wow. thank you all for the nice warm welcome. good ideas here too. i am going to google the houston camera exchange and pay them a visit. i joined the large format photography forum a couple weeks ago, but right now i don't even have access to the classifieds there. someone mentioned that it takes about a month or so i guess...?
a few weeks ago, i was perusing ebay. a camera store from the west coast had a wista compendium shade at a buy it now for 49.00. that was a steal in itself, and someone pulled the trigger on it right away. after it sold, i was looking though the ad again and for that price it also included the bag bellows i have been searching for. what a steal for someone. oh well....one day.