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    As an alternative to the Nova processor you might consider a print drum and a roller drive. Such a setup takes up considerably less real estate than trays. I picked up a used 11x14 drum and drive recently on the classified section of one of the photo forums for $30 including shipping. The only downside is that you cannot see what your print looks like until it is completely processed.
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    I've looked into the Nova processors, and they make sense if you use replenishable chemistry. I usually develop in amidol, so I would have to do something like develop in a tray, and have another tray for water bath, then the Nova. I could see doing it if I had the space set up the right way.
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    My setup is like your David, I just have to lift my enlarger onto the dryer. It still takes a while though.
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    Some ideas:

    • You might get a stackable washer and dryer to free up some space for an enlarger table.
    • Keep the Nova and a print washer on a mobile cart.
    • Install retractable clotheslines for drying prints.
    • Install hinged, drop down shelves on the walls that can be lowered when needed.
    • Use one-shot chemistry, all liquids to minimize storage and speed up preparation.
    • Laundry rooms are dusty. I would paint with semigloss paint that can be wiped down and get rid of any carpet.
    • Install a solid core, steel exterior door which has a good light tight seal or use a black plastic curtain to seal out light.
    • Upgrade the lighting if needed so that you have appropriate task lighting.
    • A grease board (dry erase board) on the wall can be helpful for working notes
    • If you don't use a Nova, use single tray processing for prints.
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    When I looked into the Nova, setting it up on a movable cart and using one-shot or one-session chemistry did not seem like good ideas. They don't recommend moving it, because it isn't built to withstand that kind of motion with all that liquid in there. Users I had asked reported that the valves are kind of slow and emptying it is something of a process, so it is meant to be used with replenishable chemistry. Part of the idea of the vertical processor is that you have less surface area exposed to the air to reduce oxidation. One of the attractions of the Nova, if it works for you, is that you can leave it there, and if you have a half hour to print, you can do something productive in that time without a lot of setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    When I looked into the Nova, setting it up on a movable cart and using one-shot or one-session chemistry did not seem like good ideas. They don't recommend moving it, because it isn't built to withstand that kind of motion with all that liquid in there. Users I had asked reported that the valves are kind of slow and emptying it is something of a process, so it is meant to be used with replenishable chemistry. Part of the idea of the vertical processor is that you have less surface area exposed to the air to reduce oxidation. One of the attractions of the Nova, if it works for you, is that you can leave it there, and if you have a half hour to print, you can do something productive in that time without a lot of setup.
    I agree. I meant for negative processing. However, if you have the Nova on a solid cart with good caster, you can slowly move it while loaded (even with a loaded print washer side-by-side). To a degree, I think that is safer than lifting it manually and moving it around.
    Jerold Harter MD

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