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    I used to have a Durst M301. Very compact, easy to store in the shipping box. The m300 & m305 were very similar machines and the parts mostly interchangable, so fairly easy to find. Does 11x14's (just).

    I now have a Omega B-22. These are all over the place, I have been given two of them. The second a B-22 XL did not have all the parts, so I canablized the standard model for them. The standard model will do 11x14 no problem, even allows some cropping. The XL will do 24x24 with some cropping, in fact I just measured it today at 26.5 x 26.5 with the 2-1/4 square negative carrier and a 75mm lens, I am making a new baseboard for it to easily do 16 x 20 horizontally or vertically. Parts are real available, but for some reason used negative carriers and threaded lensboards are real expensive.

    The choice between the two is easy, for compactness, it is a great travel enlarger, go with the Durst; for versatility go with the Omega. Since I no longer do 35mm film, the Durst will not work for me, but it sounds like it would be just what you want. My real choice would be an Omega D2V, but I have given up on finding one locally, and can not afford the shipping from distant places on a 4x5 enlarger.

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    Anyone have first hand experience with a Durst M300? Good, bad?

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    I'm sorry to be redundant about the Focomat but... I own 5 Focomats and I use Two regularly (Ic Color and IIc). Outstanding, lovely things!

    The V35 is very compact and a dream to use. So swift. So smooth. You can find a Focomat for 200$ these days...

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    The Focomat may be a nice machine, however, the Durst will make as good an enlargment as your skill will allow.
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    Had an M300 many years ago. As I recall, fine. One issue with Dursts is the relative scarcity of lensboards and negative carriers - not much of an issue with a 35mm only enlarger.

    I would assume that, in today's market, you could pick up a Durst M300 or M301 for next to nothing and try it out.

    Also, regardless of compactness, some enlargers may be more suitable for repeated storage and setting up. For example, how well are the condensers secured? How repeatable is the alignment? How delicate is the mechanism?
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    "Also, regardless of compactness, some enlargers may be more suitable for repeated storage and setting up. For example, how well are the condensers secured? How repeatable is the alignment? How delicate is the mechanism?"

    Very good points!
    Now, where does that leave the Durst M300? There is one within a 2 hour drive that is complete and may be very reasonably priced (if that's possible in this economy ).

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    Working on memory, the head on the M300 is easily removed from the column. If necessary to avoid condensers shifting around, it should be possible to store the head in the same orientation as it sits on the column, so that's a plus. I can't remember how easy it is to remove the column from the base.

    Conversely, my B22 (which I'd be happy to sell if it was feasible to ship) is taller. You can easily remove the head and column from the baseboard, but you need to keep head and column together. The condensers can be jostled around if not careful. So OK if you're storing the head and column upright in a closet, but not so good if storing horizontal.
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    Some years back, I had an Omega B66. While a bit smaller than my 23CII's, not enough to solve my limited space problem. The Beseler's would probably go into heated storage, for the time being.

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    Since you already have a good enlarger why not get a mobile cart (office supply or maybe Home Depot). One that will accommodate the enlarger as assembled with the baseboard. Most of the carts have a shelf or two to store trays etc. I think if you have to assemble and align when you want to print those sessions will be less frequent. The cart may not take up much more room then the boxes.

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    Jeffrey, I have one enlarger already on a rolling cart. My problem is storage when not in use. We are in a semi temporary living arrangement, while taking full time care of my wife's very elderly mother. This won't go on forever, but has lasted longer than anticipated. So, I'm looking for a temporary solution.
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