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    Look for someone to make bellows




    The best bellows I have purchased were from Custom Bellows in the UK. Just ask for a price and was told they are not accepting orders.
    A friend that had made several bellows with no taper, made a taper bellows for me. It worked fine, but he does not want to make another.
    I also know a fabric to produce a bellows can also be a problem. Having spent my life in the textile industry I had a friend that furnished me with three sample fabrics that I feel would work well. Two are cotton and the other a filament fabric. They are, of course, not light tight and would require a coating or paint to produce this condition.
    Now, I am looking for someone that would make the bellows for me. I need now one for a 5x7 Kodak 2D, plus another for another Kodak 2D, but 8x10. I have samples for both.
    It would be nice for this person to mount the bellows to the frames that I also have on hand.
    Anyone who would have interest or know of someone who could do this, let me know.
    Thanks and I look forward to hearing some good news.

    Jack

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    Re: Look for someone to make bellows

    Custom Bellows has stopped taking orders!

    This is very bad news.
    wear mask or NOT

    is ???

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    Re: Look for someone to make bellows

    Look on eBay. There are one or two folks on there who will make a bellows for you.

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    Re: Look for someone to make bellows

    Rudy at ecboyonline2008 on ebay. Also search the other "bellows" threads as there have been several lately.

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    Re: Look for someone to make bellows

    I am thinking to buy a bellow from ecbuyonline2008. How is the bellow? Quality?

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    Re: Look for someone to make bellows

    Quote Originally Posted by diversey View Post
    I am thinking to buy a bellow from ecbuyonline2008. How is the bellow? Quality?
    Search his business name here or on apug. Lots of good things. Good service as well.

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    Re: Look for someone to make bellows

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Custom Bellows has stopped taking orders!

    This is very bad news.
    Yes, it is!
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: Look for someone to make bellows

    http://www.manta.com/c/mm0hhct/jb-r-western-bellows-co made a very nice bellows last year for my Gandolfi Whole-Plate, at reasonable cost.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Re: Look for someone to make bellows

    Quote Originally Posted by diversey View Post
    I am thinking to buy a bellow from ecbuyonline2008. How is the bellow? Quality?
    Rudy's company made a 5x7 bellows for my ARCA Swiss monorail. I sent the bellows frames and he glued the bellows to them when it was finished. My bellows is red. I have another bellows for a different camera that was made by Western Bellows, and I have seen and handled cameras with bellows made by Custom Bellows. I have a hunch that the bellows on my Walker Titan were made by Custom Bellows.

    The bellows from Rudy is of similar quality. It looks great, the pleats look good, and everything is just as I asked. The material is thicker and heavier weight than my other bellows, whether those on the cameras listed above, or the original ARCA 4x5 bellows. As a result, it is not as flexible as the other bellows. This is not an issue with my 5x7. It is capable of all the movements I need from my 135mm Fujinon W to my 450mm Fujinon C.

    On top of all this, Rudy's communication was excellent. We corresponded until it was clear he understood my needs. He kept me up to date on progress and sent me a notice with tracking number when he shipped the product.

    Here is a quick snap of the 5x7 ARCA with bellows.

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    Re: Look for someone to make bellows

    Quote Originally Posted by northcarolinajack View Post
    . . . Just ask for a price and was told they are not accepting orders. . . . .
    No more orders, ever? Or no orders now, we are too busy and the backlog is too large? (Hoping for the latter.)

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