Shutter repair/parts in Aus?

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  1. Dr Croubie

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    So I have a perfectly good, working, Compur Electronic #1 shutter with a 90mm Super Angulon on it, perfect timings from 1/500 to 32 seconds (which was great using it recently with Kodalith and Harman Direct Positive rated ei1.5-3)
    Or at least, I did have, until this morning I was changing lensboards, the double-screwdriver tool slipped out of my hands and went straight through both the shutter and aperture blades.
    I've spent the morning on it, the shutter is back working (well, except for the big hole in one of the blades), but one of the aperture blades is stuck inside the shutter (a shard of blade is probably sticking up getting wedged somewhere).
    Worst part is, I can't even undo the screws on the back to get into it (I've tried putting zippo fluid on them to loosen, no good. Haven't got any WD40 but I'll buy some today and try it later).
    Even if I do manage to get the thing open, I'll need some new blades from a donor shutter or something (it's got 10 blades so I'd need an identical type donor).

    Anyway, I've all but ruled out sending it to SK Grimes, by the time I include postage and repair it'll be cheaper getting a whole new one off the 'bay.
    Before I consign it to the "I'll fix it one day when I get time and spares" pile, does anyone know if there is anyone around Aus that may be able to repair it and/or provide parts?
     
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    Shutterbox in Hartwell (Vic) did a very nice repair/replacement to the cloth shutter of my 1933 Foth Flex, and another time 'unstuck' a Compur shutter on a Rolleiflex for me - they'd be my first port of call these days...

    Marc!
     
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    You could try Charles Bridgewood @ Lower Mitcham. He does good work, but can be a bit unreliable. He also likes to talk.....
     
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    thanks guys, i'll check them out.
    although now i've just had a closer look, seems I must have torn the extremely thin wire out of the solenoid at some point today, if I can't solder that back together then it'll be stuck at 1/500s (I'm an absolute gun at microscopic soldering, it's just a matter of finding the other loose end in the coil and not melting it, I know how hard those things are to fix).
    Maybe this entire thing's just a write off anyway...
     
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    The battery might be worth selling if it is. They're evidently reasonably rare nowdays.
     
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    well there's the other irony, I bought this one batteryless (not really knowing what an 'electric' shutter meant at the time). So I'd hooked up my own type of battery which worked for a bit ('Magtrix' magnetic bettery holder with its wires wrapped around the terminals).
    Then I found a 270mm Tele-Arton in the same shutter with battery, so bought that and just swapped the battery one to the other.
    At least now, because the Tele Arton is 270mm = 90mm x3, the apertures line up so I can swap the elements and just compensate the numbers. I'ts more annoying than swapping lensboards, but at least the 90mm elements are usable until I get this other shutter fixed...
     
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    Could also try Camera Check Point in Dubbo.