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    Containers for Vertical Print Processing (Poor Man's Slot Processor)

    I have a Nova Trimate, and love it. I'd like to be able to have both color and b/w chems mixed at any given time, and I can't afford a second Nova. I'm imagining in my head some kind of sealable, veritcal Tupperware thing that would hold an 11x14 print, and wouldn't have a big footprint. Does it exist? I haven't found anything.

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    If they had one that was one gallon! That's the right idea, though.

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    There are 1 gallon tanks like that. There are some that are even smaller.

    IDK where to get them today.

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    The problem is getting something narrow enough so that the solution volumes are manageable. Also, the sides need to be rigid to resist the stress of the solution pushing out the sides. Unfortunately, you need something like heavy acrylic which then gets expensive and requires some skill. In the end, you buy another Trimate!

    For B&W, consider single tray processing. That is what I do and it works great. I sold my Jobo 16x20 Quad.
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    Tray processing (single or otherwise) won't work for me due to space limitations, lack of a sink, and unwillingness to pour chems in and out between sessions, or in the case of single tray, between each step. The Trimate spoiled me! I don't have to mix chems until they are exhausted, as the dowel rods on top of the slots keep the air out. I cannot for the life of me understand why the slot setup is not the standard, and why I can't walk into B&H and buy a vertical tray with lid for $20. It's just so obvious! Why are these not mass-produced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbphoto View Post
    Tray processing (single or otherwise) won't work for me due to space limitations, lack of a sink, and unwillingness to pour chems in and out between sessions, or in the case of single tray, between each step. The Trimate spoiled me! I don't have to mix chems until they are exhausted, as the dowel rods on top of the slots keep the air out. I cannot for the life of me understand why the slot setup is not the standard, and why I can't walk into B&H and buy a vertical tray with lid for $20. It's just so obvious! Why are these not mass-produced?
    I second that! I just got a Jobo drum with insert that can take 20x24" sheets, but these vertical trays would be perfect for smaller prints.

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    I'll Tell You Why

    Quote Originally Posted by cbphoto View Post
    Tray processing (single or otherwise) won't work for me due
    to space limitations, lack of a sink, and unwillingness to
    pour chems in and out between sessions, ....

    The Trimate spoiled me! I don't have to mix chems until they
    are exhausted, ........ I cannot for the life of me understand
    why the slot setup is not the standard ........
    MOST darkroom workers DO have space for 3 or 4 trays, DO
    have a sink, and ARE willing to save or dump chemistry. Also
    there is less reason to keep the same chemistry till exhausted.

    I have space limitations but do have a sink so single tray one
    -shot processing works well for me. The chemistry can change
    from one print to the next. It is used very dilute.

    I would need 7 trays or slots to duplicate what I am doing
    with 1. I've fresh chemistry and water each print. I do use
    a second tray for hold & soak. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    MOST darkroom workers DO have space for 3 or 4 trays, DO
    have a sink, and ARE willing to save or dump chemistry. Also
    there is less reason to keep the same chemistry till exhausted.

    I have space limitations but do have a sink so single tray one
    -shot processing works well for me. The chemistry can change
    from one print to the next. It is used very dilute.

    I would need 7 trays or slots to duplicate what I am doing
    with 1. I've fresh chemistry and water each print. I do use
    a second tray for hold & soak. Dan
    New York City real estate makes it a bit difficult

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    What about Kodak Stainless tanks for 8X10? I don't remember them being more than 4-5" wide. The hangers themselves don't have a lot of value on the used market, usually in a a dealers "please take this crap of my hands" bin.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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