[Frameworks] Some 16mm Flatbed Advice

From: Tim Halloran (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Sep 07 2010 - 19:13:37 PDT

So I finally got my hands on my own Magnasync/Moviola 16mm flatbed. I got it for free from a guy who said that it was working fine the last time he used it but that it had been stored in his garage for the last ten years. Well, it looks to be stable and in relatively decent shape, but as you can imagine, it is dusty filthy and who really knows what the working condition is.

I have to admit that I was hoping that I could just get to work on this thing but I don't think that is going to happen. I really need some advice on how to proceed--should I just get a manual and consider the restoration of this thing a long-term project? Just cleaning it up seems like it will be some effort but getting the mechanical and electronic workings correct might be beyond me.

Or should I try to track down somebody who is still working on these things to do a service/overhaul of it? Problem is, there seems to be very little even basic info circulating about flatbeds and less still about maintenance and service possibilities. Who does it--anybody have a connection or resource? I'm in Los Angeles but would consider hiring somebody to come out here.

Any experiences, contacts, or advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance.


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