Print Dryers - Who is still making them?

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    Is there any companies still making RC print dryers?
     
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    Arkay Regal. I saw them assembling some a few months ago.
     
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    Oops, I just realized that this about RC paper drying...
    Thus forget about the the hot drying/glazing apparatus linked to above.
     
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    I bought an RC paper dryer a few years ago, one of a number of darkroom bits and bobs I bought when I retired. It's a hot air blower over 3 flat racks. But it makes the paper buckle and curl up, whereas air drying - just lay the prints on newspaper at end of session and leave overnight, they dry perfectly with a slight curl in one plane - is much more efficient.
    However the good news is that when we got a new super-efficient boiler and the cellar became cold in winter, I can just switch on the dryer half an hour before I want to start, and bingo! ambient temperature down there is 68 F.
    Richard
     
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    What about infrared dryers of the past? A list of makes and types would be helpful. An IR gives better gloss and reduce veiling.
     
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    Regal/Arkay is still making very basic and very complex models. They are available through B&H
     
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    Were you able to go on a factory tour? :smile:
     
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    Glad to hear it, it seems to me very elegant dryer, and when not in use can be used for other things, beer stein holding such
     
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    One can use a regular hair dryer and not even have to squeegee, let alone take a second mortgage on the house.
     
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    go for a drying cabinet instead. you gt those for next to nothing these days. marrut is a name -brand drying cabinet.I just sold one for less than$100.
     
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    Itested several drying methods and could not find an difference in print color, gloss or veiling.so I went for a warm -air drying cabinet for simplicity and convenience.
     
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    until the electric bill comes.
     
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    The IKEA solution is awesome. Surely I must implement this. Much less real estate than my screen squares.
     
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    It has served me well - for prints (can hang around 14x 8x10" prints at once), AND film, in all formats... Couldn't really be simpler or more compact - and if you mount it a bit above head height (not so high you can't reach it easily), it's not in the way of anything at all!

    Marc!
     
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    Thanks for all the replies, I have ordered an Arkay Regal.