FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHICH PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
At Mars accepts Paypal, credit cards, and in limited circumstances some other payment methods. Invoices can be send via Paypal or Quickbooks.
WHAT IS YOU RETURN POLICY?
Because all At Mars amp are custom built for each owner, returns can get complicated. But, depending on the circumstance, I am sure we can figure out a solution that will make everyone happy.
WHAT KIND OF WARRANTY DO YOU OFFER?
Aside from routine maintenance of parts that have a limited life span (tubes, filter caps), all repairs other than those that are a result of misuse/abuse will be done free of charge (minus shipping) by me as long as I am alive/able. After that you will have to make your own arrangements.
I HAVE A FILMOSOUND. CAN YOU DO A CONVERSION?
Not all versions of the Filmosounds are candidates for conversion. But, if you have the right one, I can convert it. I will give you a discount on the final price to reflect the "donor" chassis. If you more than one chassis on hand, I will take the others and give you credit for their value against the cost of the build as well.
HOW MANY FILMOSOUNDS ARE LEFT? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY ARE ALL GONE?
I don't know how many Filmosounds are left on planet earth. Many, I hope. When they're gone, I guess that's that.
ARE YOU UPCYCLING OR JUST BUTCHERING VINTAGE FILM PROJECTORS?
It's sad to tear apart an old projector, especially in light of the fact that they were very well made. I have plugged in several that start right up even though they are 70 years old. However, there are not a lot of 16mm films being run these days and if someone needs to do so, collectors have the some prime examples of Filmosounds squirreled away. Not to mention the dozens of models of non-tube vintage projectors that can not be re-purposed. Every chassis that gets converted starts a new life as tool that will be utilized instead of boat anchor that will end up in landfill.
DOES ANYTHING ELSE GET RE-USED?
I try to preserve and reuse as much as I can. Most of the electronics are new for the sake of reliability, but certain capacitors can be reused. All the tubes are tested and sorted for reuse. Of course, all the hardware and transformers are part of the finished product. Plus, the cabinet boxes are made almost exclusively from salvaged 1950's pine.
IN YOUR PICTURES NOT ALL OF THE FACE PLATES LOOK THE SAME. WHAT'S GOING ON?
There are three versions of the Filmosound that ANY of the At Mars circuits can be built into. However, most of the time these days, I am using the brown 1940's chassis almost exclusively.