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#1 Brant Jones

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 12:13 PM

My Arri 16s pressure roller is stuck in the "open" position. I've tried forcing it gently (is that an oxymoron?) but it won't budge. Pushing the button in the center of the assembly doesn't help, either. The pressure roller will kind of see-saw up and down, so that it can make contact with each sprocket drum. But I just can't get the darn thing to close. Any suggestions before I have to send it out for repair? Thanks!
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#2 Tim Carroll

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 12:22 PM

Brant,

Without looking at it, it's hard to tell. Might have jumped the little leaf spring that comes up under the roller assembly. When was the camera last overhauled? And by whom?

Depending, if it hasn't had an overhaul in more than four years, I would send it for a complete overhaul and that issue can be fixed at the same time. If it has just recently been overhauled, that issue can be fixed without taking the whole camera apart, if it has just jumped the leaf spring.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 04:25 PM

Not sure when the last overhaul was, but we use Visual Products for our service needs.

Thanks for the advice, though!
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Posted 10 December 2008 - 05:43 PM

Or you could send it to me, and have it rebuilt back to original ARRI factory specs, with original ARRI factory lubricants, with a quicker turn around time and for less money. ;)

Axel Broda (who trained me), ARRI in New York, and I are the only ARRI service techs in the United States who set up the cameras that way and use all original factory lubricants. If you want to understand why that is important, you can read about it here and here.

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