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    Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Banquet - Need Source for Parts

    Hello. I have a great F&S 7x17 ULF that is missing one of the 2 bottom tightening knobs (to control side to side swing). Does anyone know a source for a replacement part? Thanks. BTW just had a new bellows made (Custom Bellows in the UK) as part of the restoration. They were pretty quick and it fits just fine.

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    Re: Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Banquet - Need Source for Parts

    Find the thread and the pitch and you should be able to find a brass pair that match and serve the task at hand. Maybe someone on the forum with this camera could oblige and provide you with this information. My F&S is a 12x20 and I am not sure that they used the same parts.

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    Re: Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Banquet - Need Source for Parts

    Quote Originally Posted by remarkability View Post
    BTW just had a new bellows made (Custom Bellows in the UK) as part of the restoration. They were pretty quick and it fits just fine.
    What did these set you back? I've been meaning to ask them for and indicative price for a camera I've been making. (Thanks for reminding me!!)

    As for the parts, Michael is spot on. I very much doubt that they'd have a funky proprietary pitch thread. It'll be a standard thread.
    Lachlan.

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    Re: Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Banquet - Need Source for Parts

    Can you post a photo of the hardware from the other side? I agree it will PROBABLY be a standard thread, but maybe not, I recently was looking at a stripped knob on a Korona, and it was a little off-standard. If you're only missing the knob, then identifying the thread and ordering from Mcmaster-Carr should set you up.
    It WON'T be Metric, THAT I will guarantee you.
    If you put a sharpie mark on the knob you have, and count turns and measure how far it moved on the shaft in that number of turns, you will have your pitch. If it goes 1/8" in 4 turns, it is 32 pitch, 32 threads per inch. (32/8=4)
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    Re: Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Banquet - Need Source for Parts

    I am quite pleased with the replacement knob that Alan Brubaker (AWB Enterprises) made for my F&S.
    "We work in the dark, we do what we can, we give what we have."
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    Re: Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Banquet - Need Source for Parts

    The other alternative is to take the knob that is left on the camera to Home Depot and find the thread on their test board in the screw section that it fits on and that will provide you the information that you need. This information will allow you to go to your local hardware store that (hopefully) carries some brass knobs that you can pick up without the hassle of ordering a small quantity online. There is an Ace Hardware near me in Aurora, Colorado (Buckley and Iliff) that carries a full section of hard to find bolts, nuts and specialty components that has been a Godsend to me. Acquired a complete set of Canham replacement nuts and bolts in the category of hedging my image acquisition objectives.

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    Re: Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Banquet - Need Source for Parts

    McMaster Carr will sell in the tiniest quantity of one. Shipping is quick and reasonable.

    This link is just a sample of what they offer. I have bought this very knob for Century camera. http://www.mcmaster.com/#5125k32/=xwpgky

    Look around the site for other types and sizes.
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    Re: Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Banquet - Need Source for Parts

    Richard Ritter may have something: http://www.lg4mat.net/backroom.html.

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    Re: Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Banquet - Need Source for Parts

    Quote Originally Posted by David Karp View Post
    Richard Ritter may have something: http://www.lg4mat.net/backroom.html.
    Or he can make them. Richard made several knobs for my Charten 5x7 and they turned out great.

    Roger

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    Re: Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Banquet - Need Source for Parts

    Yes, Richard can tool and make you whatever you want. Normally I am not a tight ass when it comes to photographic expenses but in this instance I feel it is warranted. When I look per my photographic experiences of when I needed a swing for a specific image it has invariably been a rare event. As a result the screw knobs just need to accomplish the task of keeping these components at the desired relationship with each other (camera back and camera base) for the the photographer using the camera. In a perfect world, the knobs would be matching large knobs of knurled brass. In the practical world they could also be $0.57 black moulded flat knob from the local hardware store that meets the thread and pitch criteria of the opposing bolt. At the end of the day photographic prints could care less the aesthetics of the camera used to make the image. If you must maintain a high level affiliation with the manufacturer to the original parts employed in the camera then that objective could be more challenging. Options are many, the decision as to how to solve this problem is finite. Good Luck and Good Light!

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