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    Who are current suppliers of contact printing frames

    I'm looking for retail suppliers/builders as opposed to eBay or other such resources. The variety offered with clips around the side are of no interest. Seems like I saw a thread recently about someone on this list starting to make them again. Looking to purchase two or three for a school.

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    Check with Bostick and Sullivan in Santa Fe, NM. I bought mine from them several years ago.

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    Dan Pelland

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    Just got one of his frames and I love it. Beautiful work and super sturdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsurit View Post
    I'm looking for retail suppliers/builders as opposed to eBay or other such resources. The variety offered with clips around the side are of no interest. Seems like I saw a thread recently about someone on this list starting to make them again. Looking to purchase two or three for a school.
    I would recommend the Pellend frames mentioned above, especially for use at a school. Primarily because Dan's frames have metal channels to receive the metal tabs. Those without them can become damaged over time if you are not careful.
    Last edited by Shawn Dougherty; 01-28-2014 at 02:24 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: typo

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    Freestyle Photo has quite a few. The prices on them are insane though. One has a mahogany frame and I think it's 200 bucks! You know, you could easily build one for $10 or $15. That's what I would do, have the students build them. You get a real appreciation for something like that, vs just going out and buying something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsurit View Post
    I'm looking for retail suppliers/builders as opposed to eBay or other such resources. The variety offered with clips around the side are of no interest. Seems like I saw a thread recently about someone on this list starting to make them again. Looking to purchase two or three for a school.
    It might help us if you told us what size negatives you will be using. I have always been told to get one size larger than the negative to include a good size print paper. I have three frames from Bostick & Suilvan and one Bill Schwab of Photostock fame. www.NorthLightWorkshops.com He is an excellent carpenter as well as photographer. All of the frames are very ridged and strong.

    I have taken a couple of alt process courses with really cheap old flimsy print frames. They ruin the experience. Quality really pays off here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momus View Post
    Freestyle Photo has quite a few. The prices on them are insane though. One has a mahogany frame and I think it's 200 bucks! You know, you could easily build one for $10 or $15. That's what I would do, have the students build them. You get a real appreciation for something like that, vs just going out and buying something.
    freestyle no longer sells them. at least according to my searches.......
    I don't think Bill makes them any longer either.
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    Freestyle doesn't currently carry any contact printing frames. Bostick and Sullivan does and Dan Pelland is taking orders for custom build frames. The ones with a bunch of little clips around the edges do not work for me. I have one from Freestyle a few years ago that works fine and several from B&S that I've bought in the past.

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    Freestyle told me they sold through their contact frame stock and are currently in talks with a new manufacturer. Expecting to have more in the next quarter or so.

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    yeah, the formulary ones with all the clips work but they SUCK to use and are rather loud snap/unsnap. well made but terrible design.
    www.vinnywalsh.com

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