I recently was approached by the art instructor for a local high school who had just received a $20,000 grant for digital photo gear and was going to have the darkroom area remodeled. She has no idea of darkroom processes or equipment, and showed me a picture of one of the enlargers, of which they have several, and said "I don't even know if they still work or if you can get parts." It was a Beseler, and I assured her that not only did most of them probably work, but that there was no doubt parts were available and repairs easily done.
I offered to look the gear over, suggested that she keep at least one or two in good shape, save a couple for spare parts, and build a smaller darkroom where students still could try darkroom work if they wanted. It really doesn't take much space, and the running water is still there. The grant makes her hell-bent for digital, but she does understand the historical and hands-on value of the traditional craft.
The high school happens to be my alma mater, and they still have the gigantic gray 4x5 Beseler enlarger I used there 40 years ago. She wondered if it had any value or if it was dumpster material.
Last edited by pgomena; 06-26-2012 at 12:53 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: corrected a mis-statement