RE: 16mm film projectors

Steve Guy (
Wed, 12 Jan 2000 09:27:55 -0800 (PST)

This is probably AV 101 but I thought I'd post a reminder in case 16mm has
become so arcane it's forgotten. The sound bulb on a 16mm projector (be it
Eiki, Elmo or Bell & Howell) should last a good long time if a couple of
maintenance points are attended to:
1. The bulb should never be touched by the naked hand. Skin oils will cause
it to expire quickly. It should be placed in using a cloth glove.
2. The sound lamp is usually on a seperate switch and if the projector
remains plugged in, that switch should be turned off after use. Often AV
technicians don't notice the little glow coming from the projector slot.

Hope this helps.

Steve Guy
California Newsreel
149 Ninth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
phone: 415.621.6196
fax: 415.621.6522

-----Original Message-----
From: Judy Jones []
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2000 8:40 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Re: 16mm film projectors

We have purchased 16mm film projectors in the past 10 years.
They are expensive and unreliable I think. I believe they are
Eiki. We go through a sound bulb with practically every use.
The rewind belts go out routinely. That's why I am working on a
three-year project to get rid of 16mm film - it drives me crazy.
Anyway, can your technicians cannibalize parts from one
projector to another as we have or has that already occurred?

Wed, 12 Jan 2000 07:43:02 -0800 (PST) Reply-to: From: "Tami-Jo Eckley"
<> To: Multiple recipients of list
<> Subject: 16mm film projectors

We currently have old bell & howell projectors and we would like to upgrade
at least one of these for the occasional showing of 16mm films. Has anyone
purchased any recently (for us here at Manhatta

Tami-Jo Eckley
Electronic Services & Media Librarian
Manhattanville College Library
Purchase, New York 10577