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Technicians who service Eclair ACLs


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I think it'd be useful to compile a list which technicians service Eclairs. As many have probably noticed, Eclair ACLs have recently become quite sought after. Those cameras are going to need servicing, sooner or later.

So, let's start:

  1. Super16 inc. / Bernie O'Doherty. Currently not taking any new work / March 2021
  2. Les Bosher Does he service cameras or only modify them for S16?

 

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Five more places / people. I haven't asked them personally, but these names were given to me:

3. Visual Products / Paul (Ohio)

4. Alan Gordon Enterprises (LA)

5. Evan Ferrario (LA) Evan is not a full time technician but does maintenance on the side

6. Conci Nelson Conci is not a full time technician but has been trained by Bernie and is very good with rebuilding ACL magazines

7. Photo-Proßwitz (Mannheim, Germany)  This one is closer to third hand knowledge so no idea of their experience with ACL.

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1 hour ago, Heikki Repo said:

Photo-Proßwitz (Mannheim, Germany)  This one is closer to third hand knowledge so no idea of their experience with ACL.

Their website says that they took over the service from Ritter Media and they repair what looks like mostly Super 8 mm cameras and projectors.

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Really good effort Heikki.

Parallel to this effort,  do we need a separate thread to help keep track of where all the ACL parts are. A few years ago I sold a lens to Gerard, art-media.com who had a huge inventory of Eclair parts. He told me he was selling up, and then he disappeared. He had not yet told me who he sold to, but I remember, it was one or two guys in Europe I think.

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Thanks Heikki! 
I wonder if the fellow who put out the HD-144 Super 16 conversion kit (Mark?) is still involved with the camera world? I had my first ACL converted with that kit but that was well over a decade ago and I believe he was already done and just getting rid of back stock. It was so amazing to be able to purchase a newly manufactured ACL S16 gate and shutter. 

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4 hours ago, Gregg MacPherson said:

Gerard, art-media.com who had a huge inventory of Eclair parts..

He said (not me said) that he bought the entire parts stock when Eclair went out of bussiness. This could be the motherload. And it may languish on the shelf somewhere if it's not distributed.

 

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7 hours ago, Gregg MacPherson said:

Really good effort Heikki.

Parallel to this effort,  do we need a separate thread to help keep track of where all the ACL parts are. A few years ago I sold a lens to Gerard, art-media.com who had a huge inventory of Eclair parts. He told me he was selling up, and then he disappeared. He had not yet told me who he sold to, but I remember, it was one or two guys in Europe I think.

Just so that nobody goes sending email to the owner of that domain, there is one "s" missing from the end of the domain name...

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Heikki,

can you find Gerard, or the parts? I don't know what was happening to him...going out of business...something...he seemed a bit anxious when I last had email with him. The parts may have been bought at a cheap price by people that are not effectively onselling them.

One guy in Europe who was always seemingly in the know was Boriss Belay. He's been on this forum. I may still have an old email address.

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3 minutes ago, Gregg MacPherson said:

Heikki,

can you find Gerard, or the parts? I don't know what was happening to him...going out of business...something...he seemed a bit anxious when I last had email with him. The parts may have been bought at a cheap price by people that are not effectively onselling them.

There is one person on Linkedin who might be the right person. I already sent a message to him. But considering that many join that service but aren't active there, it might be that I won't get any answer.

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6 hours ago, Edward P. Davee said:

Thanks Heikki! 
I wonder if the fellow who put out the HD-144 Super 16 conversion kit (Mark?) is still involved with the camera world? I had my first ACL converted with that kit but that was well over a decade ago and I believe he was already done and just getting rid of back stock. It was so amazing to be able to purchase a newly manufactured ACL S16 gate and shutter. 

What might be the surname of Mark?

I was able to find his old webpages, very informative and might even contain ACL information not available elsewhere:

https://web.archive.org/web/20040215100644/http://members.aol.com/super16acl/menu.htm

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Linkdin is almost as bad as faecesbook (I trademarked that and they're gonna pay a few mill for it). Aggressively trying to connect you to their platform. That's the reason why people appear inactive, they are cautious.

Let us know what comes up. Cheers.

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3 minutes ago, Gregg MacPherson said:

That's the reason why people appear inactive, they are cautious.

Cautious about what? Honestly interested to know what you mean.LinkedIn is for people to connect on a business level and when you sign up, you know that this is what it is for. I'm no particular fan since I get a lot of people offering their services but I don't know what else you expect it should be. If you are not interested, don't sign up.

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@Uli...I had to sign up to see what it was. I thought it (Linkedin) would be less aggressive than facebook, but I was surprised at the volume of unwanted information from them. It was difficult to shut it off...

So... cautious about having their privacy invaded

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1 minute ago, Gregg MacPherson said:

@Uli...I had to sign up to see what it was. I thought it (Linkedin) would be less aggressive than facebook, but I was surprised at the volume of unwanted information from them. It was difficult to shut it off...

So... cautious about having their privacy invaded

Yeah, they try and get you to sign up to LinkedIn Pro which is annoying but they run a business, there is no such thing as a free lunch. I quit Facebook a few years ago and feel better for it. I don't go on LinkedIn much but not for privacy concerns. You are publishing a profile with your work details for everyone to see. It's your choice. If you are concerned about privacy, I'm afraid we're all vulnerable as soon as we switch on our phones.

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10. Cine Facilities Cine Facilities mentioned that they don't have previous experience with ACL (as of March 2021) nor do they have spare parts for them (does anyone these days, though?) but people have been asking them re: Eclairs and they promised they can take a look. They do have considerable experience with Aatons.

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On 3/27/2021 at 8:14 PM, Heikki Repo said:

I think it'd be useful to compile a list which technicians service Eclairs. As many have probably noticed, Eclair ACLs have recently become quite sought after. Those cameras are going to need servicing, sooner or later.

So, let's start:

  1. Super16 inc. / Bernie O'Doherty. Currently not taking any new work / March 2021

 

According to another poster on this forum who has recently called Bernie, he is now retired.

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