From: 40 Frames (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Oct 16 2006 - 16:38:17 PDT
> One more question: Found this bit of info in the archives. Any thoughts?
> "I know a guy here in Portland who loves fixing old Ampro and RCA machines
> and does a really good job. These machines make the more modern plastic,
> module slot loaders look disgraceful.
> --Alain LeTourneau"
The operative word is "look" disgraceful. However, the RCA 400 projectors
are very good with spliced film....though the reel arms stick out in the
front of the machine instead of on top, so it must sit on a stand or the
edge of a table.
The Ampro guy is still around, but I don't know that I'd recommend buying
one unless you want to resurrect an old machine.
Depending on your use, I'd have to concur with Jeff...get a new Eiki.
Parts are still available, and people are still around to service them. If
you get one off eBay I recommend sending it off to be serviced, an
overhaul will run you about $125-150 and shipping another $100 (both
ways). So, add that to the cost of the projector.
Think of it this way, the Eikis, once serviced, were made to run 1 million
feet (that's about 312 ninety minute films) before requiring service. New,
the SSL-0 retailed for about $2000. So, to pay around $300 (eBay/shipping,
service/shipping) for a machine that will run 1 million feet is cheaper
now than it was 20 years ago.
If you're running lots of spliced film try getting a Pageant 126 or 250S.
FYI - I may be selling some Eikis down the road here...
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