Are any Aussies in the market for a darkroom sink?

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by PeterB, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. PeterB

    PeterB Subscriber

    Messages:
    638
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2005
    Location:
    Sydney, Aust
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    I rarely see sinks for sale on ebay in Australia, so I thought I'd highlight this recent find
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/6mm-PVC-Industrial-Darkroom-Sink-with-splashback_W0QQitemZ7562640000QQcategoryZ106751QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Being professionally made from 6mm PVC, it's bound to be a good investment.
    I paid around A$1200 to have mine made a couple of years ago.

    BTW I'm not affiliated with the seller at all, I just wanted to increase the chances of it finding a worthy owner (i.e. a DIY analog enthusiast).

    regards
    Peter
     
  2. Lyn Arnold

    Lyn Arnold Subscriber

    Messages:
    87
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2004
    Location:
    Sydney, Aust
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Thanks PeterB. The only catch is that I'm Sydney-based, and the sink is pick-up only in Melbourne.
    regards,
    Lyn
     
  3. PeterB

    PeterB Subscriber

    Messages:
    638
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2005
    Location:
    Sydney, Aust
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Lynn, I don't know your situation, but for me time is money and I know that myself and others have spent a lot of time researching and/or making sinks themselves. If you have plenty of time to spare maybe you want to make your own - if this is the case then you are generally limited to epoxy covered wood. (materials will be a couple of hundred $$). If however you have lots of money, I could recommend where you get one made in Sydney. If you have neither much money nor time, why not place a last second bid for the one on ebay? Set your bid price to how much you can afford minus shipping costs for a courier to pick it up from the seller and dropping it off to Aus Post or a friend in Victoria. Failing that just drive down yourself to pick it up!

    regards
    Peter
     
  4. chiller

    chiller Member

    Messages:
    184
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Location:
    Adelaide Aus
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Oh the lament of a photographer in Adelaide "right now" rebuilding his darkroom.

    What a great sink.

    still Melbourne is just down the road from Adelaide and isn't Sydney just up the way a touch :smile: from Melbourne?

    Ah well time for plan "B"
     
  5. Nige

    Nige Subscriber

    Messages:
    2,089
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2002
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    yes, ring a courier up and get a quote before bidding. It wouldn't be very heavy, just an awkward shape. It might go real cheap, although you never know, I'm amazed how much interest there is in some weird things these days!

    My sink is actually very similar except my well area is at one end rather than in the middle.
     
  6. Nicole

    Nicole Member

    Messages:
    2,548
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I'm even further away in Perth, hmm, I guess it's just around 3000km. :smile: What's the chance of one coming up on Ebay in Perth? Zilch. Looks like I'll have to make my own when the new mega-shed is built.
     
  7. Mick Fagan

    Mick Fagan Subscriber

    Messages:
    3,054
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2005
    Location:
    Melbourne Au
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Basically distance isn't the problem, finding some way getting it interstate is the major problem but isn't hard.

    As someone who hase lived and travelled most of this continent, I have frequently called upon different peoples to help deliver some of my interestingly shaped stuff. Also with the majority of my travelling being on a motorcycle I have learnt to cherish any friend with a ute.

    Now that said, Kew is about 40 minutes away across town, picking the thing up in our trailer for someone wouldn't be that hard, finding another person to get it to say, Western Australia, is another story!

    Mick.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 15, 2005
  8. Nicole

    Nicole Member

    Messages:
    2,548
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Hi Mick, we have a ute, even with a canopy :smile:
     
  9. Mick Fagan

    Mick Fagan Subscriber

    Messages:
    3,054
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2005
    Location:
    Melbourne Au
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Nicole, start bidding!

    Mick.
     
  10. Graeme Hird

    Graeme Hird Member

    Messages:
    696
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2004
    Location:
    Fremantle, W
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    Nicole, I have one I'm going to part with soon. If you make your trip to Kalgoorlie before Christmas, you can have a look at mine.

    Chiller, I'm driving to Melbourne just after Christmas and can bring mine with me if you like (and if Nicole hasn't snaffled it by then) - it'll help offset the cost of the fuel for the Kalgoorlie-Melbourne trip.

    (Approximate dimensions of my sink: 200x75x25 cm)
     
  11. chiller

    chiller Member

    Messages:
    184
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Location:
    Adelaide Aus
    Shooter:
    Multi Format

    :smile:

    How much??
     
  12. Nige

    Nige Subscriber

    Messages:
    2,089
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2002
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    for the 2nd Annual Australian APUG get-together?
     
