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    We have enlargers here in Lafayette IN Bessler Omega..
    e-mail me and if you come to indiana I'll take a case of yuinglings.

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    Well, I picked up a freebie. Beseler 23c. Previous owner said it was never used. It does look in new condition despite its age. I'll post a picture later tonight. It came with the original 50mm Beseler lens and a EL Nikkor 50mm. The gentleman also added a Cannon FTb with a Canon 50mm f1.8. The only issue I saw with the enlarger is the bellows needs to be reglued where it attaches near the head. No tears, no holes, just looks like the adhesive let loose. It has what looks like a 35mm slide carrier. I'll do some research on it. Now I need to find the rest of the darkroom stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vpwphoto View Post
    We have enlargers here in Lafayette IN Bessler Omega..
    e-mail me and if you come to indiana I'll take a case of yuinglings.
    I'd love to take you up on that, Yuengling would be ok but I'll find it difficult to strap an enlarger on the back of my motorcycle.

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    And here it is.......


    Beseler 23C by jmsnoopy650, on Flickr

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    Good choice, micwag. That's a classic 23C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkasha View Post
    Good choice, micwag. That's a classic 23C.
    Easy choice, it was free. When you say classic, how old might it be?

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    Congrats on the new toy(s). That monster will do all you want and then some. You can reglue the bellows with Pliobond, factory recommends it, I've done it and if you prep correctly it lasts for 20+ years.The El-Nikor lense is super for 35mm, you are going to need a 75mm or 80mm lens for 6x6 negatives, and of course the correct negative carrier. Good luck and have fun printing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by micwag2 View Post
    When you say classic, how old might it be?
    I'm going to guess about the same vintage as the wood paneling behind it .

    They looked like that (primarily the blue colour) in the early1970s.

    Here is a bit of a history which appears to be quite decent: http://www.oresteen.com/bess23c.htm
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    This site provides a potted history of the 23C. Judging by the color, yours was produced from the mid '60s to the mid '70s.

    http://www.oresteen.com/bess23c.htm

    BTW, someone is selling a very nice Dichro head on eBay for about $100. No relation to the seller.

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    Since you're in the USA a Beseler 23c or Beseler 67 is common and inexpensive. If enlarging to 6x7 recommend a LPL with dichro head for B&W & color. If your enlarging need is up to 6x9, the B-23 is the way to go.

    Rethink processing color if your just getting into DR work. I love B&W which is cheaper/easier to process. Moving to color you add the expense of color drums (JOBO) and nasty chems.
    RJ

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