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    Re: Going to look at a Beseler 57MB

    I have that 57MB head. I took off the whole hanger head assembly from the nasty rusty chassis as I knew I could mount it on any MX chassis. I saved the motor and belt also as those are expensive My 57 head glows green plugged right into 110vac and I think it came with a plain glass carrier that has cracked. Nothing special and easy to make.

    You can use a 150mm lens with 5x7 and may have to depending on elevation, focus and enlargement. I think a 180 mm lens is better.

    Since the head is single color green it may not work great with MG paper, but I haven't tried it. I have other options.

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    Re: Going to look at a Beseler 57MB

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Since the head is single color green it may not work great with MG paper, but I haven't tried it. I have other options.
    After my post (#18) I figured I should actually test my suggestion rather than just repeat the advice of others. So, using a early Zone VI cold light, I took a negative and printed it on Ilford multigrade using grades 1 through 5. To my eye, I got a full range on contrast using that head and the Rosco gel.

    If you have issues getting the contrast range you want with the cold light head, you might want to give this a try.

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