Have old Bessa folder 6x9 from 1940's, can bellows be replaced?

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  1. harlequin

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    Dear APUG Folder/Rangefinder Experts,

    I was given a Bessa 6x9 folder from relative with Color Skopar,
    the body and camera overall looks good however the bellows is another story entirely.

    Q:

    a) Is there a place in USA that would supply replacement bellows for this camera
    b) if not in USA, some other country??
    c) I would like to restore this to its former glory, if anyone in APUG has had to replace the bellows
    what were the steps to doing so, or am I best to bite the bullet and send it for replacement of bellows.
    d) As a 6x9 I would really like to begin using it, I know its not a GSW69III Fuji, but for black and white
    landscapes and candid work, should fit the bill.

    Many thanks for your suggestions/responses or even photos taken with this camera as
    I think it was "ahead of its time" for design and quality...


    Kind Regards,

    Harlequin
     
  2. R.Gould

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    Can't help with the USA but over here Custom Bellows, Formally Camera Bellows, could almpost certainly supply new bellows, They will custom make the bellows
     
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    ecbuyonline on eBay supply most kinds of bellows at very reasonable prices. I've had one of theirs for my 4x5 Linhof about 6-7 years and it's still going strong. Quality is excellent.
     
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    There are ready-made bellows for the Bessa on ebay, regularly.
     
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    Some store in Hong Kong has them listed for 79.99 USD.
     
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    That ^^^ reminds me - Sandeha Lynch supplied a bellows for my Agfa Record III (also 6x9), it was very good and easy to fit.
     
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    I repaired a badly shaped Grundner(very large) shutter with the help of 3M tape 850 F. its very thin. there is a thicker material-tape. maybe someone can provide its name. or i must dig out.
    btw: there are images of this unrepaired grundner_shutter online. when i will use it i will show the repaired version..not looking nice but effective. 1/6 can be achieved quickest
     
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