Negative carrier doesn't fit valoy

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  1. isaacc7

    isaacc7 Member

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    After much searching, I managed to track down a carrier for my Valoy I. I kept reading that it could use the same carrier as the focomats and the auction that I bought it from said that it would work in the Valloys. Here's the problem, it doesn't fit. The long pins prevent me from inserting the carrier deeply enough to fully illuminate the negative. Plus, the silver film guide rails prevent the condenser from lowering onto the film. Either I don't have a Valloy, or this is the wrong neg carrier... It looks like the focomats swing open and the pins ensure that there is proper registration. My enlarger looks like the old valloys and focomats, but it does not swing open, there is a slot for sliding the carrier into it, but the pins prevent me from going far enough. HELP!

    Isaac
     
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    If you could post photos of the enlarger and the negative carrier, it would help.
     
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    I'm with Whitaker here. If you cannot post pictures, let me know and I'll get a valloy out of storage and make pictures of what it should look like. It's an outstanding enlarger when the condensers are in good shape and should be used. (If I find two of them, I'll see if I can get the carrier out.)
     
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    Staying true to this forum, I am digital cameraless:smile: I will see if I can scrounge one up and post some pictures. Another person has suggested that perhaps the Valoy simply doesn't use the long pins. On a related note, I find it amazing how little info there is on these enlargers. I have done many searches on both Valoy and valloy (which one is correct?) and have pulled up very little.

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    We can help you with it. It is a stone simple enlarger. There was at least one variant intended to make very large prints. It had a longer, heavy column and very large baseboard and an extra 'cooling bonnet' to permit hot bulbs. I have that one. It's a great enlarger.

    There was a clone of the Valloy called the Lucky, or some-such unscheduled name. I looked at one last year. It was inferior top to bottom.
     
  6. Ronald Moravec

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    I have good news. I found the carrier and it looks like all the othe Leica focomat carriers except the pins are very short. They are no higher than the film ramps which makes them perhaps 3mm high or about 5/32".

    A trade is in order. Use the PM function under member links at the top.