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    Guide price for Gandolfi tripod?

    I've been offered a Gandolfi tripod. It looks to be the genuine article, it follows the same pattern as a modern one, but is painted black. He bought it along with a Taylor Hobson 1/4 plate camera and is thought to be from about the same era.

    Any ideas as to a fair price? or how I could confirm it's authenticity?

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    Hi Martin
    I bought 2 black (ebony & nickel) Gandolfi tripods on eBay about 3 years ago. I think they cost me £50 for the pair. They are a Major and a Minor. The Major is ok and I use it, the Minor is a bit grubby, both are well used. Neither of them had the Gandolfi white plastic nameplate although the Minor had the name stamped on the wood. I phoned Ed at Gandolfi and he told me that they were usually made for the Police or armed forces and they often left the factory without nameplates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiseowl
    I've been offered a Gandolfi tripod. It looks to be the genuine article, it follows the same pattern as a modern one, but is painted black. He bought it along with a Taylor Hobson 1/4 plate camera and is thought to be from about the same era.

    Any ideas as to a fair price? or how I could confirm it's authenticity?

    Thanks

    Martin
    Astonishingly little. Twenty or thirty quid, unless it's in perfect condition or has a maker's plate. Gandolfi also made these for many other companies. I have one I was given by a friendly shop because it was missing a butterfly nut and looked ratty.

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    R (www.rogerandfrances.com)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks
    Astonishingly little. Twenty or thirty quid, unless it's in perfect condition or has a maker's plate. Gandolfi also made these for many other companies. I have one I was given by a friendly shop because it was missing a butterfly nut and looked ratty.

    Cheers,

    R (www.rogerandfrances.com)

    What sort of weight will the Minor and Major support?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lachlan Young
    What sort of weight will the Minor and Major support?

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    Well, my first Major (30+ years ago) allowed me to sit my then fiancee on it and wind it up with her sitting on it. I wasn't too concerned about vibration, obviously. My current Major will just about hold my 12x15 inch Universal tailboard, though it's at the limit. It's not a weight limit, just vibration. I'd say, realistically, if you're worried about vibration, 15-20 lb., but a lot depends on the camera design.

    Minors, dunno. Never owned one.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks
    Well, my first Major (30+ years ago) allowed me to sit my then fiancee on it and wind it up with her sitting on it. I wasn't too concerned about vibration, obviously. My current Major will just about hold my 12x15 inch Universal tailboard, though it's at the limit. It's not a weight limit, just vibration. I'd say, realistically, if you're worried about vibration, 15-20 lb., but a lot depends on the camera design.

    Minors, dunno. Never owned one.

    Cheers,

    Roger

    Thanks for the information - it seems like not many tripods could come close in the secondhand price/weight supported ratio!

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    The Minor is a neat tripod. Also good for a 4x5 SLR.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Over the darkslide of the moon of Roger's then fiance

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    Oh and sorry - Regards to you Roger

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