Because enlargers are SO EXPENSIVE to ship, you are best off finding one local to you where you can go a pick it up.
I just shipped a Durst F30 to my nephew. And it cost me $30, cheapest way US mail.
The enlarger only cost me $25.
As for specific models; I like the Durst setup, IF the seller still has the original box. My M600 packs well into its relatively small box for storage when not in use. I have a C series Omega and the box is 2x the size of my M600s box. Much more clumsy and difficult to handle.
Since you want to also do 6x4.5, for the Durst, you need to start at the F60 (6x6 format) or M600.
As for glass/glassless, it depends on what the prior owner did. I have my M600 set up for glassless 35mm. But for 6x6 it would have to be glass, as I did not buy the glassless negative masks for 6x6. I do not know if a 6x4.5 mask is available for the older enlargers. Parts for the older Durst will be difficult to find, and when you do, expect them to be relatively expensive. Durst was not a popular enlarger in the US.
And I second what momus said about the cost of parts.
I have a Durst L1000, and finding missing parts was difficult and the cost of the parts more tripped the cost of the enlarger.
So what was originally a good deal, in the end was NOT a good deal.
As for you darkroom. You will have to be creative.
I use the half-bath in my house to print with my M600.
I put the enlarger on the toilet, and turn 180 degrees to process on the counter, using an old Honeywell rocking print tray. The rocking print tray lets me process using only ONE tray, so I don't need much counter space. Then I take the finished print to the kitchen to wash.
If you can find a tray stacker, give that a try. The Honeywell rocking print trays are difficult to find on eBay, because they were not a popular item when they were sold back in the 70s.
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