Quote Originally Posted by Rich Ullsmith View Post
I've been looking on and off since 2003. ...

Goes without saying, as soon as I have one made by hand, next day my neighbor will have a garage sale and it will turn out he has a D5 buried under all the garbage.

A D5XL came up for sale locally, first one I have ever seen, but they want $500.
Where are you? I have a D5XL with a dicro II head, a turret, and all the neg carriers (eleven of them) and lens mounts one would ever need and I cannot hardly give the thing away in a metro area of six million people.

Seriously, I am not saying you need to buy mine, but in ten years, I could have found you 15-20 for anywhere from $50 to free. And, yes, some people want $500 for them, but they don't sell. You are going to go to a lot of trouble, and just as much expense to try and repair the thing as just getting another chassis - if not a whole enlarger. Just my opinion ...