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Greg Polutanovich
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From: Simi Valley, CA, USA
Registered: Oct 2018

 - posted October 16, 2018 10:56 AM      Profile for Greg Polutanovich   Email Greg Polutanovich   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hello..I am new to the film collecting world.I have a Sankyo 500 super 8 mm and the sound is abit high,like the voices..What can I do to adjust this..I also have an Elmo st 600 with a sound problem.as its crackling..and the rewind is slow and stops and have to finish it by hand ,onto the original reel..Can anyone help..thanks!!

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Jim Schrader
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From: Savage, MN, USA
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted October 18, 2018 08:37 AM      Profile for Jim Schrader   Author's Homepage   Email Jim Schrader   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Greg your in luck there is an Elmo repair place right in California http://www.elmorepair.com/

jim schrader
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Steve Klare
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From: Long Island, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted October 18, 2018 09:13 AM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
From what I am seeing the Sankyo 500 has an electronically regulated DC motor. This usually means there is a printed circuit board inside with two potentiometers on it, one for 18 FPS and one for 24.

The trick is knowing that they are the right ones and also which one is which. (I don't own one of these machines: I dunno!)

These can be interesting to adjust. The ones I've done have a pretty substantial lag in the speed: you adjust the speed to where it seems right and stop, but the speed keeps changing. You were too fast, but now you are too slow! If you aren't patient you can chase the speed all over the map: just do small adjustments, let it settle, do another smaller one and let it settle again.

The Elmo sounds like a bad internal connection or even worse a component in the sound circuit that's starting to fail. (It never hurts to try working the switches and jacks with the power off.)

The rewind can be either of two things. There is an adjustable clutch on the front spindle that may be giving up too easily. Also, there is this interesting mechanism on the rear spindle that's supposed to allow the long drive belt to disengage during rewind. If the belt is still moving during rewind, the extra drag can overwhelm the clutch on the front spindle.

This can become messed-up when you replace the belt: I know because I've messed it up a couple of times!

All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...

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