Questions to ask when looking to purchase a used enlarger

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  1. keedokes

    keedokes TPF Noob!

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    That's the title of my essay.

    Anyone want to fill in the body? I'm going over to look at a Beseler 23c tomorrow, and it's been awhile since I've been in the darkroom. I've never owned an enlarger of my own. So what do I ask this dude? If it turns out to be in good condition, this should be a pretty good deal.

    So can you finish my homework for me? :p
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Check to make sure the bellows are in good shape. Make sure all of the adjustments work correctly. 23Cs are known to require rebuilds of their focusing mechanism--not a whole lot of work, but something to consider. Check the lens. Also look for a lot of dust. Open the condenser and see. Mine was FULL of crap when I got it. Not that big of a deal, but still worth looking into.
     
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    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Be sure that the power supply is included in the deal [if the enlarger requires one] and that it works properly.

    Make sure that you know which bulb the enlarger uses and confirm a source of supply for a replacement if needed.

    If the enlarger is a 'color head' type, check the operation of the filter dials.

    If the enlarger is not of the color head type, check to see if a set of VC filters is included.

    Check to see that the lens [or lenses] is [are] included. Be sure that the lens is correct for the enlarger. A 75mm or longer fl lens is not the one which should be included in an enlarger intended for 35mm.
     
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    Steph No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Also, check that a negative carrier is included in the sale.
     

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