Originally Posted by shadowfox
Sounds like the screws that hold the take up spool is either fallen or broken. Did anything rattle inside if you shake the camera (gently)?
I have the same camera, what I would do is probably locate a good manual camera repair shop. The ACE is probably built using some standard methods, the lens is probably more unique than the body (especially the ubiquituous film advance lever).
Sorry, not much help, but as an encouragement, that camera is a joy to use. Which lens did you get with it?
The camera makes a few 'rattlies' when shaken slightly, but that's from all the 'give' in the lens itself, the shutter button etc. When I held as many of these things tight and tilted the camera from side to side, I didn't hear anything that would resemble a screw flopping around inside the camera body.
If it was just a loose screw then it would have been inexpensive to fix, I reckon. But I was imagining that the gear associated with the film takeup spool was broken...that would be a challenge to repair successfully. Glue might hold it together, but only a matter of time before it comes apart again.
The camera came with the standard 45mm f/2.8 lens. It's the most common, from what I've read, nothing exciting like the 35mm lens.
The camera was returned to the seller just this afternoon and I got myself an evil little SLR. Not sure if that still allows me to participate at these forums. The Aires IIIc on the shelves was really attractive but the rear element had quite a good amount of fungus on it.