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Uh toh...

Postby scott » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:28 am

Ok, try this again...

For a long while I’ve been pondering a project. After a lot of internal debate and a fair bit of gear sell-off, I pulled the trigger. An excruciatingly long wait ensued but the mail lady dropped this off a few days ago:

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A Seneca Improved View 8x10, appears to be variant 4. The camera is in pretty good shape - wood seems sound, finish is good. Metalwork is tarnished but should clean up well. Lensboard retainers are missing but I have some ideas for that. Needs a new ground glass, easy enough. The back is a little odd, at some point the Seneca back was grafted onto a Korona back. I could split the two, but I’m a little worried about what I might find. I think a little minor surgery is advised in order to hone the fit as is. Bellows are ugly as dirt and a little short but they’re sound and will work for now.

Also included were five wooden holders. All need a little TLC, one has 5x7 inserts I need to remove somehow, one is missing one end flap, which should be easy enough to mill a replacement.

I’m stoked. And I’d forgotten how big these things are. Too used to 4x5...

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Re: Uh toh...

Postby alexvaras » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:24 pm

What a beauty Scott! Nice catch! Please keep us posted with the progress :)
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Re: Uh toh...

Postby PFMcFarland » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:11 pm

Man, I hope she didn't hurt herself. Been a long time since I've seen a grey bellows like that, good thing it's in proper shape. I'm sure you can whip the rest of it back into working order.

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Re: Uh toh...

Postby scott » Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:11 am

So PF, do you know where this bellows came from? Obviously a replacement but doesn’t seem home brew. I’m tempted to douse the thing in India ink...
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Re: Uh toh...

Postby PFMcFarland » Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:01 pm

I have no idea, Scott. It had to be around thirty years ago when I saw it. It was either in an antique store, or camera shop. I remember thinking I had a suit in the closet at home that looked like the same material.

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