Silvano Last Call!

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  1. CGW

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    Anyone's guess what's left but it will all be on the block this Saturday, March 24, from 10-2. I'm hoping to stay clear of the place but just might show up to take a few shots--strictly for historical purposes, of course! Right...

    http://www.silvanoimaging.com/
     
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    I should go...that would actually be cool. See if anything catches my attention.
     
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    There are Excel inventory files on their homepage but it's unclear if they're current. I heard the place was pretty well cleaned out--film is long gone but maybe some bulk chemistry remains. They had a fair collection of shelf queen cameras but most were supposedly non-functional. Be prepared for a flock of vultures.
     
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    There's a deVere in the list described as "never taken out of box". I wonder if that means it is new. Probably already taken I guess. Some interesting mat cutting equipment too.
     
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    I did not go...probably for the best, I would have spent too much money :tongue:
     
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    Did go and it was somewhat sad. My brother used them alot some time ago when he used to do weddings regularly. Surprised that there were few people there at the start of the sale, as I was the 4th one in the door.

    There was some discrepency between the list and what was actually available. I went there to see about some large format enlarging equipment including the 8x10 Durst heads listed, but they were already spoken for. Certainly understandable as the prices for them on the list were extraordinarily low, and if they got a better offer prior to the sale then they need to address their own interests.

    I did pick up some large format lenses in shutters, enlarging lenses, and 8x10 filmholders for a small fraction of their worth, so I am pleased with that.

    Now to find time to get out and use it...
     
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    Glad you got some deals, Len. I skipped it. Didn't see anything to pull me over there. Silvano's was running on empty and it was surprising they held out so long. Their film prices were good but low demand slowed up restocking over the last couple of years.Their processing had gotten very sloppy as volume tanked--switched to TIW with no regrets.

    They negotiated the shift to digital badly and never recovered their once-huge film-based wedding/portrait clientele.
     
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    My wife and I had to go ... as she worked there once, so we know Silvano Jr.

    Picked up some old cameras as this was Silvano Sr. collection ... only one was non-functional.
    Apparently others knew about these camera's as there was not much left by 10:45am.
     
  9. Len Middleton

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    Does anyone know what the disposition of the equipment on the last lab equipment list (inventory as of 3/30)?

    It still has the two Durst 8x10 Colour heads listed and those were of interest to me.

    I tried folloowing up via e-mail,but alas no response...
     
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    AKAIK, Silvano's is history. 3/24/12 was it. No site, no phone. "Last Call" meant get it while you can. Sorry!
     
  11. Len Middleton

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    CGW,

    Actually it is not that simple.

    I talked to someone last week and the situation on the Durst 8x10 Colour heads was not finalized, and I asked if it would be better to call back on Tuesday, when I did that found the phone number was no longer in service.

    Hence my question above...
     
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    You didn't mention any of that till now. Still, I'm guessing they're finished for keeps. Know from friends they didn't want to wait and dicker on the remains ad infinitum. Sorry!
     
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    CGW,

    You are right, I did not mention it as I did not want to go to the details of the back and forth discussions.

    I think you are right, and I consider the situation closed unless I hear otherwise.

    Just hope it all went to good homes...
     
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    They have a FaceBook page ... not sure if they are still responding there.