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    New bellows made in the USA?

    I need new bellows for my 5x7 B&J Watson camera. Who do you suggest I get to make one for me? I'd prefer a source here in the US if possible. Thanks.

    Paul

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    Re: New bellows made in the USA?

    Thanks, Randy. Do you have personal experience with the company? Looks like they mostly make industrial bellows.

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    Re: New bellows made in the USA?

    No Peter DeSmidt may

    As far as we can tell they are the one left

    I have used Turner Rochester, they quit

    Custom Bellows U.K. made my last ones, they are excellent and in business right now







    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    Thanks, Randy. Do you have personal experience with the company? Looks like they mostly make industrial bellows.
    where is the monolith

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    Re: New bellows made in the USA?

    Not much left in the states. I always used Western Bellows prior to their closing, they made a really great product. Keith at Custom Bellows recently made bellows for my Toyo 810m and a Century Universal. They are both excellent and reasonably priced, he is a pleasure to do business with as well.

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    Re: New bellows made in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    I need new bellows for my 5x7 B&J Watson camera. Who do you suggest I get to make one for me? I'd prefer a source here in the US if possible. Thanks.

    Paul
    Custom Bellows UK is really the best option. A few years ago I had a bellows replaced on a 4x5 Deardorff (Baby model), I tried a US vendor but they couldn't guarantee the camera would close with the material they used. No such issue with Custom Bellows UK, bellows were a perfect match. Shipping international isn't really that difficult and the USD is pretty favorable to the UK Pound right now, I see no reason not to use them.

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    Re: New bellows made in the USA?

    I have had two made by Dynatect to replace deteriorated Toyo bellows. They are more expensive than imported products but far superior. If you can, send them your old bellows to duplicate, but you can design anything from scratch on their website. Dyatect bellows are the thinnest available, totally synthetic and waterproof. No probem with folding cameras even with extra long lengths.

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    Re: New bellows made in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by domaz View Post
    Custom Bellows UK is really the best option. A few years ago I had a bellows replaced on a 4x5 Deardorff (Baby model), I tried a US vendor but they couldn't guarantee the camera would close with the material they used. No such issue with Custom Bellows UK, bellows were a perfect match. Shipping international isn't really that difficult and the USD is pretty favorable to the UK Pound right now, I see no reason not to use them.
    Thanks, fair enough, I will contact them to inquire. Much appreciated, folks.

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