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    What to look for in a used enlarger?

    I found a Beseler 67c for next to nothing. I haven't used a darkroom since just after the Jurassic period. But I am very excited by the thought of returning to it. Can anyone suggest points to check when I go and look at it?

    Thank you for your time.

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    Good Morning, Jim,

    Structural stability and lack of obvious damage are basic. Take a small level. Put the enlarger on a level surface and check the negative stage and, if possible, the lensboard for parallel with the baseboard. Check the condenser lenses (any damage should be very obvious); make sure the electrical connection is sound, although that would probably be a very simple repair if not. An enlarger as simple as the 67C has everything pretty much out in the open; it doesn't take much to see if it's faulty.

    Konical

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    Thank you Konical

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    Also, on the back of the door that slides up there is a diagram of how the condensers should be positioned.

    Jon
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