About this time last year, I started itching to do larger format again. Coincidentally, I spotted a crown graphic in an antique store. I was in fine shape. The rangefinder was bright, the shutter worked on all speeds and it was only moderately dusty. The leather was fine, and it came with a case full of accessories, although they were mostly no good. It was $225, and at the time I didn't know that that was a reasonable price. The seller was not there and the people at the register assured me he would not reduce the price. (For $200 I would have taken it.) So I started watching ebay and eventually got myself a rather nice one for $107. I was happy. I love to shoot with it. I never quite forgot the one at the antique store. Yesterday I was back there, and there it was. I had visions of giving it a good home... and then I opened it up. Someone had stolen the lens, complete with shutter and lensboard. Also, someone had obviously not known how to open it and pried it open. The trim that says "GRAFLEX" was broken off and in little pieces in the bottom of the case. The leather around the top of the front was rather mangled from prying. And it was still $225. It such a shame. I wish I had bought it in the first place now. I could have given it a good home and put it to use.