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    Hi friends, I have 2 Bolex Paillard projectors that I can't tell the difference as they are both model M8. Can anyone tell me what makes them different? Year of production, country of production, .... Thanks Click image for larger version

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    I'm no expert on these but here's my take. The green unit is probably the older of the two, and I would assume set to 16 fps. The gray unit would probably be the newer machine, and set for 18 fps. Here's some more information from the Bolex page.

    ​​​​​​http://www.bolexcollector.com/projectors/m8r.html

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    • #3
      Shane, thank you very much. Perhaps the difference lies in what you point out. It seems strange to me that they have the same reference. I have seen the page you indicate before but you can see that it only talks about one of the models. Best regards and thank you very much for your interest

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      • #4
        I have found the information. The first one is from 1949 and the other one is from 1955 and is called M8R. A version of this one was made that allowed the films to be sound-tracked.

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        • #5
          The M-8 was for 110-120 volts.
          The M-8R was for 110-250 volts.

          Bolex Collector | Projectors | M-8R

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          • #6
            That's right, and both are 16fps

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            • #7
              From the Bolex website!

              In 1959, both models included a built-in stroboscope which allowed the projector to be adjusted to an exact speed of 18 frames per second.

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              • #8
                All M 8 have motor rheostats, can thus be set to speeds between around 12 and 25 fps. Younger models have a loop restorer and an incorporated stroboscope. A modification was offered for SEPMAG sound, consisting of a coupling knob en lieu of the usual inching knob at the front. A flexible cord attached there links to a rheostat box over which magnetic tape is run next to a reel-to-reel recorder. An other device, made by Grundig, provided a pedestal amplifier with COMMAG sound heads on an upstanding arm. All Paillard-Bolex M 8 are Swiss made. They follow the underslung concept of the Bell & Howell 151 Picture Master. One distinct advantage of the M 8 is the infallible lateral film guidance, continued with the later Paillard-Bolex 18-5.

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                • #9
                  I was going through some old photos of when I replaced the variable speed control in one of the two M8 projectors, although both projectors have the same silver finish one has the strobe, the other did not.
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                  • #10
                    Graham that is a beautiful machine!

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                    • #11
                      The M8 is a really stunning looking projector - it just reeks of quality design and manufacturing, as does the 18-5. You just can't go wrong with Bolex equipment, they set the benchmark,

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