Hi michael, yes i realized that my plan of shooting wet plates don't really need a shutter, but i think that will be a great plus if i ever use the camera for other than wet plate.

as for the condition, i haven't bought it yet, but the photos looks good, as they are mostly (i think) from 1980s and a bit of researching found out that most of them are used in a studio for portrait uses.

and the few people who i've talk to who have the camera seems like it enough.

where do you got the india cameras? the big bay? i tried to find some camera locally but no luck as most of them already fell into the hands of antique dealers and priced exorbitantly.