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Posted by Mark Kligerman (Member # 4354) on August 23, 2014, 09:15 PM:
Hi Everyone,

Can someone please recommend a good splicer for Super and Regular 8 sound films? I bought a few movies off of Ebay recently and some of the reels are a little rough (broken sprockets, torn film, etc.). Is there a preferred splicing tape for this format?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Posted by Raymond Glaser (Member # 1766) on August 23, 2014, 09:25 PM:
Hi Mark - I use a Kodak Presstape Universal splicer and it works fine for Standard 8mm or Super 8 - Also, they are fairly inexpensive - Check 'em out

Posted by Mark Kligerman (Member # 4354) on August 24, 2014, 09:15 AM:
Thank you very much Raymond. This is really helpful.

Posted by Vidar Olavesen (Member # 3354) on August 24, 2014, 09:29 AM:
Even 16mm :-)
Posted by Janice Glesser (Member # 2758) on August 24, 2014, 10:33 AM:
Mark, I have a Kodak Universal Splicer listed on Ebay. 49

Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on August 24, 2014, 11:17 AM:
I believe that the Kodak is the only tape splicer that handles Super 8, standard 8 and 16mm, however, if the film has magnetic stripe it does need a manual cut of the tape edge so that it does not obscure the stripe.

That's not to say that it is necessary, but if the tape is left over the sound track there will be a slight sound drop-out as it passes the magnetic head.

For an optical sound track it is not a problem.
Posted by Mark Kligerman (Member # 4354) on August 24, 2014, 12:13 PM:
Thanks for the heads-up Janice.

Maurice, if you have a moment, could you please elaborate on the editing advice you posted for sound film?

Thanks very much,
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on August 24, 2014, 12:25 PM:
I've presstaped over mag tracks many times without it causing anything awful through the speakers.

For one thing it wouldn't completely isolate the stripe from the head, just put a very thin layer in between, so the dropout should be partial.

For another even the partial dropout would be only about a quarter of a second anyway.

You throw in the fact that very often this occurs at the same time as an abrupt audio transition it's pretty hard for it to be a problem.
Posted by Roger Shunk (Member # 2836) on August 24, 2014, 12:38 PM:
I have the Kodak that Janice recommends and I highly recommend getting that one. [Smile] It rocks!
Posted by Janice Glesser (Member # 2758) on August 24, 2014, 01:00 PM:
Mark, I have an instructional video on YouTube on how to use the Kodak Presstape Splicer. If you fast forward to the end you will see how to apply to sound stripped film as Maurice mentioned.
Posted by Joe Balitzki (Member # 438) on August 24, 2014, 01:17 PM:
Years ago when Kodak manufactured their "Presstapes" for their splicer, it was necessary to cut off some of the edge to avoid covering the sound stripe. But its no longer necessary to do so as the splicing tape as been made just wide enough that it doesn't affect the sound. Beware of buying New Old Stock Presstapes because there were quality issues towards the end of manufacturing. When Kodak discontinued them Urbanski Film bought the rights to make them again and the quality problems were fixed. How can one tell if they are buying the New Presstapes? The New ones are in White paper and do not say Kodak at all; they only say "Presstape". While there are some perfectly good batches of New Old Stock Kodak manufactured Presstapes, if you buy a bad batch you will quickly realize it and go through numerous ones before you can make a good splice. Kodak had them manufactured for themselves and there were many Bad Batches the last few years before they were discontinued. And the quality issues were in every Format of Tapes.
Posted by Raymond Glaser (Member # 1766) on August 24, 2014, 01:31 PM:
Hi Mark - Janice has EXACTLY the one that I suggested to you - Buy it from her and you won't go wrong !!!

Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on August 25, 2014, 02:26 AM:
I assume your question to me has been answered. My comment was based on the Kodak instruction sheet, no doubt the Kodak splicer was introduced some years before magnetic sound tracks appeared.
However, thanks to Joe's comment, the trimming is now not necessary with the new white-packed tapes which do not state "Kodak".
Posted by Mark Kligerman (Member # 4354) on August 25, 2014, 03:50 PM:
Thanks again everyone for your very enlightening responses. I do appreciate it.


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