Yeah, I have been having a lot of fun with my new toy . . er . . . tool, as well as in learning how to work on the Panoram. Not to worry, though, as I won't mess it up. Actually I started with a Panoram that was completely jammed and with a frozen film winder and now have it working fine. All I really need to do is replace the bellows (which was worn out) and the bubble levels, and maybe work on its focus.
As for finding a Panoram to buy, they are quite common on that auction site, many times with 3 or 4 being listed simultaneously. Right now there is only one (a model 4B) listed on there. It seems that the model 4's have been selling for somewhere around $200 - $300, though the current listing has a $650 BIN. That is way overpriced, but then I don't trust anyone who advertises something as RARE, ANTIQUE, or COLLECTABLE, as those words are intended to snare the naive buyers . . . folks knowledgeable about stuff that is rare, antique, and collectable don't need to have those attributes pointed out to them!!
Those 3 words are generally much overused and abused, and much more likely to be thrown around in a scam deal rather than a legitimate transaction.
The Cirkut cameras generally do bring very high prices . . . about what a truck-load of Kodak Panorams would sell for . . . so don't expect to get that one for a Panoram-level price. The Cirkut is a much more mechanically complex professional type camera than the Panoram, and are still widely used as working cameras by both amateurs and professionals. Ones with deep pockets!
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