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Old 17th February 2013, 11:22 AM
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Default De Vere 504 shutter

Just bought a 504 dichromat and have a small problem. There is a shutter in the head that is operated by a solenoid powered from the lamp circuit. The problem is it doesn't like to open but closes really well! When worked with a finger all seems smooth and free.

I have manual downloaded from the manual section but that relates to the Mk III (I think) whereas I have the Mk IV with the 500w twin lamp head. It has 2X200w lamps fitted - yep that's 200w not 250w.

What I really need is a wiring diagram and/or advice from someone who knows about these things.

It shows every sign of being as good as its reputation but just needs a few teething problems sorted - this being the most troublesome.

Off to play now so hopefully I will be able to update with good news before anyone can reply - there's a challenge
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I would use an ohem meter to check for resistence. If no reading the solenoid needs to be replaced.
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Old 18th February 2013, 05:48 PM
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That's the way I'm going There is power to the solenoid as it tries to move - sometimes. I want to get it out and give it a thorough going over but not tonight as I need another allen key to remove the filter on/off knob. I bought one today to remove the leaver on the solenoid and hoped it was 'one size fits all'.

It's quite fun trying to buy the right size allen key when you don't know what the right size is

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Old 20th February 2013, 03:52 PM
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Tim,

I'd have thought Odyssey will be able to advise as to what tools are required, and also what is likely to need replacing/repairing.
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Old 20th February 2013, 11:42 PM
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Quick update

Solenoid removed and tested - if not dead then very very ill. Not expected to recover [insert mournful smilie]

Supplier is awaiting a response from Odyssey.

The other thing it does is produce not much light with a yellow cast. Tonight I removed the mixing box and used a different light source. White light goes in, yellow light comes out. Careful inspection and cleaning has made a very marginal improvement in the colour. What is really odd is when the defuser is tested out of the box it transmits nice clean white light. There is no discolouration to the polystyrene (that was a shock) liner ad the dichroic heat shields are fine. Only when everything is put together does it turn yellow.

I quite enjoy the problem solving but I need to use it now. It's so big I had to remove my other enlargers to make way for it

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Old 28th February 2013, 09:47 PM
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Latest news -

We've heard from Odyssey. It goes a bit like this - You have a shutter? WOW that's rare! ^*&&% pain they are, ditch the solenoid and leave the shutter open.

In response to the good news I'd got a print out of it - 7X5 on Kentmere 95 seconds at f8 - they suggested trying another power supply. That will arrive Monday. Hopefully then all will be well
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