I believe the spec on the strut set-up calls for an inside angle of 85.5 degrees or 86 degrees, can't recall which one. Beseler tech can provide you with the factory spec should you desire to confirm this.
Regarding flexing stage.... the mxt is unusual in that bottom half of the negative stage has a spring-loaded opening to accept the carrier. Notice how when you open and close the negative stage you are not lifting the weight of the head at all. You don't have to be a mechanical engineer to plainly see that the weight of the head has zero effect on either the lens or the negative stage in this design. It's clear as day man! However, if you try to calibrate the negative stage without a carrier in the closed position you will experience alignment issues.
The saunders is a pretty slick enlarger. I've used them in rentals before - nice negative carrier. But unlike the Beseler, they cannot be aligned without major cludging - think machine shop retrofits (and you think you were having problems with the mxt!). They are permanently "factory aligned" which is why I don't care for them.
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