Tachihara 8x10 with leaning front standard rails

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  1. Richard Man

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    Just "traded" my Sinar P2 8x10 for a lighter weight Tachihara. Everything looks good and I will be developing the first sheets shortly. However, the front standard has a lean, not sure if it is clear from the photo. I suppose as long as it's parallel to the rear standard (the lean is sideway), then it doesn't affect the functionality. Anyway, should I bother to disassemble and somehow fix it?
     

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    Looks like the front standard is bent from rough handling or rough storage. Looks like it could be bent back, but I'd use caution unless you have experience repairing cameras.
    I recall the one of the ground glass backs on my Horseman 45 was just a little sideways. I found one of the lever arms was bent, so I bent it back and it immediately fractured in two pieces.
    Good thing I have the tools to make a new one.
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    Do yourself a favor and sent it to Richard ritter
    Why have s half ass. Tool for making photograhs??
     
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    Thanks. It seems to look OK if I lock down on one side and push down on another. As long as the standards are parallel, the images should be OK. It's mainly an OCD thing otherwise.
     
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    looking at the picture, there's a greater gap near the bottom of the bellows frame on the RH side. Makes me wonder if a shim or washer is missing.
     
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    Not that I can see. It's looking better already when I un-tension the knobs. I suspect the previous owner(s) just were not careful and progressively let one side of the wooden frame riding higher and higher and tighten it that way, forcing the metal rails to lean more and more. So I think if I just keep the tension the other way, it will eventually move back to more neutral positions.

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  7. John Koehrer

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    That makes perfect sense. If in working it that way you find that the one side won't fully tighten down then the addition
    of a washer on the opposite side may help out. Yeah me & my washers.
     
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