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    Do not use brass, bronze, galvanized or aluminum in any way in which they contact photographic solutions.

    Use plastic or stainless.

    PE

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    PE, still wondering if I should worry about the developer. Do you have a thoughts on this. It's a 4 gallon tank of xtol.

    Thanks.

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    If it were me I'd throw the stuff out and get new chemistry. Clean all the containers and parts until they look like they're brand new. And I'd make sure of using the proper metals when attaching accessories to the developing system. But that's me because many of the photographs I make are from events that could never be duplicated ever again because the people usually are not actors and couldn't replicate the emotions shown during the event, except they would be very unhappy if it had to be staged a second time because of my screw-up. As you can tell from the "tone" of this memo I take this quite seriously.
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    Yeah, I scrubbed the reels and tanks, and replaced the fixer. The developer is a bit more painful to dump though b/c it's a 4 gallon tank for xtol that I just finished getting seasoned after about 100 rolls. I will dump it if need be, but wanted to ask wiser minds before I just assumed it was bad.

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    You have beautiful photographs on your web site. Do you develop more for fun or do you do this for your business? I find there are only so many hours to the day and I like to enjoy life, especially at my age (I'll be 62 in June) and I've learned to delegate whenever possible, freeing up my time to do the things I want to do and will max out my sales/profits.

    At any rate, beautiful web site and wonderful images!
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    Take a roll of film and just shoot it and process. If it seems ok you might get away with it. Whenever I had doubts with my processors, I would rather sacrifice a $300 rebatch than risk screwing up a job.
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    Bill, thanks for those nice words.

    Richard, I actually ran 15 rolls this morning. It was a bit thin, maybe 15 percent underdeveloped. But I'm still trying to find a equilibrium w/ xtol, so who knows if the tanks bad or what.

    Guess I dump it and start over. Lame. Don't mind the $, but do mind the time and film to get it back to a decent state.

    Thanks again for the help guys.

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    Just a thought...

    Decant and filter at least a gallon of the developer.

    Then experiment with "seasoning" a small quantity of new developer by adding the old.

    You may be able to make use of all or part of the old.
    Matt

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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Thanks for all the info guys.

    Dumped it all. Worries over.

    I did get a new handle welded on the rack yesterday. But they only had 308 stainless, not 316... But the great part is the welder, when I asked him how much, just asked if I had any spare film I could give him. Love it. Gave him 10 loose rolls of film outta the freezer.

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    308 will be just fine.

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