Just wanted to re-iterate what has been said about the Meopta - solidly made (probably used to be made in a tractor factory; but hey - you WANT solid in an enlarger!). I had one for 35mm for several years and it never gave me a problem.
Just a suggestion: forget getting a B&W specific enlarger - the extra cost of one with a colour head is minimal and it's so much easier to use for B&W, as others have pointed out, by dialing in the VC settings. The diffusion head of a colour enlarger will also help to reduce the effects of the inevitable occasional scratches on your negatives compared to the the sharp, all-revealing light of a condenser based B&W enlarger ...
Good hunting. Cheers, Bob.
Never mind... I eased the pain by winning this today...
Originally Posted by TPPhotog
yes it's old... but it works, and best of all it's shiny!
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.