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    Technikardan 45 - where to find a replacement spirit level?

    Hello All,

    Thought I'd ask if anyone might have a resource for "older" Linhof Technikardan parts. I've recently purchased a used TK45 (circa 1987), which has been beautifully cared for in every way. Unfortunately, one of the spirit level vials has lost it's fluid. These are the clear vials, with very small air bubbles (not the current yellow vials). I phoned Marflex, and even bothered Bob S., but no luck... I'd put the search for a replacement vial on the back-burner for a while, until I happened across an auction on Ebay today. Listed are (4) older Kardan B vials, which evidently will also fit the Technikardan. I'm tempted to buy them, but they're not exactly right - they have ochre paint on the bottom, and they really deserve to go to someone who needs them for a Kardan. So, I thought to try the Forum - any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    Technikardan 45 - where to find a replacement spirit level?

    Mark,

    I have no idea if these people have what you want, but maybe you'll find somethinghere:

    http://www.geier-bluhm.com/

    Steve

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    Technikardan 45 - where to find a replacement spirit level?

    Try emailing Bob Salomon. He works for HP Marketting and they sell the Linhofs in the US. You might also contact MidWest Photo if you're looking for used levels.

    Best wishes.

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    Technikardan 45 - where to find a replacement spirit level?

    Thanks guys - I've contacted MidWest and they are now working on this for me. And, if they can't find one, may Geier & Bluhm can manufacture a custom vial to fit.

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    Technikardan 45 - where to find a replacement spirit level?

    Drill a tiny hole at the end, fill the fluid with a needle. then seal it with hot glue. Work like a charm.

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    Technikardan 45 - where to find a replacement spirit level?

    go to www.mscdirect, page 1371 REP.VILE/.0005" Grad. SPI Spirit MACH. Level

    might be just what the Dr. ordered

    John

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    Technikardan 45 - where to find a replacement spirit level?

    Marflex does not have them? I am surprised Bob did not direct you to them. If they dont have them, then maybe try e bay germany, they might have some, but of course you will have to read german...good luck.

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    Technikardan 45 - where to find a replacement spirit level?

    " I phoned Marflex, and even bothered Bob S.,"

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    Re: Technikardan 45 - where to find a replacement spirit level?

    Hello, has anyone any idea why are the original spare spirit level so expensive (77$ each)?

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    Re: Technikardan 45 - where to find a replacement spirit level?

    Quote Originally Posted by chi cheung View Post
    Drill a tiny hole at the end, fill the fluid with a needle. then seal it with hot glue. Work like a charm.
    Mineral Spirits dissolve hot glue. Not a good solution.

    However you can remove the old plug and refill. It's time consuming but you can then reseal with a tapered cylindrical nylon plug (I carved down a nylon screw).

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