To Doug Pomeroy:
I concur with Richard that the bubbles are probably due to shipping.
I've had better luck when buying locally. I suspect that some time spent
on the stock shelf has helped. All of the recommendations on this thread
about removing bubbles and re-distributing the magnetic fluid are good.
Like Richard Hess, I use this product as well. Some caveats: You will
need to develop (pun not intended) your own method for using Kyread as
it is a liquid applied directly to the emulsion and can be messy. As
such, it needs to be cleaned off of the emulsion _completely_ to avoid
possible clogging the the head(s). This product works best on brown
oxide and is practically useless on dark gray emulsions (Scotch 206,
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 2/22/2017 7:05 AM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> Hi, Doug,
> As I understand it, bubbles come from shipping and mine has gotten
> better with age and rubbing in circular motions. I, too, was
> disappointed at first, but things seem better. I think there is
> something in the instructions or on the website about that, but I
> don't have time to dig at the moment.
> Make certain you keep the thing moist in the humidor, that is the big
> drawback, IMHO, but the second Sigma was almost totally useless--much
> less sensitive than the first (now dead) unit. Andrew Wedman who used
> to be at Universal in Europe complained that the Sigma was much too
> slow for their production work.
> So far, the new Arnold has been doing well for me, though I did use
> Kyread when I was looking at digital recordings as I think it has
> higher resolution.
> On 2/22/2017 09:21, Doug Pomeroy wrote:
>> I just bought a new Arnold viewer and am disappointed with the quality:
>> It has bubbles along with the magnetic fluid. It's not useless, but one
>> wonders about their quality control.
>>> Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:16:06 +0000
>>> From: Ted Kendall <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Subject: Re: Magnetic viewers
>>> I bought a Sigma for a job, and got through it, but compared to the old
>>> Arnold device it's a fussy and dim thing. The big money's in reading
>>> bank cards, where the signal is put on with a hammer, so the weaker
>>> fields from analogue media aren't front-and-centre any more.
>> Doug Pomeroy
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