Iím in the market for my first enlarger preferably one that goes up to 6x6. My first thought was to buy a new Paterson Universal (canít seem to find a review). But reading the forums looks like second hand is the preferred method as you can pick up better quality for less money.

However living in Australia the choice is much more limited than the US or UK. There is a temptation to take whatever comes along so Iím wondering, what are the things that can catch me out if I buy a second hand enlarger? I know there can be some issues with parts availability etc.

Are there a couple of models that are preferred that you canít go wrong with? Any models to avoid at all costs?

Or should I just get a new one that I know will work? It would need to be fairly compact to fit into a bathroom made for ants.