Chromega D Dichro II head lever adapter...

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by Dave Swinnard, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. Dave Swinnard

    Dave Swinnard Subscriber

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    I was just given a Chromega D Dichro II head for my D5 but not the lever adapter kit. Before I start modifying the current components I'd like to ask D5 owners the following question...

    Given the currently installed condenser head has the stock lift lever components, can I get away with simply replacing the existing steel shafts (connecting the left and right arms) with longer ones to accommodate the extra width of the dichro head? (Or are there "other bits" that I need to deal with/replace?)

    Given the new lamp house (and Chromegatrol timer/power supply) came as a freebie (and my wife's view on spending more money for the darkroom - BH wants US$147 for the 429-115 kit), I'm looking at doing a minimal cost conversion. Comments from folks who've lived through the lamphouse conversion most welcome.

    Regards, Dave
     
  2. Ronald Moravec

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    Call Harry at Classic-Enlarger.com. He makes up kits at reasonable cost. Maybe you only need a few of the parts or he has a used set-up
     
  3. jstewart

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    I recently converted a D2 head to a Chromega Dichro. I spent less than $1 on a piece of 3/8" aluminum rod at the hardware store to replace the shorter, existing rods. Use an allen wrench to remove the brackets (the arms that attach to the head) and then place them on the new, longer rods. Really easy surgery.
    Jim
     
  4. Dave Swinnard

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    Thanks Jim, that's the sort of first-hand, encouraging news I was hoping to hear.

    Have you had any wear issues with the aluminum rather than steel rods?

    Dave
    (on the way to the hardware store...)