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    you can get glass inserts for the carriers very easily. Mr Cad has them, ot at least did.

    I had a 504 and now I have a 10x8. soft grades for sure, so i develop for longer than most. VERY solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stanworth View Post
    I had a 504 and now I have a 10x8. soft grades for sure, so i develop for longer than most. VERY solid.
    Tom, what head are you using?

    Trevor.

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    My current enlarger is a 5108 and I use the Dichromat colour head for VC papers and even with older negs I find I get around GD 2 with no filtration so it's not a particularly soft head. In addition it's fine with Pyrocat stained negs.

    Ian

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    Ian, I also have a 5108 with the same head... which has a tendency to "fall": do you think a new spring would cure that? Such a head is pretty heavy!
    Thanks in advance.
    Philippe Grunchec

    "The fundamental problem any artist faces in regard to craft is that it must be largely ignored" Richard Benson.

    http://philippe.grunchec-photographe.over-blog.com/

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    Philippe, I'm not sure if there's someway of adjusting the tension, I'd have to try and find my De Vere service manual. Usually with Durst's there's a friction pad to stop enlarger creep and this wears over time and needs adjusting, but I've not had a problem with a De Vere.

    You can lock the head or focus with the knobs at the back just above the baseboard at the back, where the column attaches to the base.

    Ian

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    for those saying that a MG head is better for strictly b&w printing, isnt a color head the best head for b&w printing because its basically split grade printing made easy? and even more precise than split grade printing? im asking because i am slowly aquiring darkroom supplies for some future darkroom i think im gonna have and ive been told a color head is better than a MG head. i have been printing on a saunders LPL 4500 XL for some time now and love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kauffman v36 View Post
    for those saying that a MG head is better for strictly b&w printing, isnt a color head the best head for b&w printing because its basically split grade printing made easy? and even more precise than split grade printing? im asking because i am slowly aquiring darkroom supplies for some future darkroom i think im gonna have and ive been told a color head is better than a MG head. i have been printing on a saunders LPL 4500 XL for some time now and love it.
    Strictly speaking a Multigrade head will be superior for variable contrast papers, and particularly for split grade printing because it's calibrated for B&W use. However in practice it's what you are used to.

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    got it. another question, ive used a devere 504 with color head and the contrast control is much more precise, by that i mean you have way more control than half grades like with ilford filters. does a MG head produce superior prints if both used well or when it comes down to it, is it really just which one you as a printer are used to?

    to the OP, the devere 504 i used was the best built enlarger ive ever used, that and the focomat 1c and v35 ive used are my favorite. you will not be dissapointed with the devere, its def. a professional workhorse and very easy to use.

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    A Multigrade head is just a more specialist colour head so it's possibly easier for some to use, but there's no differences in quality of the final images.

    Ian

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    I have a bench model 504 with the Ilfospeed head which Ian referred to. If you can find one with this configuration, make sure all the mixing boxes you need are with it, the mixing boxes are beyond scarce...Evan Clarke

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