Thank you to Mary, Jerome, and Carol for approving the expenditure for a service call on our Steenbeck flat-bed editor.
You won't believe the difference in quality after the technician cleaned up all of the optics as we now get brighter,
sharper, crisper images off the old 16 mm film.
Dwight Cody, of the Boston Connection, travels from the East Coast to various institutions in the Midwest so we were lucky
he was able to come to SHSI. Cody also installed a new motherboard (i.e. New Generation audio boards designed by the
Boston Connection) that allows us to record sound directly off of the optical and magnetic sound readers. This is a vast
improvement over us standing there with a microphone that also picks up the sound of the machine running. The audio quality
will be superior now that we can plug directly into a computer or DVD player!
We had not serviced this machine in 11 years (since we bought it from Cody) and the belts were terribly worn and dangerously close to erupting and
destroying the innards of the machine. So, we thank you profusely for making this wise decision even when budgets are tight.
Thank goodness our donor continues to support our efforts to provide access to our incredible film collection.
The photo of Dwight Cody and the Steenbeck was taken on April 23, 2011, just after he finished his work. He completely disassembled
then reassembled the machine and it now purrs like a kitten.
Special Collections Coordinator