Still using your Valoy?
I share your ideas about this enlarger, it is a beautiful tool !
About the part in your post re the cleaning: do you know you can also remove the condensor simply by pulling it down from underneath the lamphead? You need to twist the condensor a bit and it will drop down. Reverse the action and it is as simple to put it back. I also used to clean mine by taking the condensor assembly apart (the 8 screws), but this way is the typical Leitz solution - in fact it reminds of how one removes the condensor of the Leitz Focomat 1C, the difference being there the action does go upwards.
Make sure you remove the negative holder before taking out the Valoy's condensor - even though you'll tilt the head backwards, it would not be hard to damage it by accidently droping it on the negative holder . .
I attach a picture of this enlarger, so folks know which enlarger we are talking about
Last edited by Hilo; 04-13-2013 at 02:09 AM. Click to view previous post history.