Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/02/22

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Subject: RE: [Leica] BD and the M7
From: "Austin Franklin" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 10:36:28 -0500


> Yes there will always be machine shops , but the small shops that are
> willing to do one and two part jobs are going away.

I must be lucky.  I have THREE machine shops in my little rural town, and
they seem to have plenty of work, and have been around for quite some time.
At least in my area, meaning the Boston area, I believe there will always be
small shops, as there is a lot of engineering that goes around here, and the
need for them is high.

> Our experience in it is not that easy to get
> enough people to put up the money to have the parts made.  People will say
> they would pay the money, but when it comes to putting the money on the
> table it is another matter.  This is all from experience not just
> conjecture.

A friend of mine has found the opposite, at least for camera items.  I think
you are basing your conclusion on a different set of circumstances.  Most
high end cameras have a large following, relatively...take a look at the
backlog getting Sherry or Don to fix your Leica...  Anyway, he's been having
made Minox parts that are no longer available from the factory, like shutter
blades.  He's more than doubled his money, and he still have %70 of his
initial purchase of parts left.  So, for some things, it DOES make perfect
economic sense.



P.S. No horse is too dead to beat some more.

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