sleds. I ended up driving an extra 100 miles each way to get it. So I bit the bullet and bought an hd-sdi monitor. The next step in this is to get rid of the FLG and DA boards I never use but have to run through so I can run HD down the post. I'm fine with the current topstage (for now) and I don't have the cash on hand to buy a Pro topstage, so Is it at all possible to replace the connectors and cabling with proper 75 ohm parts? do I even need to rerun the wires or can I just find the right molex to match the bottom of the sled and bypass the boards but leave the rest of the cabling? If I do end up recabling the post, any recommendations for what cable to get? If I do end up ripping the sled apart, I'll rewire the power cables so I can power the watt sucking cameras this rig was never designed for.

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Hi Afton! I know this post is over a decade old, but do you have any of those boxes still available? I have a Master Sled with the same slide in / thumb screw top stage you mentioned. I would LOVE to upgrade the top stage. If you still have one of those boxes, let me know what you might charge for it. justin.woo@gmail.com 

Thanks! 

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