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Did you ever have one of those days? There was I, innocently trying to run a bit of 9.5 I'd just checked, repaired and cleaned. I thought, "What a good opportunity to try out that little Cinegel". So I did; all well, quite a bright pic I thought from the 250v 300w A1/37, tho' the projection lens leaves a bit to be desired tho' of course nothing else will actually fit. Then a sudden clonk. Funny, I thought. Stopped (First Commandment) and checked. Projector turning over OK, concluded I had joggled the projector (I was tensioning the feed reel by hand). Tried again, OK for a moment or two then big clonk and projector stops.

Nothing for it now but to take it apart.  What had happened was that part of the condenser lens, ie one of the two elements, and the spring separating them, had fallen out into the mech. They were supposed to be held in place by a circlip affair, ie a springy bit of wire in a ring bigger than the hole, squashed to fit and so grip. Clear? The circlip was still in place, it was just not doing its job. How or why I know not, but the missing bits were still able to fall out when I re-fitted them.

So, into my trusty gander bag to find something to replace it. Remember one should never throw anything away (Second Commandment) ? Well, I keep all sorts, and found an odd bit of spring wire that turned out to be just right when bent to shape. That was the easy part. When I put the machine back together, narrowly avoiding forgetting to re-fit the drive pulley and belt, came to put the lamp back in and it wouldn't fit. I'd put the back element of the condenser in the wrong way round and it was fouling the lamp. Open it all up again, re-fit lens, then spot that I had broken off one of the lamp wires in all my fiddling. Re-solder, struggle to re-align lamp. Other end of wire breaks off. When I finally get it all back together ready to test, I found that, this time, I had not managed to avoid missing off the main pulley and belt. By the time I finally got it all working, I was a bit peeved. Not one of my better days.

This is an entirely different kind of Cinegel silent 9.5, kindly donated by David Whistler. It is still labelled Royal, like the one above, but also says Le Mans on the switch panel. Maybe that's where Cinegel were? The other is a model 220, looking increasingly like the sound machine, qv.

Cinegel Le_Mans     9.5 CineGEL_220_model




Never seen one of these - it was stated to be a 9.5mm Emel, found on French eBay. However, I found I had some 8mm stuff so I shall show you that instead.

emelinstrs0001      emela     emelb     Emel 8_cam          Emel8 cam3

You see there was an 8mm camera as well. Even if there was the odd 9.5 version of the projector to be found, I very much doubt the camera ever made it.


 GEM (Pathescope)

I've never really used a Gem much in anger, so to speak, nor have I seen the instructions. So here as a compromise are the Instructions for a Mark VIII (and what an ugly machine it is), with 9.5 added as a footnote.

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gem instrs0007a     gem instrs0008a     gem instrs0009a     gem instrs0010a     gem instrs0011a


Compare this to the original Gem, which has that amazing air of an Art Deco design out of its time, even tho' The Dark Lord later corrupted it and made it into a Son (ugh!). You even get a back view of the Gem, which is rare, it being a shy timid little thing. The last shot is an "artisanal" Gem (ie botched up at home) with a sound head. It did actually work, after a fashion, but I have passed it on to someone more interested in such artisanery.

Projectors 058     GemMcKee     Gem2a         artisanal gem_sofa




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This is an 8mm Norris; I have the identical-looking 9.5 version, too. I found an original instruction leaflet, which I have tidied up for you. The shape of the motor looks early.


Keystone is a name I usually associate with 16mm, but this one appears to be 9.5.That dome presumably covers a pilot light. The second machine is one Dave Humphrey is restoring.

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These two pix are a Keystone Supreme. The speed control is in the motor casing, the red knob you see on the front. As usual, I gave the machine a good lubricate, but I then found that I could not slow it down enough - the speed control cuts out at the bottom end of its range. Must try film - that would probably help.


Rex1     Rex2     rex3     rex4     rex5

Here is the Rex I acquired in France; the Pathé logo on the lamphouse and the Rex badge on the front are about the only differences from the Eumigs. (See Eumig Super in Son (ugh!) of Gallery). More badge engineering. Also a couple of pages from the instructions - rest still in progress, and in French, but added here for John Collins who has just acquired the Eumig Super version.