I've finally purchased a Seal Commercial 210 mounting press, and am now in need of advice concerning the type of mounting tissue to use. I will be mounting Azo 8X10" prints (single weight) as well as double weight 11X14" prints, also baryt paper.
I would welcome advice concerning the type of tissue, manufacturers and any economical sources (european as well as American) for the products. I was just at LightImpressions web site and see that they have their own lable of tissues which are substancially less expensive than the origional Seal. Anybody have experience with these tissues?
A last question which may sound silly but here goes. Are there any substitutions for a tacking iron? Can you use a soldering iron? And if I bought an origional tacking iron in the US, for about $50, (110 V) would it be possible to use in Germany (220V) (where the same item costs almost $150!!! by merely changing the plug? I mean, it's only a piece of metal that heats up when electric current runs through it. No motors or electronics to worry about, right? (I told you it would sound dumb...)
Thanks for any and all advice!
William congratulations, I have had one for many years and I love it. So here goes. I used Kodak mounting tissue type II but unfortunatelly it is not very common so it is hard to find. I changed to the Seal archival mounting tissue and it works great. I liked the Kodak because it is a little bit thicker base and it would be great for Azo. The Seal will work great and you can remove the print if you mess up the board. Since I have not used the Light impressions tissue I am unable to tell you if it is good.
If you go to the photo techniques web site look under their "new products" file and you will see a tacking iron made by Vermark International. It seems these are the same people who make the Zone VI tacking iron, it is great, it slips just under the print and it is very simple to regulate the temperature. I would recommend this over the Seal tacking iron a 100 times. I have both and I love the little one. Since this is only a heating element it might work as you say and not give you too high a temperature. Which is what would worry me if the voltage was higher.
BTW you owe me a review of the Bergger contact paper.....
Do you have the URL for photo techniques (Vermark International)?
I hadn't though about the fact that the higher voltage might result in a higher temperature.
As far as the Bergger paper is concerned, I was mistaken. I was not given a sample of the contact paper, but rather a package of VC paper and 2 packs of graded paper, numbers 2 and 3.
This much I can say about the Bergger paper. I was not impressed enough to make the change from my "standard" baryt paper, which is Kodak Polycontrast Fine Art, and now that I'm getting into Azo for my contact prints, which are about 85% of my work anyways, the kodak paper will be seeing less and less use in my darkroom. But as I always say, choosing a B/W paper is like choosing a mate....there is a right one out there for everyone.
Hey, how about hooking up an American tacking iron to a soldering iron voltage regulator??? That would still be a lot cheaper than springing for a european (220V) one.
Ah heck, the have removed the September/October magazine so you wont be able to see it. Tell you what go to the Calumet site and they have the Zone VI iron which is identical. Since they have an Eurpoean store they might have it in 220V.
I think the URL is http://www.calumet.com
Ah hell, how do you go from Calumet to Kraft?? anyways I got you the correct URL now.....
Thanks Jorge, I found it.
Strangly enough, they do not specify it's voltage, but that's probably because they assume that if you're buying from the UK store, you'll be wanting a 220V item.
It does look like a modified soldering iron at that. But the price of 34,95 pounds which is about 55 Euros is quite acceptable. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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Sorry for the wrong URL....by the time I corrected it you had found it. Anyways I think you will be very happy with the iron.
It should be the right voltage because a shop here sells many Zone VI products that are 220v. If it's not you can pick up a regulator from an electronics shop. The regulators here are around 20US dollars.
I just got an Email from Calumet saying that the tacking iron was 110V and not 220V as I had hoped and or assumed. I always thought Englands standard was 220V.
If anybody out there has a source for a 220V, reasonably priced tacking iron, please let me know.
Just to wrap things up. Calumet never returned my emails asking about the voltage of their tacking iron, so I moved on to Silver Print in the UK. They too have a similar unit, and it's 240V and is the same price as the Calumet unit. So the order has been placed.
Thanks for the assisitance!