Beseler 45V Problem

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by RLB, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. RLB

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    I posted this under another APUG forum, but perhaps this is the better venue. I apologize to folks who are reading it twice.
    I recently acquired a Beseler 45V with a variable contrast head from my local art museum (its photo dept has gone digital). The problem is that the controller (#8573) for the head is not working. According to Beseler, this controller is no longer made. Does anyone by chance have one available that he or she is willing to sell? Ebay has nothing. Any other suggestions welcomed.

    Thanks,

    Rita
    Philadelphia
     
  2. Nick Zentena

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    Maybe you could have your current unit fixed? Does Beseler have a Philadelphia repair outlet?

    The other choice is to write off the head and buy a used replacement or even a whole used 4x5. Used Beselers aren't exactly high dollar items right now. In the end it maybe cheaper to buy a second enlarger then to worry about the current head.

    This assumes you aren't stuck on the VC head which is going to be harder to find then the condensor or colour head.

    If you really want a VC head maybe consider a new Arista?

    Thats about it for my ideas.
     
  3. Todd Barlow

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    Hi, I would recommend KBH Photogrpix in Mississauga

    http://www.khbphotografix.com/

    They sometimes have units to sell, but that option can be very expensive, but they are also capable of repairing the units on site in their shop.

    I have a Universal 45 and have bought parts and pieces for it from KBH.

    Best regards

    Todd
     
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    Which controller do you mean? I have a color controller that I could sell. If you want it, PM me with an offer.
     
  5. RLB

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    Thanks, Todd. I just sent an email to KBH. Rita