Rolleiflex TLR repairs in Canada

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Terrence Brennan, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Terrence Brennan

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    I need to have a Rolleiflex TLR repaired. It was formally repaired by a gentleman named (if I remember his name correctly) Ulrich Barthel, and he was located in Woodbridge, Ontario, aka Vaughn, Ontario. I have lost his contact info, and I was wondering if any Toronto/Canadian APUGgers would know how I could get in touch with him.

    If he is no longer in business, would there be another Canadian source for parts and repairs? Any info would be most welcome!
     
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    I'd like this info too. I sent my Rollei to Oceanside in California because of "expert" here in Toronto. Oceanside did one, and Jurgen Kuschnik did the other. I was very happy. I hear Krikor in NJ does a good jod too. I know it's not Canada but I have been disappointed here. The lens retaining ring was gouged and the report back was that the camera was "unserviceable". When sent to Kushnik (he moved back to Germany) it came back in perfect condition. Camtech in Hamilton say the have a lot of experience with Rollei and the service is done in the store. I have never used them.
     
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    I know them and have been very happy with them for more than 25 years. Roger is a very well trained and experienced resource.
    http://www.camtechphoto.com/
     
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    I think we've had this thread before, but I can vouch for Roger Burrough (Camtech: 905-389-8545) also. He has repaired a couple Rolleiflexes for me, and his fees are quite reasonable. Another option is Gerry Smith at Kindermann Canada (905-940-9262). Gerry is probably better known as a Leica repair person/savant, but he has done a terrific job repairing/CLA'ing my nicer Rolleis, including the most recent one, a Rollei tele, which had a seized shutter when I got it but is working great now. I believe that Gerry is not working full-time now, but he's extremely knowledgeable and a very pleasant fellow to deal with.
     
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    The time I buy a rolleicord I'll send it to Jurgen Kuschnik, I suppose he repairs the cords, If he does the flexes... The good thing, is that he's in Europe, so cheaper postage and shorter turn-around time. I've heard of him and Brian Mickelboro also. Are there more specialized rollei repairers in Europe?
    Heard very nice feedbacks about Oceanside but sending to them Costs as much as the CLA...
     
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    Rollei repair

    Gerry Smith at Kindermann in Toronto did an excellent job of reviving my locked up Rollei SL66E last year. They also CLA'd two magazines. It took about a month but the work was done flawlessly. Good luck.

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    Is Stan Nycz still in business? He runs (ran?) International Camera repairs out by the Queensway.
    Address: 816 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON, M8Z 1N5
    Tel: 416-255-3072 Toll Free: 1-800-340-5937

    There's also Commercial Camera Repair at Church and Queen in Toronto. http://www.commercialcamerarepair.com/
    They say they can fix just about anything.

    If that fails, I had my Rollieflex CLA'd by Adrian Harte at Windsor Photo Outfitters. http://photooutfitters.ca/ Adrian is very good to work with, but he'd probably like to get to know you and your camera.

    Cheers, and let us know how things work out.
     
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    Not sure about Rollei's, but Gerry did a fantastic job on my M6.
     
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    Raymond Fung (http://www.winballcamera.com) puts many famous camera repair "stars" to shame with his gentle, unassuming professionalism. First class knowledge and skills. Recommended.
     
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    Hi, Terrence.

    I sent my Rolleicord to Krikor Maralian in New Jersey. He received the camera and called to confirm the work I wanted done (including installation of a Maxwell screen) and had the camera back to me in about 8 days. Competent and fast. Total cost about $250 US (2 years ago when the exchange rate was better for us).

    Good luck.

    http://www.krimarphoto.com/
     
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    Then there's Canadian Camera on Albert... You're probably already aware of them; pretty much the only repair choice these days in Ottawa (Nation's capital, a million people in the region, yet no range of repair options. Odd, eh?). I don't know how they'd do with a Roleiflex; you'd have to ask.

    http://www.canadiancamera.com/index.html
     
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    So, did you decide who to go with, Terrence? Your info could be good for future reference for the rest of us.

    Thanks.

     
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    Stay away. My experience, and that of several Toronto Group posters on flickr show that since moving from North York, Commercial Camera will cause you grief instead of fixing anything.
     
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    Hi, not trying to be rude, but trying to see if there are any rolleiflex repair people in Canada or should I just send it to Henry Flousser I believe that is his name.
     
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    I read there may be one person left in Vancouver. He may be retired or semi-retired. Maybe some one will chime in from BC with up to date info. See here: http://www.apug.org/forum/index.php?threads/horst-wenzel-in-vancouver-bc-repairs.131046/
    Harry Fleenor in California is who I think you mean. I have had a Rollei overhauled by him. The camera went to Fleenor rough and not operating properly. It was returned working perfectly and was very smooth.
    Good luck.
     
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    Warning: do NOT send any camera to Krikor in New Jersey. He might have been the best decades ago, but I had endless trouble with an incompetent repair in 2016. Finally, Mark Hama, the Yashicamat expert, fixed it properly. See my earlier comments on this topic.
     
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    Horst is still working, but he is apparently cutting down his workload.
    Last time I visited, he had cameras that had been sent to him from places all over the world, so don't worry about him being able to handle out of town work.
    He is very approachable - I'd suggest calling him.