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Michael Rourke
Expert Film Handler

Posts: 159
From: San Luis Obispo, Central Coast of CA
Registered: Feb 2002

 - posted 04-19-2002 11:41 PM      Profile for Michael Rourke   Email Michael Rourke   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
My SDDS heads have a hinge on the right side and look like they had doors on them at one point, is this something I should try to get back on the head? I know that the LED Jaxlights in the basement readers are really tempermental about ambient light, is the array on the SDDS head the same way? Could that be a cause of some of the many problems I have had in the past with my SDDS units?

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Steven Gorsky
Expert Film Handler

Posts: 146
From: Frederick, MD, USA
Registered: Sep 2000

 - posted 04-20-2002 12:10 AM      Profile for Steven Gorsky   Author's Homepage   Email Steven Gorsky   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The 2000 series of SDDS readers did have doors. As far as I know there are no problems with them being removed. Problems with SDDS seem to be one of the following: dirty reader, tension probelems, damage to the SDDS track, and led adjustment.

Other forum members can tell you more.

Steven Gorsky

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Don Sneed
Master Film Handler

Posts: 451
From: Texas City, TX, USA
Registered: Aug 2001

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I service many theatres using the DFP-2000 & leave the door open, or remove it, I never seen a problem with the reader except some minor adjustment or replacing the LED's....just keep the reader clean as usual...

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Brad Miller

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From: Plano, TX (36.2 miles NW of Rockwall)
Registered: May 99

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It's just a cosmetic door. It is very flimsy, was made out of cheap plastic, is generally hard to latch closed and if you have a bounce coming from your platter (or reel) it can actually scratch the film on the underside of the top part of the door.

Take them off and throw them away.

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John Walsh
Film God

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From: Connecticut, USA, Earth, Milky Way
Registered: Oct 1999

 - posted 04-20-2002 11:21 AM      Profile for John Walsh   Email John Walsh   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I'm with Brad on this, totally. They really should have been designed better.

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