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    tossik, You don't say where you are, but it's possible there's an APUG member close to you who would let you try a different lens/see if yours needs replacing.

    I have found that some enlarger lenses age, & deteriorate, all of mine were in a commercial darkroom, I cleaned carefully but other probably didn't, If I can see the differences in prints, those lenses are retired, in fact the lenses I'm using now optically look like new

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    I worked in a photo store in the late 60's and a very finicky customer did some extensive testing comparing the EL Nikkor f/4 (this is before the 2.8 was marketed) against the Componon at 16x20, finally purchasing the Nikkor lens because the Componon was so much more expensive and no better. I bought the EL Nikkor f/4 myself and used it for many, many years. I finally came across a Nikkor 2.8 (a gift), and switched to it for the speed. I can't tell the difference in quality.
    As others have suggested, if you are not satisfied with your prints, maybe you can post a scan or two. You could have other problems, including the lens deterioration.

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