Quote Originally Posted by jmcd View Post
"The lower half of the negative stage doesn't move when you open up to insert negative carrier. This result is less play and better alignment."

This is the same for the V-XL—the stage that holds the negative carrier is stationary. I really like mine (I used to have a 45M.)
That makes sense. I was beginning to wonder why Beseler did not continue to use the stationary design. They did, I just never came across a VXL. Thanks for the info.

I have been satisfied with the basic 45M's, and its only in this new era of low priced used darkroom equipment that I decided to upgrade in some areas.