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Terry Sills
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Weymouth,Dorset,England
Registered: Oct 2012


 - posted July 21, 2018 12:15 PM      Profile for Terry Sills   Email Terry Sills   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Recently I was experiencing an annoying intermittent fault. When projecting film the lower loop would keep expanding until it interfered with the bottom sprocket and caused film damage. I would stop and relace and it would run fine for a while, but then do the same. The bottom sprocket was working fine and I could not work out why, until I noticed that the sound drum was not turning. On investigation I found that the flywheel was almost seized. A few drops of oil on the bearings and problem resolved.
My Hollywood projector now working as beautifully as ever. My favourite because it is so quiet in operation, easy to lace/unlace, lovely valve amp, nylon pressure plate and large sprockets, so, kind to film and such an iconic looking
Projector.
This fault is not confined to RCA's of course, so I hope that this post will help to identify this fault for other 16mm projector owners.

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Keith Wilson
Expert Film Handler

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From: England
Registered: Jun 2015


 - posted July 22, 2018 01:18 PM      Profile for Keith Wilson   Email Keith Wilson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I like these old RCA projectors too, and thanks for the parts you supplied it was saved from the tip,
see my 1958 Hollywood Star running with some old magnetic full coat with 1930's music .

https://youtu.be/lBXX_AkvW2U

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Terry Sills
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From: Weymouth,Dorset,England
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 - posted July 23, 2018 01:27 AM      Profile for Terry Sills   Email Terry Sills   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Keith
You are experiencing wow and flutter with that magnetic full coat playing. It may be just a poor recording. How does it perform with an optical film track? Also the projector itself seems noisy compared to mine and I have the exact same model. Is it adequately lubricated, and do you have the correct loop formation. I find that this makes a big difference. When mine is running virtually all you can hear is the fan it is so quiet. That is why I like it so much.

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Keith Wilson
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From: England
Registered: Jun 2015


 - posted July 23, 2018 04:21 AM      Profile for Keith Wilson   Email Keith Wilson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
yes your right on with the wow and flutter, the full coat tape it's playing is very thin and has shrunk over the years and won't play on any other projector that I have except my old Elmo . it does runs very quite i only have the sound just on

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