Discussion in 'Australia' started by brucej, Dec 18, 2007.
where are you buying your Alternative Process chemicals in melbourne ?
Hi Bruce, I've been wondering the same thing. Now that I've got the 8x10 Iwant to try pyro and pt/pd printing and there is nowhere in Geelong to buy the chemicals.
Vanbar in Carlton and in North Melbourne used to stock a few alternative process kits etc, and maybe they still do, so you could try them. Otherwise, Photo Resource in Collingwood can probably get them for you.
I bought some standard chemicals for D76 and like processing, on Saturday from Vanbar.
Their website has an extremely extensive list of chemicals, but some are missing for the more esoteric processes.
However talking about this on Saturday I was informed that there is a listing for the website and there is a complete listing on their system.
North Melbourne is where the chemicals and possibly their chemist actually are located. I would suggest you telephone after looking at their web site list.
The prices are quite reasonable, especially if you pick up, instead of getting delivered via Australia Post or whatever.
I telephoned and ordered at their Carlton office two Fridays ago, they telephoned me on Thursday to say the order was filled and ready at the Carlton store for me to pick up, which I duly did two days later.
They don't keep chemicals in the different sizes, they are all bulk and they weigh out peoples requirements to order only.
Quite good service I believe.
From Sydney I have found a couple of minor hitches with Vanbar.
The raw chemistry guy (Mario?) is part time so you may have to wait a couple of days -- of course if you fancy alternative techniques you are patient by definition!
Some volatile fluids cannot be shipped to -- in my case -- Sydney, even interbranch to the Sydney showroom, acids being notable here. It does sometimes help to explain that citric acid and similar are pretty benign, but it's hard to talk them into shipping glacial acetic acid, and probably rightly so.
Otherwise Vanbar service is great, as always.
Regards - Ross
Ok so vanbar it is then, but geez two weeks to fill an order ?
will try them out
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