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    Nova darkroom equipment

    Any experience?

    These gadgets looks great, but their price is totaly crazy

    I'm thinking about monochrome processor and [font=ARIAL][size=-1]washmaster[/size][/font]


    I've found only this thread in archive

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum43/31357-excellent-nova-darkroom-imaging-warehouse.html


    thanks

    j.

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    I know what you mean; far too cheap.
    Regards Dave.

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    I have been using their 11x14 sized, 4 slot processor for a few years now and it's top notch equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juraj Kovacik
    These gadgets looks great, but their price is totaly crazy. j.
    Dear Juraj,

    The prices are quite reasonable for top-quality hand-made equipment to which there is no real alternative.

    I've been using Nova gear for maybe 15 years, and it is superb. I have whittled it down to two Quads, 12x16 inch and 8x10 inch; a washer; a couple of hand lines for E6 (35/120 and 4x5 inch); LED safelights; and a few minor accessories. I used to have a 20x24 Quad and my wife Frances Schultz and I have tested other Nova kit for the magazines over the years.

    If you look at the free 'Our Darkrooms' module in the Photo School at www.rogerandfrances.com you'll see the 12x16 Quad sunk in the work-bench in our current darkroom -- a trick I've not seen anyone else do, but which tires your arm much less.

    As well as prints, I've processed 8x10 inch film in Novatanks.

    Cheers,

    Roger

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    Than you all

    Roger, a very nice trick with that sinking quad.
    Canuck, I've to check "notch" in dictionary, but I've get it
    Dave, exactly that is the point. Too cheap to be really atractive :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juraj Kovacik
    Than you all

    Roger, a very nice trick with that sinking quad.
    Canuck, I've to check "notch" in dictionary, but I've get it
    Dave, exactly that is the point. Too cheap to be really atractive :-)
    Dear Juraj,

    The dictionary probably won't help. 'Top-notch' is a slang term for 'among the best'; an older version of the same thing is 'top hole'. The image is that it's high on the tree as far as quality is concerned.

    Cheers,

    R.

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    If those vertical print processors came with something equally well thought as themselves to do the cleaning...
    Anyway, worth every penny.
    Luis Miguel Castañeda Navas
    http://imaginarymagnitude.net/

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    If you don't want to spend that much, you can use some DIY solution.

    For example: http://www.paladix.cz/clanky/proceso...ni-papiru.html
    I guess you should have no problem with understanding.

    I'm thinking about building something like that myself as I don't have enough space in my darkroom for tray development of large prints. I'm thinking like 55x45x1cm - that should allow me to do up to 50x70cm prints with 2.5L of chemisty. I'm worried about paper sticking to the glass, but that should be probably solved by adding some vertical wires around the walls that would guide the paper in.

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    On eBay in the UK you can pick up a trimate 16x12 for under £100 and the 8x10 for between £60 and £80. I've been using one for a few months and wouldn't be without it. For larger prints I've started using Jobo drums and an old Beseler motorised base. The one advantage over the Nova is that I can change print developer per print so that I can use both warm and cooltone developers in one printing session.

    Muihlinn, I have a well designed and economical device for cleaning the Nova. It's called the wife (runs for cover whilst avoiding well aimed kicks)
    So many drummers, so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juraj Kovacik
    Any experience?

    These gadgets looks great, but their price is totaly crazy

    I'm thinking about monochrome processor and [font=ARIAL][size=-1]washmaster[/size][/font]


    I've found only this thread in archive

    http://www.apug.org/forums/showthread.php?t=31357


    thanks

    j.
    I got 12 x 16 and 16 x 20 two slot processors off Ebay and they are excellent products. Well worth the money and save time setting up and cleaning up.
    A later post refers to sinking the processor in the work bench. Well that's the wheel reinvented twice that I know about in Wigan! It's well worth doing not least of all because I can now sit down when playing at printing
    Cheers
    Jeff

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