The Rollecord went out to Harry Fleenor at Oceanside Camera in California, where after the cursory evaluation for repairs, it will be six months before I get her back. Such is the nature of Rollei repairs by the best remaining factory trained staff in the USA. The Cord has a film advance issue where frames on the negatives are not spaced eveninly and I suspect the shutter speeds are slow (as it consistently over-exposes compared to the other two Rolleiflex when using the same meter. Once cleaned, lubed, and adjusted, she will outlive me without need for another visit. The Rolleiflex 3.5F is with Paul Ebel for the same thing (he is fairly close by in Wisconsin and has about a four month wait), which leaves me the 3.5T to use, as it works perfectly. When you buy a Rolleiflex or Rolleicord off Ebay, the likelihood that it has not been serviced in fifty years is great, so you should bid accordingly, knowing that you are likely looking at another $350.
Slept in till 0500 and will head back to the Montreal River above Superior Falls with the Chamonix 4x5 for a few exposures, then home for a full Saturday of work around the farm. I love being outdoors, whether it be work or play and have never sat well. Seems as I age, I need less and less sleep. One thing on the list is to get the popup camper out of the barn and set up/cleaned and inspected, as I will have the boys in a week for their summer camping trip.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Tecumseh