Following a tip-off from a friend, I went along to a local charity shop on Saturday to have a look at an Axomat 5 that was for sale. I didn't need an enlarger, but the fact that this one was described as "new" and was priced at £30 made me think that it might be worth a look. I'm normally cynical of things that purport to be "new" and are really only "new-ish", but this was brand spanking new, in its box with all the accessories wrapped in their original tissue and the odd bits and pieces still in sealed plastic bags. It was the B/W version, not the colour head type, but I couldn't resist it.
I set it up at home and was pleasantly surprised. Everything fitted together well and the construction approach seems to be along the lines of the proverbial brick-built outdoor convenience. All the moving parts seem to do so very smoothly and certainly in a much better way than my ageing Durst, so I reckon it has to be worth a try.