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RICK HAMILTON
Film Handler

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Registered: Aug 1999


 - posted 08-21-1999 11:11 PM      Profile for RICK HAMILTON   Email RICK HAMILTON   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
http://www.webwright.demon.co.uk/manual/Introduction.html

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Thomas Ferreira
Film Handler

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From: Claremont, NH
Registered: Jul 99


 - posted 08-21-1999 11:36 PM      Profile for Thomas Ferreira   Author's Homepage   Email Thomas Ferreira   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
These pages are certainly not applicable in every situation(does anyone in the US have a projector like the one in the threading diagram-and have most of us seen a fire gate?), but do contain some information that can be useful to the new projectionist. Thanks for pointing it out to us-any idea if it's geared towards a certain chain in the UK?

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Tom Ferreira
Manager/Projectionist
Claremont Cinema
Claremont, NH

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Joe Redifer
You need a beating today

Posts: 12859
From: Denver, Colorado
Registered: May 99


 - posted 08-22-1999 02:42 AM      Profile for Joe Redifer   Author's Homepage   Email Joe Redifer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Actually it looks to me as if it is geared towards running film strips in school. No joke.

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Gordon McLeod
Film God

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From: Toronto Ontario Canada
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 08-22-1999 10:51 AM      Profile for Gordon McLeod   Email Gordon McLeod   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The tower is a westrex but my browser wouldn't bring up the picture of the projector but from the discription it is probably a gaumont kalee. I think the picture wharehouse sould have some I took of the Kalee in the Gateway theatre northbay

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Stephen Jones
Master Film Handler

Posts: 314
From: Geelong Victoria Australia
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 08-22-1999 11:43 PM      Profile for Stephen Jones   Email Stephen Jones   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The projector mentioned is a Kalee 20,I have used the model after it which is the Kalee 21,the threading pattern is the same as the Kalee 20 but the 21 is a heavier model and has provisions for water cooling if required.These have been one of the best projectors I have ever used and will take anything you throw at it.I spent many years using these projectors and would gladly use one again. The sound head shown in the diagram is a kalee sound head, they also brought out a couple carbon arc models one I used was the Kalee President arc lamp,they also came with their same brand pedestal,also if my memory is correct they also produced amps as well. The only fault the have is the aperture plate which has to be changed before threading up, if you forgot and the the film was running you would have to stop the projector unthread the film out of the gate and change the plate over.The picture on the screen was allways rock steady. The Geater union and Hoyts and some Village Roadshow cinemas here in Oz have used them over the years but they went out of production quite a few yeaers ago. Some of the older single screens around the country still use them but I should think parts would getting hard to get.They used a oilbath for lurication.The very early models were a open head but the later models are a enclosed head eg Kalee 19,20,21s.

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Rick Long
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Registered: Nov 1999


 - posted 08-23-1999 12:15 AM      Profile for Rick Long   Email Rick Long   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I totally agree with Stephen. I apprenticed on the Gaumont-Kalee back in the mid 60's. (We had quite a number of them in the Odoen theatres here in Canada). They were extremely wll built and gave very little trouble, unless, as Stephen mentions, you forgot to change the aperture.
They manufactured sound systems under the name DuoSonic. As an example of their design, the power supply filter, instead of consisting of a 470 uF capacitor following the rectifier tube, used five 100 uF capacitors in parallel, each with its own fuse. Should a capacitor short (a common problem in tube systems), the show was not lost. Instead, the fuse would blow, taking that capacitor out of the circuit. A very slight hum would result, and the technician could replace the capacitor the next morning.
Like the Cinemeccanica, changing, or reversing the intermittent sprocket required only a screwdriver and about three minutes.
Like the Simplex 35, they had an oil-bath design. Due to the lack parts availability, almost all of them have been replaced.

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Gordon McLeod
Film God

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From: Toronto Ontario Canada
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 08-23-1999 09:32 AM      Profile for Gordon McLeod   Email Gordon McLeod   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Another interesting feature of the GK21 was it was the first projector with a single blade shutter revolving at twice the normal speed and reverse scanning in some of there soundheads was another first
regretabbly they backed the rank organization with vistavision building and designing a machine for vistavision and techniramma 8 perf horizontal operation and then had the rug pulled out from underthem when rank abandoned the system infavor of 70mm and got in bed with cinemecanica instead (that is why many V8 have the rank logo onthem)
The Kalee line also had a built in Pyrene fire extinguisher in the fire trap /magazines as well
Kershaw who built the machines never liked them as they had been designed by comitee from Gaumont theatres. The original Kalee machines were completly different in design and had a version of the VKF sprocket back in the 20's on the kalee 7's

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Mark Gulbrandsen
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From: Bountiful, Utah
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 08-26-1999 11:54 AM      Profile for Mark Gulbrandsen   Email Mark Gulbrandsen   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I totally agree and personally I would probably nominate the Kalee 21 as the best 35mm projector ever built. The build quality has NEVER been surpassed by anyone, not even Phillips. Some of you may agree with this, and some may disagree. I have a pair of Model 21's that I aquired up in Canada. I'd never part with them.

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Gordon McLeod
Film God

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From: Toronto Ontario Canada
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 08-27-1999 10:03 AM      Profile for Gordon McLeod   Email Gordon McLeod   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I definitly wouldn't nominate the GK21 as the best. It had a habit of developing a jumpy picture and there soundheads were a pig to do a stereo conversion to and most were rather hard on older prints And don't ask me to move one

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