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  1. #11

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    Hard to say what is a good deal these days with enlargers - prices seem all over the map for used equipment. My Beseler 45mxt cost me $150 and it came with a dichro head and 6 carriers. I have also seen them go for much more.

    At any rate, it looks like you got an excellent enlarger in excellent condition. Don't worry about anything other than settiing it up and enjoying it.

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    Hey thanks Guys.

    slumry, in reference to your analogy, I am the type who ALWAYS goes for the BMW, even when the Buick can do the job. And you are probably right. This is the last enlarger I will ever need....
    except for those 8 X 10 negatives... I'm getting a little tired of contact printing... maybe some 30 X 40's might look nice a la Ansel Adams and Clyde Butcher....h-m-m-mmmmmm

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    Ansel Adams built his own 8x10 enlarger, so you will have to build one and not just spend the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John D. Romano View Post
    This is the last enlarger I will ever need.... except for those 8 X 10 negatives... I'm getting a little tired of contact printing...
    I have an extra Beseler 810MXT with Aristo cold light head in excellent (less than 100 prints) condition that I'd like to move! PM if interested and I'll send you the details.
    Photographs by Richard M. Coda
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    "Speak softly and carry an 8x10."

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    Congratulations! I was watching that auction, nice to know an APUGger won it! Specifically referring to the LPL 4x5 enlargers, you got a good deal considering the extensive package. This from having watched eBay and other parts of the net for these for about a year. I've seen only one deal that was significantly better, an absolute steal for a very complete package... and the seller just flipped the whole kit back to eBay. Other folks are right, depending on what your needs are, there are 4x5 capable enlargers available for less. But these are delightful enlargers and you should be quite happy with it.

    With luck, I'll have my 4550 XLG hung on its wall mount within the week. ;-) None else of the darkroom will be ready, but I can print in trays on the floor as soon as I can figure a way to keep an easel off the ground!

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    I think you will be very happy with getting the enlarger for what you did if you end up using it a lot and using all the stuff that came with it. If you rarely use it, or rarely use all the extra stuff, maybe not so much. At any rate, it is a great collection of equipment for a small fraction of what it would cost new. Congratulations!
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    Who knows whether you could've got a better price. Fact is it's an awesome piece of equipment and to my mind at a great price with the two heads and all the accessories. More to the point you're gonna love it - so it's worth two to three times what you paid!
    Enjoy it!

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    "Why is there always a better way?"

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    Yes that looks like it will do you fine !!. All the extras really adds up when you have to buy them separately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
    Ansel Adams built his own 8x10 enlarger, so you will have to build one and not just spend the money.
    Yea I know Chan. I have read The Holy Trilogy from St. Ansel many times. I was being facetious.

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    Hi, John -
    I think you did great, but I'm biased since that's the enlarger I use.

    I hear people talking about great darkroom equipment being sold for peanuts on Craigslist or in the classified ads, but I've never seen a particularly good deal on anything I'd be interested in.

    Anyway, nice acquisition!

    Gary,
    East Snook, TX

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