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    Service for Durst Enlargers

    Is there anyone other then Durst-Pro-USA who services Durst enlargers in the USA?

    Edwin

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    What do you need done?

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    Simply a general question...no specific needs now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahler_one View Post
    Simply a general question...no specific needs now.
    Sounds like something for this forum, no?

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    To be more specific, it's well known that Durst equipment is thought of as being the "premier" when it comes to enlargers that are built to exacting specifications. However, now that Durst is no longer in business, owning Durst equipment obviously might make ANY service-including replacing of parts-more difficult. I have a Durst 1200 which is currently working to specifications. However, whom do I call when the inevitable need for replacement parts or repairs occur? One can use Ebay for parts, of course. Are there any known and respected Durst "specialists" other then the one noted? Research shows that the company noted is both acclaimed and reviled...acclaimed for having parts and expertise, criticised for being slow to respond and some what aloof.

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    Yes...understood...acclaimed but reviled; after a handful of transactions with said organization I can say that I've experienced both. In fact I have a few horror stories but this is not the place to get into it. Fortunately, there are few things to go terribly wrong in the mechanism itself. But then there are the electronics. I had a blown out est 1000n power supply and I was looking at a $1,500 replacement cost from our friends in the n.w. not to mention an indefinite back order (and I've already already been there before). I was able to get the schematic from Barry Neuhard of Neuhard assoc. Barry used to be a licenced Durst service man. Barry is good people. Not only did he hook me up with an original schematic for the power supply as well as the maintenance manual but he also sold me an extra power supply for parts, all to the tune of $200. Once you have the schematics repairs can be done by any qualified electrical engineer. I found a very competent circuit board repair shop in South Bend, IN. They got my power supply up and running in no time...I didn't even need to send in the head. The only other guys I know of are Stonemills in Canada and Glennview in IL. Stonemills bought out a distributer some time ago. They have an entire file cabinet full of Durst manuals as well as some schematics. Glenview has a smattering of used stuff sold at a premium but actually very reasonable when compared to that other guy. Hope this helps you see a little further down the road.

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    I bought a spare enlarger. Of course, if it is rare and/or expensive that may not be practical, but L1200's were being sold for 100-150 GBP or so here at the time. I also managed to buy a spare power supply for my AC1200 on the auction site recently (thanks to a tip-off) for peanuts so I have a spare should my existing one fail.

    It's often worth keeping an eye on the auction site in case something useful comes up for little money that you can store until needed, or to be sold on later with or without the enlarger.

    Good luck, Bob.

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    Where is Neuhard Associates located frotog?

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    I have had dealing with both Barry Neuhard and Stonemills and have had good experiences with both in regards to Durst parts and manuals. I use both a Durst 138S and an AC800 and have stockpiled some extra parts and manuals because of parts starting to become harder to find.

    http://www.neuhardassociates.com/
    http://www.stonemills.net/inventory.html

    Gord

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    Thanks so much for helping Gord! I'll take a look about.

    Ed

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