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05-13-2010, 01:27 PM   #16
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I've got 35mm negatives carriers, a grain focuser, almost an entire ilford multigrade filter set (though its unclear how to use them with this enlarger... anyone know?), a paper safe, a thermometer, tongs, trays, photoflow, film developer, print developer, stop, fixer, hypo wash, paper, chemical bottles, and funnels. Have I forgotten anything? I don't think so... All the chemicals I have bought new, so they're all fine.

Here are photos of the half cog I have. I see no part number on the cog or on the intact one still on the enlarger. I'd say that the diameter is about an inch.


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jzietman, congrats on your enlarger. Looks like a beaut. Good luck with it. Good to see it being revived.

But I gotta tell you...
This thread is not good for the addiction I thought I had beaten long ago.
I gave up enlargers over a decade ago and have calmly carried on with my photographic interests. I still develop my own film but haven't printed since that day back in 1999.
Now this thread!
I found myself last night sweating and salivating as I browsed through Craig's List/Ebay for an enlarger...
How do I explain this to the wife? Where do I place my darkroom? Is it economically feasible?
I always was a Beseler guy now I am wondering how the different neg carriers and filters I got, could be put to use. Wondering how the GraLab timer, easel, grain focuser, trays will all come back to life.

I'm just gonna hunker down and ponder this some more.

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05-13-2010, 02:34 PM   #18
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Some possible sources of Omega enlarger parts:

The manufacturer:
http://www.omegasatter.com

A USA seller:
http://www.classic-enlargers.com/

A Canada seller:
http://www.khbphotografix.com/omega/

Good luck!

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Hey J,
if other piece could be located, might be able to drill and pin back
together, until something better comes along.
Im going to look at 1/4 to 3/8 floor plate adapter for my body, shop has
descent old parts supply.Will ask about it. (Sat.)
Looks like terrific deal, Your going to have a lot of fun with it.

Bill

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Thanks Chris, I've sent a few emails from those links. The Canada seller explicitly sells what sounds like the cog (they call it an "elevation gear"), but I've asked the two USA places first since it would be cheaper to not pay for international shipping...

Does anyone know where to get a manual for this enlarger? I want to make sure there aren't quirks or parts that I should know about (I've never used this type of enlarger before).
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I obtained a copy of the manual for my enlarger from Omega Satter.

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Sounds good.

Now, I'm obsessing over which chemicals to buy. I've used the Sprint System chemicals extensively, but I'd like to use something a bit less crappy (unless, of course, people outside of community darkrooms would consider them alright).

Film developers I've got sorted out, and that's way too big a discussion.

Here's what I've selected for the rest of the developing and printing processes. I'm looking to be both economical and get reliable and decent results:

Paper Developer: Dektol (how long would one gallon [i.e. one packet of powder] last?)
Stop Bath: Kodak Indicator Stop
Fixer: Heico NH-5, 1 gallon (should last a while, right?)
Hypo Wash: Heico Perma Wash

I've heard great things about the Heico chemicals, but I don't know whether I would get decent results with some cheaper chemicals. Thoughts?

thanks again!
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Hey J,
made a call for you in regards to elevation pinion, drew a blank
wish I could of been more help, maybe sites posted by other folks
will be a help.

QuoteQuote:
Paper Developer: Dektol (how long would one gallon [i.e. one packet of powder] last?)
Stop Bath: Kodak Indicator Stop
Fixer: Heico NH-5, 1 gallon (should last a while, right?)
Hypo Wash: Heico Perma Wash
pretty much what I went with in past, consistant quality by Kodak looms large
seems like in past I was able to buy something along the line of a quart of
dektol (hydrated) ready to go,not sure if its still availble like that.
might be able to guage personal requirements in like manner.

Question I have for you is in regard to regulation of power supply to Big O
Is it integral to your unit? (built in)
non-regulated supply is not catastrophic to results
just offers stabilty to processing data that ensures repeatability down the line
could get a voltmeter and measure supply, jot down in notes
A dishwasher or washing machine running and cycling at same time your printing
could throw you off a stop or two if your unaware of it

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QuoteOriginally posted by BillM Quote
Hey J,
Question I have for you is in regard to regulation of power supply to Big O
Is it integral to your unit? (built in)
non-regulated supply is not catastrophic to results
just offers stabilty to processing data that ensures repeatability down the line
could get a voltmeter and measure supply, jot down in notes
A dishwasher or washing machine running and cycling at same time your printing
could throw you off a stop or two if your unaware of it
Hey, thanks for making the call, we'll see if my emails to different places linked above will produce any results.

I think the power supply is built in. The plug feeds into the timer which then feeds into the enlarger. I haven't yet nailed down how the electrical supply is going to work, I need to clean out and black out the space first, and then I'll have a friend with much electrical know-how come over and help me set up. I hadn't thought about that possibility with the power supply, though, so I'll try to make sure it's on a different circuit than the washing machines or boiler or the like.
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