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yodaman
03-15-2001, 11:12 AM
Not so long ago in galaxy near you....

A local camera store owner who is about 80 years old is retiring from the business. I call him up and ask if he has any old flashgun equipment for sale. He says "come on down and we'll take a look." For about 2 hours we are crawling around in a creepy, dark, wharehouse attic with a crappy flashlight looking for flashguns (you know which ones I mean!). All the time we're looking, this old gentleman is telling me stories about all the old equipment that we saw and the pictures he had taken over the decades (he was a photographer in WW2 and had a story for everything).

Then it happened. His flashlight stumbled upon a box of old flashgun components, and guess what. We found 3 Graflex 3-cell flashguns and a Heiland Synchronar. All were in excellent condition! I was stoked beyond belief...

He ended up selling me all the flashguns (and some great war stories) for an awesome price. Now it's time to buy the conversion kits and start cranking out some lightsabers.

Just had to share that experience - very cool. http://www.collectstarwars.com/ubb/images/icons/cool.gif

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"The circle is now complete..."

[This message has been edited by yodaman (edited 03-15-2001).]

Boba_Fish
03-15-2001, 11:24 AM
Wowee! Congratulations yodaman! You've had the find we all dream of! http://www.collectstarwars.com/ubb/images/icons/grin.gif One day I hope to be so lucky...

Scott_D
03-15-2001, 04:29 PM
You rule!!! http://www.collectstarwars.com/ubb/images/icons/smile.gif

Sell me one! http://www.collectstarwars.com/ubb/images/icons/wink.gif

Welcome to "Club Graflex..."

Scott D.

rmschneider104
03-15-2001, 07:11 PM
Great find! Nicely done. I have visited all of my local camera shops and talked to them about flashguns (and not letting on that I need to convert them). Everyone just tells me that they have no idea how I'd find one (other than ebay) and wishes me luck. I've also checked out the local antique shops, but with no luck. I've also emailed some camera dealers on the net, but that hasn't lead to anything either.

I'm sure there are still some out there, but I just haven't been able to find any in my searches over the past year or so.

Any tips to share? Especially from those folks that have scored them already? I'm ready for a new strategy.

yodaman
03-16-2001, 01:30 AM
I made the mistake of thinking that I would never be so lucky. All it took was 3 phone calls, and within 2 days I hit the jackpot. Believe me, if you put the time/energy into the hunt, it will pay off. Those Graflex flashguns are out there waiting to be found.

Now if I could only find a MPP Microflash...
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"The circle is now complete..."