Wayne, it's a sign of the times: if an outfit like Essex can falter you can bet that others will follow. The problem is this 'old stuff' that you talk about: the business from that simply cannot compete with the AF and digital stuff. There will ALWAYS be repairmen for the Leica and Contax and other sexy stuff but the Spotmatics and SRTs and Nikkormats will have to be abandoned. I have a feeling that there were many tears shed at Essex and Sandy, the storm, was the final denouement. - David Lyga