Re: Super 8 projector - easy fix?

From: Tony Conrad (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Feb 20 2010 - 10:46:46 PST

My personal fave, and there are TWO on ebay right now, is the
Kodak Ektasound 245 (I treasure mine). Of course the "toaster" Bolex 18-5 is the
best (most incredibly SENSUAL, esp. @ 5fps) for projection (to an audience),
but the
Kodak Ektasound 245 BABIES your film, and access to the film is so easy and
immediate that I've used the
Kodak Ektasound 245 as an editing machine. The layout and everything about the
Kodak Ektasound 245 is weird, but it has sound, is lightweight, and doesn't seem
to break down.


On Sat 02/20/10 9:38 AM , David Woods email suppressed sent:
> Well! You addressed your call for help to "NYC Frameworkers", and
> my sojourn in said fair city in the late 60's perhaps qualifies me in
> this reply from afar.
> There are few easy fixes in this life (I'm inclined to think) but
> your excellent and concise description would indicate to me, NOT
> KNOWING THIS particular model, and indeed refusing to ever work with
> Super 8mm from its inception to its tenuous continuance (preferring
> the ability of 8mm to be precisely reversed to a frame-accurate
> position, this for various nefarious transgressive purposes-when
> compared with dominant practice - my inclinations however being
> rather thwarted by the manufacturers of this particular guage of
> stock). Nevertheless, I would suggest you do your friend / loaner /
> whoever a favour, and yourself, get a Phillips or appropriate small
> screwdriver, remove "the BACK / cover" and locate the UPPER FORWARD
> DRIVE RUBBER or METAL BELT. The fact that this machine runs OK in
> reverse would seem to indicate that the FORWARD operation is
> sabotaged by, either:
> 1. Slippage due to excessive grease-splatter at the motor or
> at the sprocketted-wheel end - thus denying sustained friction
> traction
> 2. Or
> 3. Upper DRIVE BEARING seizure through DRYING-OUT - which
> might explain the friction NOISE and the halting. A spot of oil or
> other lubricant and appropriate manual rotation to allow penetration,
> could solve this problem, at least for a while
> 4. Or
> 5. Other physical manifestations beyond my imaginings
> 6.
> Removing the cover and switching the machine ON (while ensuring you
> are SAFELY REMOVED from electrical hazard!!!!) may allow you to VIEW
> the hidden phenomenon / a in those all too important but brief
> opening moments of this minor disaster movie, and thus establish the
> likely cause / cores.
> Good luck
> Cordially
> "THE" David Woods
> MD Holcus Ltd
> Hull
> UK
> FROM: Experimental Film Discussion List
> [mailto:email suppressed] ON BEHALF OF C Colvin
> SENT: 20 February 2010 04:07
> TO: email suppressed
> SUBJECT: Super 8 projector - easy fix?
> Dear NYC Frameworkers -
> The Super 8 projector I've got right now isn't consistently working.
> It's a Bell & Howell 346A. Here's a brief summary of the issue: The
> top gear which advances the film gives a slightly squeaking noise when
> starting. Within a few seconds it slows down to a complete stop.
> (i.e., when auto-loading it completely stops before the film is to
> the gate.) The bottom gear continues to spin in a regular speed.
> The top and bottom gear work correctly when in reverse position, with
> no slowing. It worked for one screening of a 3 minute short. (It's
> not my machine, so I'm a little cautious.)
> If this isn't an easy fix, I'm open to information on someone
> trustworthy who can do repairs.
> Best!
> Connie Colvin
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