posted May 04, 2017 01:21 PM
Anyone seen anyone else really ruin good cine stuff by botched repairs caused by trying to save money. I saw a collector ruin a decent 16mm print when he emulsioned the rusty reels rather than replace them. The paint never dried but it ruined the sides of the film! Or the other guy who sprayed the whole of the insides of a decent Bauer projector to quieten it down rather than pay the £50 to have it fixed.
From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Registered: Apr 2016
posted May 04, 2017 03:53 PM
I don't have specific examples but some repairs are definitely the result of short term thinking. Since much of the equipment we use is now very old, we have some insight into what lasts and what doesn't.
So I do cringe a little bit when I see some modifications being made that will address a particular issue in the short term but in 10 years will cause more problems than they solve.
But for a lot of people 10 years is a long time for a piece of equipment and they don't worry about what may happen after that. When I make a repair, I try to make it keeping the next owner in mind.
From: Bristol. United Kingdom
Registered: Oct 2007
posted May 05, 2017 02:34 AM
Many 16mm Bell & Howell users think that replacing a cracked worm gear will be a simple task, but they end up with problems. Even if the worm change is successful they probably do not know that it is necessary to set the mechanism for correct auto-threading.
From: New York City, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003
posted May 05, 2017 07:16 AM
Slightly different but I worked at a video store and once saw a rental retuned that the customer said wouldn't play. They were right . The previous customer broke the tape and "fixed" it with a big thick piece of gaffers tape!