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#1 David Doko

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 05:40 AM

I've had an Arri 16 BL and SB for quite a while now just sitting in storage. I've been holding on to them more as personal favorites rather than current working tools, but now I actually need to use them in a few months....

Regular 16mm isn't dead. If you're OK with more grain than Super 16mm, you can easily just transfer to 16:9 in post. And some people WANT grain.

Anyhoo... Can someone recommend a trusted Arri place or technician in Los Angeles where I can have both these older cameras serviced or at least lubed?

Any recommendations for Alan Gordon?
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#2 Tim Carroll

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 06:52 AM

Hands down, the best ARRI tech for those cameras is Axel Broda. And he is right there in Tehachapi, just north of LA.

(661)821-6725

Tell him Tim Carroll sent you.


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#3 Fran Kuhn

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 11:51 AM

I've had an Arri 16 BL and SB for quite a while now just sitting in storage. I've been holding on to them more as personal favorites rather than current working tools, but now I actually need to use them in a few months....

Regular 16mm isn't dead. If you're OK with more grain than Super 16mm, you can easily just transfer to 16:9 in post. And some people WANT grain.

Anyhoo... Can someone recommend a trusted Arri place or technician in Los Angeles where I can have both these older cameras serviced or at least lubed?

Any recommendations for Alan Gordon?



David,

Absolutely send them to Axel Broda. I've sent two S/Bs to him, he is the best.

-Fran
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#4 David Doko

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 05:23 PM

Thanks Tim and Fran, I'll give him a ring.
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#5 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 05:12 AM

You know guys, it's funny regarding these Axel Broda referrals because even the techs at Arri Burbank refer people to him. Go figure!
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#6 Tim Carroll

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 07:31 AM

You know guys, it's funny regarding these Axel Broda referrals because even the techs at Arri Burbank refer people to him. Go figure!


He's the BEST. PERIOD.

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#7 Jerry Murrel

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 06:08 AM

He's the BEST. PERIOD.

-Tim



I just purchased an Arri-16BL from Ken Stone several months ago.

Sent it to Axel Broda, who did a marvelous job of rebuilding
the camera. Camera still had the original white grease from
the factory - thankfully no one had screwed with it and Axel
was able to restore it to show-room condition!

I must agree with Tim - Axel is incredible, and it was a
pleasure talking with him. I will be sending him my
35BL-1 next for restoration.

The question of converting the 16BL to Super 16 has come up
in this forum several times. According to Axel, one would be
better off buying an Arri 16 SR for S16. Axel was kind enough
to even mark my ground glass with 1:85 markings for telecine
extraction/masking. I can stand a little grain, and today's fine
grain film stocks make shooting in 1:85 a viable option.

BTW- Tim, Axel asked about you - wanted to know where you
were and what you are up to. He'd be happy to hear from
you.


best regards,
-Jerry Murrel
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#8 Tim Carroll

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 10:05 AM

Hey Jerry,

I talked with him about a month ago. I'll give him a call. He's a great guy and was super generous in training me to service the Arriflex cameras.

Glad to hear your 16BL is singing right along. It's incredible, those cameras are decades old, and with proper care, they'll be singing right along for decades to come. Try that with a video camera. ;)

Best,
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#9 Geovane Marquez

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 09:57 PM

I just purchased an Arri-16BL from Ken Stone several months ago.

Sent it to Axel Broda, who did a marvelous job of rebuilding
the camera. Camera still had the original white grease from
the factory - thankfully no one had screwed with it and Axel
was able to restore it to show-room condition!

I must agree with Tim - Axel is incredible, and it was a
pleasure talking with him. I will be sending him my
35BL-1 next for restoration.

The question of converting the 16BL to Super 16 has come up
in this forum several times. According to Axel, one would be
better off buying an Arri 16 SR for S16. Axel was kind enough
to even mark my ground glass with 1:85 markings for telecine
extraction/masking. I can stand a little grain, and today's fine
grain film stocks make shooting in 1:85 a viable option.

BTW- Tim, Axel asked about you - wanted to know where you
were and what you are up to. He'd be happy to hear from
you.


best regards,
-Jerry Murrel



How much did he charge you? I'm thinking of getting mine serviced too.
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#10 Tom Jensen

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 10:46 PM

He's the BEST. PERIOD.

-Tim


I think he's the "only." I sent my 16 BL to him as well and he did a good job.
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#11 Jerry Murrel

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 09:57 PM

How much did he charge you? I'm thinking of getting mine serviced too.


Geovane,

Sorry for the late reply - didn't see this until today.

I would be doing Axel a disservice if I quoted the price - every camera is in different
condition, and your camera may need more or less work than mine did.

What I can tell you is that I'm very happy with the work he did, and consider it an
honor to have had him rebuild it. I think if you give Axel the chance to work on your
camera, you will never regret it. Probably one of the best investments I've ever made.

best regards,
-Jerry Murrel
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