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    Holy Moly, is this real?

    Hi all,

    Just stumbled upon this document on the Durst site (of course no analog enlargers anymore there), that documents a bit of history about the company.

    My eye fell upon the picture on page 2.

    Gaspppp! :o:o:o

    See the text "1942 The Dimensions are growing"

    Now where did I leave the jackhammer to make room for this in my darkroom?



    Also notice the hilarious remark about the "aesthetics" of the thing :

    "Apart from the function, the aesthetics also needed to be pleasing so special mixtures of lacquer were refined and refurbished for the surfaces."

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    Wow that is huge. The largest enlarger I had the pleasure of moving was a HUGE Salztman. Took 5 or 6 strong men to move.

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    I think the way the picture was made, the size of the enlarger is misleading. As the fellow standing in the picture is behind the enlarger base, it looks like it's actually not overly large, and is a close-up of the thing. After all, a 30x40 centimeter negative is about 12x16 inches.....not exactly a monster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jovo View Post
    and is a close-up of the thing. After all, a 30x40 centimeter negative is about 12x16 inches.....not exactly a monster.
    That is what I had been considering, until I noticed the visible shadows / reflections cast by the man and control column on the enlarger's base... I think it IS real...
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    I want to drive my enlarger to work too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco B View Post

    Also notice the hilarious remark about the "aesthetics" of the thing :

    "Apart from the function, the aesthetics also needed to be pleasing so special mixtures of lacquer were refined and refurbished for the surfaces."

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    What's so funny about that? It's an Italian company. Bella Figura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena View Post
    What's so funny about that? It's an Italian company. Bella Figura
    Yes, you are right , but shouldn't that also mean Italian engineering quality?... that can hardly be said of Durst enlargers

    Durst must be an exception in this respect than. But wait... it seems Durst might have more of a German heritage after all, being located in Brixen far up north in Italy in probably the German language region of Italy...
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    Many years ago, R.J. Reynolds were a client of mine. They told me that they would buy only
    Italian made cigarette -making machinery because of the quality of their engineering. An Italian company was the only manufacturer which could make the machinery to the tolerances required. Apparently, in the volumes made by RJR, if cigarettes were just a fraction of a millimeter too long it cost the company $3 - 5 million per year. Perhaps Durst also made the cigarette machinery??!!

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    Ic-racer: I would need a new darkroom !!!!!
    What a beast.......

    Feel a GAS attac comming up: ULF, ULF, ULF.................

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