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Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by thefizz, Oct 10, 2013.
Is there any companies still making RC print dryers?
I also have a nice one in my attic I can't seem to sell.
B&H has several in their catalog. I bought this, apparently unused and I am almost ready to try it. I paid $95.
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.
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.
RK photographic still list one but it's certainly not cheap.
What about infrared dryers of the past? A list of makes and types would be helpful. An IR gives better gloss and reduce veiling.
Regal/Arkay is still making very basic and very complex models. They are available through B&H
Were you able to go on a factory tour?
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
One can use a regular hair dryer and not even have to squeegee, let alone take a second mortgage on the house.
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.
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.
until the electric bill comes.
I use one of these, which works a treat -
The IKEA solution is awesome. Surely I must implement this. Much less real estate than my screen squares.
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!
Thanks for all the replies, I have ordered an Arkay Regal.