Well, I got the ventilation in today and installed the wall mounted shelving that the enlarger sits upon, hung three graylab timers, and a brace of safelights, cleaned up the Jobo and put the Print dryer up on it's stand... almost ready to start printing!
I have a few of enlargers I have been hauling around for years, just for this moment; an ancient Omega B2, a Omega C760 dichroic, a Chromega B dichroic, a simple Unicolor 35mm enlarger and a Federal 470 "watermelon on a stick".
After placing the Chromega B dichroic on the table, dusting it off and playing with the controls, I flipped on the light and racked it up to see how high the head had to go with a 35mm neg carrier and a 50mm lens to get an 8 x 10 image and was shocked to find it went off the baseboard BEFORE it made the 8 x 10 size! That doesn't seem right...
I checked and made sure it was the right baseboard and it was. I checked the mounting on the column and it was fine and did not appear to be warped.
Am I nuts in thinking that this particular enlarger should make 8 x 10 native on the baseboard BEFORE running off the end of the baseboard toward the operator?