I think it has more to do with teachers not understanding f-stop printing and/or being unwilling to change from the way they've always done it. I have sold a few units to schools but I could count them on probably just one hand.
Ansel Adams used a metronome. If it was good enough for him, it should be good enough for us.
It's a little off-topic, I suppose, and with apologies to Nicholas and Richard, but I don't at all understand why f-stop printing is considered so radical or exotic. It's the way I got taught years ago, and so it seems like forever that I've thought in those terms when printing. What other way is there to consider exposure times?
One of these days, soon I hope, Richard or Nicholas will be selling me a timer though.
I agree with John though, for most of us, new just doesn't make sense, with the volume of excellent gear that's available for pennies on the dollar.
For institutions, I think new still makes sense if a darkroom is getting equipped all at once, assuming the money is there.
So true, Nicholas. All my gear is used, except for some trays I recently bought (the used ones were $2 more than a new set.) I'd love to get my hands on a used f-stop timer, but I have gathered from previous posts and discussions elsewhere, that anyone who purchases one of these falls in love with it immediately and never wants to part with it!
My local store has a goldmine of used gear, and I always check on a semi-weekly basis just in case they have a gem I really need.
I purchased my Meopta new in the summer of 2005, but I don't know when Meopta stopped production. A couple of the accessory boxes have 'Made in Czechoslovakia' imprinted on the box, although though the enlarger head is 'Made in Czech Republic'. Perhaps the situation is similar to ILFORD photo still printing www.ilford.com on boxes or sales of Meopta parts are in rather low figures.