Hi Dan,
My SWC is sitting right next to me while I peck this out. $500.00 might be a tad high for just a CLA, but if they had to dig deep to get that Antelope dung out I can sure see it running $500.00. People don't seem to understand the time involved just taking something like a SWC apart and then putting it back together again. Not even mentioning the skill involved. The nice thing about German cameras is that the Germans believed in using the best raw materials in the manufacturing process. No shortcuts like we American manufactures take now. It's absolutely disgusting how they use a well known and well respected name and put it on a P.O.S. product now. Well, so much for the good old days! Happy shooting! JohnW