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    Replacing the bellows on an Omega D2 /DII

    Has anyone replaced the bellows on their Omega DII's or D2's? I carefully removed the four small screws on the negative carrier stage, but the bellows seems to still be stuck to the stage. I didn't think the bellows were glued to the stage, but I don't want to force things. Maybe it's just stuck after years of being in close contact. I need to remove the bellows without damaging them to put them on another chassis. Thanks.

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    I had to remove the bellows on mine to get it replaced - haven't put the replacement on yet. I, too, found it stuck to the stage but a slight tug brought it loose. There was no damage to the bellows that I could notice after I had it off. I guess it was stuck after all those years being in tight contact. However, I would suggest caution when doing this. You can use a knife to wedge in between the bellows and the negative stage to help separate it.

    Good luck!


    Best wishes,
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    Sanjay-- Thanks that helps a lot. BTW, where did your replacement bellows and how much did they cost?

    Barry

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    When I bought the enlarger, I didn't realize the bellows were torn. So the seller replaced them later on free of charge.

    I think you can buy new bellows from Classic-Enlargers for $90.


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    Ok, thanks. I need a couple of other parts as well, so I'll give them a call. --Barry

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    Barry, I would appreciate if you post your experience with Classic-Enlargers: I may eventually need some parts too.


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    I'm sure this isn't the route you were thinking of taking, but if it is a gash, or slice you could also duct tape it (or use gaffer's tape). Unless you score a replacement cheap, i'd probably tape it and use the money for paper and film.

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    @ Sanjay--Sure if I go through Classic, I'll post about it.

    @ Phillip-- I still haven't decided on getting a new belows: I may just remove and repair. One bellows has a bunch of pinhole-sized holes at every fold corner. They're small, but I'd like to fix or replace. I may try fixing them using some Golden black acrylic paint--basically black pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer. It's easily thick enough to fill the small holes and it remains flexible after drying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry S View Post
    Ok, thanks. I need a couple of other parts as well
    What kind of parts do you need? I have some DII parts that I'd happily give you for the cost of shipping.

    Ed
    "I only wanted Uncle Vern standing by his new car (a Hudson) on a clear day. I got him and the car. I also got a bit of Aunt Mary's laundry, and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on a fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and 78 trees and a million pebbles in the driveway and more. It's a generous medium, photography." -- Lee Friedlander

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    Ed-- thanks for the kind offer. I'm looking for the foam gasket that goes on the bottom of the Super Chromega D dichroic II head, a lens disc that will fit an older 150mm Schneider Componon-S lens, and a 42mm x .75 retaining ring. Probably not in your parts bin, but I do appreciate your offer.

    Barry

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