Time to refurbish a Speed Graphic...but where to go?

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  1. arizonafilm

    arizonafilm Member

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    I've got a Speed Graphic set-up that's well used, but cared for. It's time to have it overhauled, beyond just a CLA. Anyone have any happy stories and recommendations about where and who the best firm might be that can do this in a reasonable amount of time? Conversely, it might be a good idea to know where NOT to send it.

    Now, I know public postings of opinions about our fellow film junkies and thier craft can be misconstrued on occasion- especially those which a paid service has been rendered, but at the moment I cannot think of a more suitable manner to form a decision on where to send the camera except by getting the opinions of you fine folks!
     
  2. BrianShaw

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    I have had good interactions with Steve Choi, at Steve's Camera Repair in Culver City CA. He has a web site that shows him repairing a Speed Graphic. Any work I've had him do has been top notch and didn't take long.
     
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    Contact Bert Saunders at graflex.org. He is a retired Graflex/Graphic repairman who taught and coached me through repairing a shutter via email.

    Steve
     
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    I think I have repair manuals for that camera. PM if you're interested, and I can see about scanning them.
    Jerry
     
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    I bought two Speeed Graphic's off ebay about 5 years ago sold together as parts to rebuild one good one. The seller didn't add that one was a pre-Anniversary the other a Pacemaker - no parts are interchaneable but they were cheap :D.

    Both cameras were remarkably easy to restore although the whole shutter assembly was missing on the Pacemaker. The shutter on the pre-Anniversary was rebuilt, it's all very logical. It was only after I'd finished I came across the Service manual and also Thomas Tomosy's book Restoring Classic Cameras, both might have saved me time figuring out how the shutter worked but I wouldn't have learnt as much.

    Ian
     
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    Good morning;

    When the Folmer-Graflex Corporation closed their Western Division repair center, Fred Lustig was the eventual and current owner of their remaining Speed/Crown Graphic parts stock. He is well known as someone for serious work on a Speed or Crown Graphic.


    Fred Lustig
    4790 Caughlin Pkwy #433
    Reno, NV 89509
    phone (775) 746-0111 (Pacific time zone, daytime only)


    It looks like you have a selection of people from which to choose.
     
  7. arizonafilm

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    Thanks all who replied. With your collective help, I will place the camera in the proper care!