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Monee Projector 25 Aug 2003 14:04 #21615

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I've been talking to a dealer about a Monee projector. I have never heard of the machine but it looks like a Century. Do you know anything about it? Is it still being manufactured and where? Thanks.

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Re: Monee Projector 25 Aug 2003 15:07 #21616

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HELLO BOB <> Like you, I am not familiar with Monee, but I have heard the name... My first instinct is to stick to the standard brands which you are familiar with... You know Simplex, Century, Balentine, and perhaps Brenkert, and there are thousands of them still in service, with parts availability and (if needed) service people who can take care of a problem which you might not be able to handle... When you buy some of this little know stuff, you open the door to major headaches... Monee MAY be excellent equipment, but I am very leery...
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Re: Monee Projector 25 Aug 2003 16:15 #21617

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The Monee is a projector made in India, based on the an earlier design of the Century.

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Entertainment Imaging
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Eastman Kodak Company
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Re: Monee Projector 25 Aug 2003 17:47 #21618

Monee is an indian built machine that was originally called cinecitta. It was built under license of westrex UK who had the world wide rights to the century design outside of the US (in return century got the use of the R2 and R3.. soundhead designs and the davis tight loop)
Cinecittas were made in the old westrex plant in india and after a labour dispute shut down. One of the people there founded Monee
They like the Westar's have removable upper and lower sprocket assemblys (much like the way the Simp[lex XL is)
They are a okay machine but the tollerances of manufacture are very varriable but still a servicable machine
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Re: Monee Projector 25 Aug 2003 17:53 #21619

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Monee is just a cheap knock-off of a Century model SA. Same goes for the Cine-cita. They look like a Century, but many parts will not fit because these knock-offs are METRIC. Genuine Century projectors are built to USA hardware. Stay away from the Monee and Cine-cita projectors. In my opinion they are junk.
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Re: Monee Projector 25 Aug 2003 21:58 #21620

Ken you are very incorrect there is nothing wrong with metric based machinary. In fact it is the international standard. The USA is the sole hold out and is thankfully finding its products locked out of european markets because they choose not to follow international standards. Just like SAE had its day it is now metric
Monee is not a "cheap knockoff"
They have there flaws but also some superior features
There are over a dozen running in two toronto complexes that have never required replacement parts in 12 years of operation
I wish I could say the same for some of the new simplex and century's I have had to deal with
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