I Need Help With a MacBeth 924.

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by silverhalides, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. silverhalides

    silverhalides Member

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    I bought a MacBeth 924 almost 2 years ago, and used it for a month. Then I unplugged it for over a year before trying to use it again. It now reads 0.00 no matter what density is placed under the read head. A calibration patch of around 3.00 density, placed under the read head, very briefly flashes a density near the calibration density (e.g. 2.93 or something in range), and then reads 0.00. It behaves the same on all seven transmission channels.
    Is anyone familiar with this problem? I need to know whether there is a quick or easy fix for this problem, or if I should start shopping for a new densitometer. Gretag MacBeth appear to be out of business, and the shipping costs to a repair shop (if I can find one) may be more than the instrument is worth.
    I am about to start an E6 sinkline, and wouldn't think of doing this without monitoring the process with control strips, so I need a good Status A densitometer. I would appreciate any advice from other 924 users.
     
  2. Usagi

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    My tr-944 behaves somewhat similar except it gives brief flash of all densities. So I can use it, but I have look the reading carefully so that I don't miss it.
    I have also zero the densitometer after taking reading, otherwise the next reading will be relative to previous.

    As your's densitometer also flashes reading quickly (except showing only high densities), I wonder if this is some common issue.

    But why only densities near 3.0, strange.
     
  3. Mr Bill

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    If you turn it off, then back on, does it still read 0.00, or does it show the hash marks which mean it has not been zeroed?

    If the off/on cycle reads 0.00 immediately, it sounds suspiciously like the "zero" button is being held down constantly. If so, maybe working the button a number of times might free it up. Good luck.