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Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Horizontal film inspection table.  They were made by Arri, Kinoton, Steenbeck, Cinemechanica, CIR and many others (on a very small scale).

As per usual, unless you find one rotting in a warehouse, they are outrageously expensive for what they are...

Here's a CIR (same company that makes guillotine splicers) bench. 

https://www.cir-srl.com/products/inspection-equipment/cine6-family-rewinding-tables/

When money is no object:

https://www.cir-srl.com/products/inspection-equipment/d-observer-cine3-digital-inspection-table/

 

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6 hours ago, Daniel D. Teoli Jr. said:

Thanks!

They got some beautiful gear. How does their film scanner stack up? 

I have no experience with it or anyone who has operated the same.  Sorry!

Our benches are the more traditional (for the USA) upright rewind stations...

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8 hours ago, Frank Wylie said:

I have no experience with it or anyone who has operated the same.  Sorry!

Our benches are the more traditional (for the USA) upright rewind stations...

Post some photos of your setups. Or is that verboten at the L.O.C.? 

I'd love to try the flat machines. Do they have dealers in the USA for used film editing / scanning gear? 

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No, there's no prohibition on posting photos that I am aware of...

Every inspection bench is unique to the person using it and has been customized to a large extent by the user over 10 to 40 years of use, but there are basic tools that are common to every bench.

  1. Rewinds with medium length shafts.
  2. Micarta flanges for dealing with 35mm film on cores.  Split reels are used pretty much for all other formats (R8, S8, 16mm, 17.5mm, 22mm, 28mm and the very rare 65, 68 and 70mm (practically never).
  3. A dual or single gang synchronizer.
  4. Digital or Analog shrinkage gauge.
  5. Light box built into the table top.
  6. Work lamp with magnifier.
  7. Cement splicer (usually Maier/Hancock that has been modified), a guillotine splicer and sometimes an Ultrasonic splicer for Estar-based film.
  8. Exacto knifes, unperforated splicing tape of many widths, white paper tape (art), loupes, grease pencils, razor blades, bottles of cement, solvent dispenser and many other misc. supplies.

Some of the benches are built upon a motorized base that allows the entire bench to raise or lower; others are fixed.

 

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