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Here are some extracts from the instructions for the really strange Bolex Multimatic. Not a multi-gauge machine, but one that shows a succession of up to six short films automatically.

The films are loaded into special cassettes which go into a chute on the machine. It then shows each in turn, automatically rewinding each film while the next is being shown.

It seems to work, too, but why it is better than just using a splicer, and what sort of market it was aimed at, is a mystery to me. I bet it scratches if you use it a lot, too.

 

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A really gorgeous-looking 8mm machine is the Bolex M8R. It has been described as possibly the best Standard 8 projector. For some obscure reason, Bolex did a version of this in that horrid, drab olive green. Mad. Right is the later 18.5, with it's special low-speed capability.

 

The M8/M8R (I'm not really sure of the difference) is one of the best Standard 8 projectors. Here are a leaflet and the instructions.

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Have been looking at a Bolex SM8 sound machine. Here are a few shots.

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As you can see, it suffers as so many did from a capacity limited to 600' because the take-up is

incorporated into the main body. Top marks, tho', for output from a 12v 100w lamp and for an

easily removable amp. In pic 3 you can see there is a multi-way plug, a pair of wires in a black

sheath and two green wires, which are all that need removing to separate the amp out entirely.

A slightly curious feature is that the fan (pic 2) is not integral at all, but in the back cover. And

it blows out direct thru the top of the projector. This must mean that, instead of cooling by

directing air at where the heat is, this fan acts as an exhauster, and drags air from the entire

projector cavity.

 

I have been fortunate in that it has come complete with its own carrying case, which contains

an extension speaker and included is a mains lead - an unusual small 2-pin with earth on the outside.

The speaker connector is also idiosyncratic, a four-pin DIN plug. There is an instruction book,

but it seems to be a copy of one for a different version. No doubt the case is why the machine

has remained in remarkably good condition.

 

 

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