45MX with support rods in front or behind?

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  1. KennyMark

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    I have the older model 45MX and the newest as well. The newer (black paint) has the support rods for frame mounted behind it. The older (gray paint) model has the support rods mounted on the front side of the frame. I've seen photos of the oldest model with rods in both places.

    Since that chrome tends to reflect some light, I've applied tape to prevent this.

    My question is whether that model permits the rods to be mounted in either configuration or did Beseler manufacture them to be first in one position and then eventually the other. I'd like to have the rods behind the frame, but that appears to create an issue with the frame mounting points. I can't tell if that's possible without disassembling and I'd just as soon learn from someone else's knowledge and experience before I tear it apart and find out it will only work one way, and then have to reassemble for naught.

    Has anyone changed theirs?

    Thanks,

    Kenny
     
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    The 45 first came out with the support rods in front, then the next model had the support rods in back. You cannot change them.
     
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    I used one for many years, it does not reflect light toward the paper. Never had a problem with any size enlargements, b&w or color.
     
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    The problem I had with the ones that had the support rods to the front was that they got in the way of the easel.

    Years ago, I called Beseler about converting from front to back, it is possible, you need the longer rods that mount in the rear, and a longer base board, as I recall. Aside from that it's just a matter of drilling new holes in the rear of the rails.
     
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    Thanks for the product info Fotch. Bdial, that was the other problem that I was having. I noticed that the back side of the frame has a pair of holes at what seems to be the same height as my newer model, although I haven't measured it. I'll take a closer look. Good to know that Beseler said its possible. IIRC, the rods are threaded on each end so making my own won't be a big undertaking.