For the past 4 months, I've been heading out to a local darkroom that isn't that local. (about a 2 hour commute each way). I'm now heading in a direction to build my own darkroom. I'm looking for some guideance to lead me down this unexplored path. I've got an enlarger, that is itself a long long story. Beseler 45 MX. During the shipping process the head was damaged. Beseler 45A. According to my research parts for repair the 45A is difficult to find. So the first order of business is to find a new head. - What kinds of heads will fit easily on the Beseler 45MX? I'll be printing black and white only. I'm also looking to block a large window in a room that I will be converting into a darkroom. I have some heavy black fabric; the nice sales lady said that it was light tight. I will wrap it around a board and smush the fabric wrapped board into the window. Hopefully to block all external light sources. - Will this work? - Do you have any suggestions? - Is it not enough for the day time? - I should stop asking so many question and do it. Then try one of those coin testing opperations. I got an enlarging lens that is in pretty rough shape. If the lens is in really really bad shape, what kind of results might I expect when I print? spots? - Do boardless easles hold paper flat? I like the idea of printing the picture to all four corners, but it seems it might be a problem if the paper can't be held down flat. Shopping list: - second enlarging lens? - timer - negative carrier - easel - tongs + treys - grain focuser My last question: - am I missing anything? Thanks edit: Additional shopping: - safelight - 4x5 film carrier note: I already do all my processing at home. Thumbs up and check check.