  13. Nicole

    Nicole Member

    Messages:
    2,548
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    if the 1st one was in Melbourne, the 2nd Australian APUG get-together will have to be in Perth. :smile:

    Yeah Graeme, how much? Tim want's to see the matt-cutter although was a bit shocked when I said we'll be driving to Kalgoorlie, lol

    We'd have to bring the ute!
     
  14. Sponsored Ad
  15. chiller

    chiller Member

    Messages:
    184
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Location:
    Adelaide Aus
    Shooter:
    Multi Format

    Get the sink and the matt cutter -- saves an extra trip later. :smile:
     
  16. Graeme Hird

    Graeme Hird Member

    Messages:
    696
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2004
    Location:
    Fremantle, W
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    Nicole,

    I just spoke to my friend with the matt cutter - he says he is still using it occasionally and does not want to part with it. Greedy if you ask me! I mean, why would you buy a $30,000 computerised matt cutter and then keep a grubby old manual one worth only a couple of thousand? :D

    My old sink? I reckon $300 with 10% going to APUG might be fair, but we'll see what the going price is for that one on ePay. With everybody going digital, it might only be scrap value these days ... :sad:

    Regarding the "2nd Annual Oz East Coast APUG Convention": yeah, that could be a good thing to aim for. I still like the idea of the "Inaugural Annual Oz West Coast APUG Convention" though! We may need to meet in the middle for the "Nul-APUG Convention" :D

    Cheers,
     
  17. Glenn Mathison

    Glenn Mathison Member

    Messages:
    474
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2004
    Location:
    Brisbane, Au
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    2nd Aussie APUG meet?

    Sounds like a great idea to me. I missed the first one in Melbourne but would love the chance to meet up if it happens in Melbourne ealy next year. While I'd love to go to Perth (I've never been there) it's a bit far to drive. (I can drive for free but flying costs me.)

    Nicole, I felt sure your monster darkroom would be complete by now. What's the story, maybe you need to crack that whip a bit harder.... :smile:

    Regards
    Glenn
     
  18. Glenn Mathison

    Glenn Mathison Member

    Messages:
    474
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2004
    Location:
    Brisbane, Au
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Posts 1

    Seems like a Welcome to APUG is in order Lyn. So WELCOME !!!

    You'll see there is a small but very friendly bunch of Australians here. Try and take the time to drop into the chat room some night, preferably with a drink in hand. Hope to see you there soon.

    Regards
    Glenn
     
  19. Glenn Mathison

    Glenn Mathison Member

    Messages:
    474
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2004
    Location:
    Brisbane, Au
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Slightly OT

    Any Sydney siders going in to the half yearly Camera Fair at Ultimo this weekend? I'll likely be there with a couple of film enthusiasts I work with. Maybe we could meet up after for lunch? PM me if interested.

    Glenn
     
  20. roteague

    roteague Member

    Messages:
    6,671
    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2004
    Location:
    Kaneohe, Haw
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    It is a nice drive; a long one, but a nice drive anyway. I've made it several times, most recently last month (actually only as far as Wodonga this trip, then down to Bright).
     
  21. David

    David Member

    Messages:
    309
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2002
    Location:
    Melbourne, V
    Shooter:
    ULarge Format
    Hi, I live about 15 minutes from Kew and could pick up the sink pretty easily if someone buys it. It doesn't take too much to make a nice sink either.

    We should get together again. Nice idea. I'd be in.
     
  22. PeterB

    PeterB Subscriber

    Messages:
    638
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2005
    Location:
    Sydney, Aust
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Sold to a first time eBayer, mmorris1974 for A$182.50. I hope they make good use out of it.

    Peter
     
  23. Kevin Caulfield

    Kevin Caulfield Subscriber

    Messages:
    3,271
    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2004
    Location:
    Melbourne, A
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I had a crack at it, but it went for more than I was prepared to pay. And I don't actually have space for it yet anyway.
     
  24. PeterB

    PeterB Subscriber

    Messages:
    638
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2005
    Location:
    Sydney, Aust
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
  25. Magpie

    Magpie Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Location:
    Penrith NSW
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    SHHHHHH!

    I was hoping no one else saw it :D

    This one would make a perfect pot plant stand until I get around to building my dark room.

    Brendan
     
  26. PeterB

    PeterB Subscriber

    Messages:
    638
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2005
    Location:
    Sydney, Aust
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Brendan, I was going to suggest that you 'Buy it now' but the seller has removed that option on the 27-Feb-06 08:47:17 AEDST.

    regards
    Peter