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    I have two. Both are Saunders one is really old and dirty but still works. (14x17) The other is is a 16x20 Saunders that is new to me and is immaculate.

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    I got a steal on ebay recently, a near mint condition Saunders 4blade, 20x24 for $250. Gotta be quick, but sometimes they come up for a decent price.

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    I second the ebay notion, I just picked up a 14x17 Saunders easel for $60 shipped.

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    Many thanks for all the replies and advice. I'll be going for a new easel sometime this summer but, very regretfully, it's been put on hold for a little while as I apparently need a new fence more than I need a new easel! :-(

    I'll probably be going the new route and probably for either a Beard or a Dunco, as Saunders are like rocking-horse droppings on this side of the pond. Of the two a Beard is most likely, provided I can talk Calumet down on price by a good old chunk.

    Again, thanks for all your help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Les McLean
    Like Jim, I have spent good money on cheaper easels and finally bit the bullet and purchased the Beard 4 blade easel and it's superb.
    Les, is your Beard 4-blade a 20x16? If so, what's the smallest paper size you can comfortably use?

    I can only buy one pro easel so I'd like to make sure it'll cope with the largest paper size I'm likely to use (especially when there's not much of a price difference between the 20x16 and the 16x12). However, I do most of my printing currently on 10x8 (which is considerably cheaper in both paper and chems!) so if there's a problem working with smaller paper sizes on the big easel I think I'd be better off knowing before I spend the money!

    Thanks in advance,

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    My order for a Beard 20x16 4-blade easel went into those nice people at Calumet today. Many thanks to one and all for your advice and wise counsel!

    Regards,

    Frank

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    I have my own set of photographic 10 commandments. One is; "you live by the crop & you die by the crop". What that means (to me at least) is a well cropped shot will catch a persons eye...the crop stops them and makes them really study your photo.<p>And so how do I crop? On the baseboard, always...never in the camera (as often the possibilities of the shot aren't visible during the moments leading up to the exposure). So with my theory’s in mind you’d be right in thinking I print some odd ball sizes…5x8’s, 3x6’s and lots of squares. And what do I crop with? A 4 bladed masking easel.<p>I really like the LPL 4 bladed easels. Cheaper then the Saunders V tracks but harder to find. The V tracks are also good but of coarse the royalty is the Dunco’s & the Beards with their pinline masking kits. Problem with them is you’ll have to mortgage your soul to afford them.<p>What I did want to add to this topic though is the following thought. If you’re going to buy a hulking 16x20 masking easel and use it with 8x10 or 11x14 paper most of the time, remember to think about if you’ll be able to position that huge easel on your enlargers baseboard when your making those 8x10 prints. Quite often you’ll find you can’t use that big easel because the enlarger’s column is in the way. So a good idea is spend your hard earned money on what you’re going to use the most…and only you’ll know what that is.
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    My soul is now mortaged(!) but you're right that the Beard isn't going to fit on my baseboard. My plan (such as it is) is either to overlay the baseboard with a sheet of hardboard or (more likely in the long term) to dismount the column and fit it either straight onto the table or onto a DIY platform.

    I do take your point about choosing an easel to fit your most popular paper size. However, after the advice I've had here and a long chat with the gents at Photon Beard, I think (and hope!) that the big beast'll fit the bill.

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