Flying saucer indeed. Plug it in, hold it up, move it around, and it looks like something from the Close Encounters movie. Fun to entertain guests if you’re at a loss for conversation!
Its tonal ranges are lovely & subtle indeed. My contrasty negatives go under the Omegalite head – not under the condenser head w/ its associated Callier effect that can blow highlights. Now that I think about it, my Omegalite head gets much more use than my VC head.
People searching for Omega condenser enlargers like the D2v should always ask whether the Omegalite head is also available. Sometimes, it’s sitting nearby in a forgotten box, the seller having worked exclusively w/ the condenser head.
BTW, GE makes a “Circline” bulb (below) w/ warm, natural light that fits the old Omegalite head. The warm light makes it easy to use w/ multicontrast papers. I think GE calls it “kitchen & bath 22” and the product number is 11084. Most hardware stores should carry it in the $7-10 range. Lasts forever...