Jobo and Calumet
I talked with a Jobo employee today who said that a company called www.omegasatter.com will be taking over Jobo USA's duties in the next couple of weeks. They look to be a pretty solid outfit with many diversified interests. When I asked this Jobo employee if the new company would be retaining the former Jobo USA employees he said, "no-we're going have to find new jobs". He suggested that I download all the CPP-2 manuals and guides while it's still available.
Calumet no longer has Kodak paper for sale on their website except for AZO. I wonder how many photographers have bought freezers to store their favorite papers?
Fred Picker advised his students to buy and freeze large quantities of a certain bromide Kodak paper way back in 1973!
It looks like India and the former Soviet bloc countries will be the salvation of analog photographers.
Does anyone really think that 4x5 sheet film will cost $8.00 per sheet?
This would be very good news for us who use Jobo's , Omega Enlargers and Forte Paper. I have three suppliers now in one.
Exept Omega-Satter doesn't handle Omega enlargers anymore. They handle LPL I think. Unless they're handling both lines which would seem strange.
One issue is the color analyzers. When Jobo dropped the Colorstar 3000 Omega picked it up. Will Omega carry the 3000 and the colorline models that Jobo was carrying? Or will they drop one or the other?
If you go to the web site listed above in the first post, they do list Omega Enlargers.
I will go out on a limb here. I suspect that Omega is developing an Digital Head much like the Deveere unit and that is why they are still listing the chassis and their interest in Jobo line.
I would bet 50 canadian dollars this is the case.