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    Are any bellows companies still in business?

    Or are they so busy they just don't need any new business?

    Last month I contacted 4 bellows manufacturers to get information on fabrication of custom bellows for an 8x10 camera I am building. Custom Bellows UK and Goretite by email; Western Bellows in CA and Universal Bellows in NY by letter. The letters to Western and Universal were both returned as undeliverable and as yet I have had no response from Goretite or Custom.

    I was really hoping to get professional bellows instead of using home made bellows.

    The addresses I had were:

    Western Bellows
    9340 7th St Suite G
    Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730

    Universal Bellows
    26 Hanse Ave
    Freeport NY 11520

    info@custombellows.co.uk

    For Goretite I emailed the local rep and he forwarded my email to them since their contact form did not work.

    Anyone have new addresses or info?
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    The only Bellows company I'd recommend is Custom Bellows in the UK, formerly Camera Bellows & before that Glanville's (still the same family connection). They make OEM bellows for most (if not all) major manufacturer in Europe/USA, and have done for many years.

    Their bellows are superb, I went there in 1976 with my camera and they pulled the original drawings out for the pattern for newbag bellows for me, they told me what frame to make as well.

    Ian

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    Custom Bellows are great, made my 12x15 bellows no probs.

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    Western Bellows (Jim Ormond): 909-980-0606

    Last I talked to Jim, he was sick (having seizures), and relying on crappy veteran's health care. (We are shipmates, so we shared our "complaints", to use a soft word.)

    It is important to understand that he is now a one-man operation, and is older, so his business abilities are only going to be as good as his health. He started as an employee back in the 1970s, when the company got most of their work from government contracts, making enormous bellows for enormous copy cameras. He ended up taking over the business, and eventually having to downsize to a single owner/operator working out of his home.

    I have heard he is impossible to contact. I had no trouble, however. I can also vouch for the excellent quality of his work...and it is nice supporting a local small business. I am lucky in that I was able to drive my project out to him.

    I would give him a call. The address to which you sent the letter is the address for his old shop, which he closed down.
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    Mark Kapono of Hawaii is making camera bellows :-
    http://www2.hawaii.edu/~mkapono/bellows.htm

    I've heard good things about his work.
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    Gortite

    Does anyone have experience with Gortite bellows? They advertise on their website as a maker of photographic bellows.

    Evans

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    Keh has their own bellows repair man. They said he can make bellows for anything. You can contact them through the repair page. They are currently replacing the bellows in my C330.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaryaV View Post
    Keh has their own bellows repair man. They said he can make bellows for anything. You can contact them through the repair page. They are currently replacing the bellows in my C330.
    Good to know. Thanks. I have considered sending things to KEH for repair, but did not feel like I wanted to use an equipment retailer for repair work...especially one across the country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    Good to know. Thanks. I have considered sending things to KEH for repair, but did not feel like I wanted to use an equipment retailer for repair work...especially one across the country.
    I felt the same way too, but as you know they have a great reputation and always guarantee their work. I have bought many cameras from them and have never had any problems. Plus, I spoke to Mamiya in NY (my first choice) and it was more then 100$ from what Keh quoted me (not including shipping) and the difference between Atlanta and NY sold me.

    My local shop wouldn't even touch it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    Western Bellows (Jim Ormond): 909-980-0606


    I have heard he is impossible to contact. I had no trouble, however. I can also vouch for the excellent quality of his work...and it is nice supporting a local small business. I am lucky in that I was able to drive my project out to him.

    I would give him a call. The address to which you sent the letter is the address for his old shop, which he closed down.
    I agree, he does excellent work.

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