How many of you have projectors in your collection that is unused due to it not working because of lack of spare parts ?
Or do they simply need a lamp or belt that is still available but you are too "stingy" or miserly to buy a new one. ?
Now this is something I AM particular about. I still have 5 of the 10 machines I have bought or been given in the last year. The B&H Filmosonic was donated last month. The other four were stripped for usable parts and discarded. The good bulbs alone from some of the discarded ones were worth the price of the machines (except for one, which was a total junker). if a machine is not working and can't be repaired for whatever reason, I don't want to even look at it or have it taking up precious space. My remaining five machines all look good to me and are functioning as they SHOULD. Should one ever need repair, I would put in the effort to repair it of course, but once the motor is gone, that's a machine ready for burial.
Believe me, if they were worth salvaging, I would have passed them along. Two of them were bought on eBay (complete junkers from the start) and not worth the hassle to return. They weren't high end machines either. Another one was a duplicate of one I already have, so I kept some parts off of it for my other one.
I own two purely Standard 8 machines (A Kodak Brownie and a Keystone 980Z) which rarely see usage.The Kodak is kept for nostalgia as it's identical to the one my late Father owned.I currently own just one sound Super-8 machine (Copal CP-S402.) I have two dual 8 machines (both Bell & Howell) with the newer model getting the most use. As I drift further into the realm of 16 mm,my 8 mm machines will most likely see less use.I recently sold my Sankyo 600 Super-8 Sound projector and will probably thin out the herd as more time passes.