OK! I wont keep anyone in suspenders any more
Andrew is more or less spot on.
You all know i was very pleased when my "new toy" turned up, i put several photos up on the the other photo, It was to look at in great shape, and it also looked very sleek and stylish.
I bought it as i wanted a true stereo machine as opposed to a twin track playback although i have never really been too bothered by it, i sold a lot of bit and bobs and paid for the Bauer T610 out of my sells via payback.
Before i proceed a word about rule number one, yes it is paramount. No one wants a £200-£500 new print have a line put through it. However, out of over 380 films we have i know my 1200HD has put a thin black line to the far right on only 4 of these titles, unforgivable? My projectors are over 35 years old, however, i have since replaced all the green guides and given it a clean out to end all clean outs, i no longer get this problem. ST1200HD,s over 380 films, 4 second hand films marked (that already had some light marks anyway,) not a bad record i think.
Back to my purchase of well over £400, no stereo sound track working, Andrew, you saw the video, so it went back via the warranty, it was explained that the pin at the base of the track two switch was broken and that the whole print,(board) was going to be replaced. There is also a bubble or something within the Schneider 1:1 lens, not much of a problem unless you watch a film like the Warriors which is all set at night and in the centre right of the screen you get bubble of very faint orange, very weird, they did say they could see this. The lens was one of the selling points as i was told it came only with 1:2 lens, after not making the purchase they e-mailed to say they found 1:1 lens and i could take this instead of the 1:1 for the same price. 598 euros.
I got it back Friday & i was told it is completely fine again and tested but, & i quote, "The track 2 sound isn't very loud and that is due to the way the sound head is created and that stereo super 8 tracks aren't of an high enough quality to make the change in sound all that great". That to me is red rag to a bull, i am fully aware of how good or bad soundtracks are and should be, Derann and others would never have got away selling films as stereo if this was case. The track 2 plays on all my Elmo's as good as track 1 with only a slight difference and with a hell of a volume and no hiss or hum.
Anyway, i put a film on and F*** me if there was no sound on track two again and the same lens is still fitted! Track 1 is good, with a bit more hum than before, track 2, the switch is now not making the horrible noise it was making and slide it all the way to 10 and all i got was hum. If i put my ear to the built in speaker you can just about make something out. Now tell me why a Bauer is top?
To me, either the heads are knackered, (and after spending over 400£ i aint paying for that) or something else just isn't being done. I will say it was not done in the postage as the packaging was 100% perfect in every way. This is a stereo machine not fit for purpose, no point in twin track if it doesn't play the 2nd track.
Have i gone off it? After ovr 30 years of Eumigs and Elmo's yes i have, on the up side it is the quietest machine EVER. that's due to plenty of plastic parts being used, which means faster wear out.
I love the look of it but i rather look at the films i show, and in my case it is the quietest machine around. TOO QUITE.
I was considering the Beaulie 708 which looks really sllek but i am also aware of people who have had there films chewed during threading so i wont be going there.
I will stay with Elmo, they are proven and will, i am sure, outlast others for years to come.
End of Rant and Bauer for me. I just want my dosh back now, i even bought the spare electrical kit and bulb plug for it. jeeeezz.