I have searched the forum on this topic but did not find anything that seems relevant to my situation.
I recently bought a liliput converted to D/G which I like very much. All good so far. The bellows look original but have been retaped and I did find one or two small leaks where they meet the frames so I took off the base end to investigate. Anyway, on removing the pins I found they were all bent - apparently deliberately. I say this as they are all pretty much the same - bent about half way down by similar amounts - 20 -30 degrees I would say (visual estimate only, I didn't get my protractor out
So, my question is - is this normal? In my very limited experience with other boxes the pins were (mostly) straight and never bent consistently like this. Is this normal on some boxes or is there a good reason for it? It also looks like the bellows gasket has been replaced and I don't know if that is relevant?
I should add that this doesnt seem to cause any major problems with the playability of the box. The airtightness of the bellows is perfectly adequate IMHO (particularly since I tracked down 2 of the leaks). Indeed, if they are the original bellows I am amazed that something made out of cardboard and leather is still working this well after ?60 odd years. What does happen though is that the bend in the pins means the heads do not sit flush with the outside surface of the box and they look a bit untidy.
Hope you can help.