The De Veres were the workhorse of the professional labs and were built accordingly - i.e. very solid and made to last. Being designed to take up to 5x4" negatives they are also large and heavy and are difficult for one person to move on their own... There are a few on ebay.co.uk - but be aware that they typically go for 200-400 quid even these days (but with four on the auction site at the same time, one may turn out to be a bargain - who knows!). The one you mention does not come with 6x7cm or 5x4" negative carriers which may be a problem (or not, depending on what you want it for - spares are available). Also, being a condenser type you will need a set of multigrade filters if using VC paper.
The LPL is a good enlarger too and will arguably be a better bargain if it sells for under 100 beer tokens. The LPL will only go up to 6x7cm but if that is as large as you intend to go then that is fine. Add some dishes, a safelight and chemicals and you are pretty much ready to go.
Good luck, Bob.
Last edited by Bob F.; 06-23-2008 at 04:51 AM. Click to view previous post history.