I totally agree Robert. It's just one bad isolated experience with one of these. Nothing more, nothing less. No film damaged in the process or anything like that.
I was ready for throwing the Beaulieu at the first wall I could come across when I first got it.
It was damaging prints like no tomorrow at first until I discovered what was wrong with it.
Luckily, through past experiences with newly obtained projectors, anything even remotely valuable to me, print wise,was kept well away from it during this period until I was certain I'd remedied the situation for good.
Tom's experience was also pleasing in its outcome in that aside from the disappointment and hassles involved in sending the thing back, he didn't lose a single penny of the money he spent.
If not the best, it was great outcome all round I'd say all in all in this day and age!
I've changed my original bauers heads once but for both the main heads they have on these. I have bought plenty of spares that were part worn and tried them in this same machine.
Some were able to be refurbished professionally, some were not.
I've kept the ones that have some useful service left in them after relapping as spares for the future.
£250 isn't cheap Robert I will agree. But compared to what the machines cost new back then, I'd say it's just about in keeping with what you would expect.
A main motor with a feedback tachometer can be purchased for around the same. By comparison, I'd say the motor is a bargain!
It's all to do with what parts are needed more than others and in this case the spindles are the most requested spare part. Hence the unbelievable high price for these considering what they are!