Yeah I'm going to go into blue moon...I get filmed developed there a lot and its a great store.
don't think I want to try and take the lens apart...I don't have a good track record taking apart intricate items..I'm the guy that ends up with a few parts left after taking something apart and putting it back together.

I'm planning on using this for portraits as I'm not a big landscape guy...but really its mostly just an experiment...I got the whole kit for $100 with a full pack of polaroid type 55(and a holder) so I really cant complain

I'll try the CLA route and maybe look into a picking up a wider lens so I can use something in the mean time

thanks for all of the replies...LF can be overwhelming