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Dominique De Bast
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From: Brussels, Belgium
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 - posted November 10, 2017 02:52 AM      Profile for Dominique De Bast   Email Dominique De Bast   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
What is it ? https://www.ebay.fr/itm/Projecteur-Super-Pathe-Baby-9-5-mm/272919011857?hash=item3f8b3da211:g:36UAAOSw1QpaAX16


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Chris Bird
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From: Kingston upon Thames, UK
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 - posted November 10, 2017 12:29 PM      Profile for Chris Bird   Email Chris Bird   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Dominique, it looks like a homemade modification to provide a brighter light. A one-off in my opinion, possibly adapted from a small magic lantern. No doubt the brighter lamp would play havoc with the notched frames! A nice unusual find.

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Dominique De Bast
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 - posted November 10, 2017 01:40 PM      Profile for Dominique De Bast   Email Dominique De Bast   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thank you for your answer, Chris. The seller says he didn't test the projector because he has no 220 to 110 v convertor so he probably doesn't know anything about what he's selling.


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Clinton Hunt
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From: Waharoa,North Island,New Zealand
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That's a nice find,great idea too as we all know the light output for the early projectors in dim.
Someone very clever thought about it and adapted it ... I like it [Smile]

Cheers from me in New Zealand :-)

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Maurice Leakey
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 - posted November 11, 2017 04:18 AM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
As Chris says, the lamp conversion could play havoc with notched films, unless the new lamp is of a similar wattage to the original lamps. These started life as 12volt 6watt, then 20volt 10watt, and lastly, the type D lamp which was 20volt 20watt.
However, whilst the last mentioned was a substantial improvement in light output the increased heat damaged the notched titles.


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Terry Sills
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Looking forward to the day when there are suitable LED's for these old projectors.
Cold light with an output of the equivalent of 100w or even 50w. Surely it can only be just around the corner?

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Ken Finch
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From: Herne Bay, Kent. U.K.
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 - posted November 16, 2017 11:28 AM      Profile for Ken Finch   Email Ken Finch   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I agree with Maurice. Notch titles would blister with the increased heat from the modified lamp output. Yes Terry, an LED is the way to go. I am sure it will not be long, the rate they are improving.
As mentioned in the forum many times, in the meantime a 12 volt 10 watt Halogen is the most suitable substitute for the original. Ken Finch.

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