Excellent easel. I just un boxed the one I had to buy for my college photo classes 10-12 years ago for use in my new darkroom. I always kept it in its original box when not being used and it still has a lifetime of use left in it. I think it was almost $200 new back at the turn of the century and I thought my instructor was nuts for making everyone buy one, but he was right in having us buy quality equipment.