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    So much for FX-39 - what's with the price increase?

    I don't know if anybody else uses FX-39, but if you do, the price just increase a lot.

    Was just about to restock (I bought a couple bottles just a few months ago) and see that they discontinued the 500mL bottles, and now only have 100mL bottles, at a ridiculous up-charge.

    The price went from $12.99 earlier this year for 500mL to $9.49 now for 100mL, a 3.65x increase per mL.

    I was often using 70mL of this stuff at a time for 4x5 TMX in a tank. I used to use Rodinal, so I think I might go back to that, or use HC-110 which has been my new favorite developer this year and super economical. Even developing 8x20 sheets in a tray only cost me about 50 cents per sheet using dilution H.

    I might shoot an email to Adox and let them know they've lost a customer. Since finding FX-39 I've used 4-5 bottles a year, and I use the more dilute 1:14 solution.
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    Re: So much for FX-39 - what's with the price increase?

    On the EU side, Fotoimpex and Macodirect appear to list the 500ml bottle of FX-39 II for €9.50 ( = $10.80 according to Google). So maybe your supplier is hiking the price, not Adox themselves? Or maybe it's about the transition from "I" to "II"?

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    Re: So much for FX-39 - what's with the price increase?

    I just read on the internet that Adox moved the production to Switzerland, that could well have caused this price increase.

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    Re: So much for FX-39 - what's with the price increase?

    I hadn't checked the EU price.

    Regarding the update to ver. 2 - my two latest 500mL bottles were marked FX-39 II. I found no working difference, but I was hoping it had a better shelf life when reaching the end of the bottle. I noticed with previous bottles that once the bottle got to 10% or so, it tended to start losing strength and delivered underdeveloped negatives. I assume from oxidation.

    I typically just tossed the last 5-10% of the bottle.
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    Re: So much for FX-39 - what's with the price increase?

    Ever consider just making it?

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    Re: So much for FX-39 - what's with the price increase?

    Read several places that Crawley's FX37 is nearly same formula. I looked at PF but didn't see anything similar but you might talk to Bud about mixing up a batch.

    The formula as described in Anchells 'Darkroom cookbook' is as follows.
    WATER (AT 52C) 750ML
    SODIUM SULPHITE 60 G
    HYDROQUINONE 5 G
    SODIUM CARBONATE (ANHYD) 5 G
    PHENIDONE 0.5 G
    BORAX 2.5 G
    POTASSIUM BROMIDE 0.5 G
    BENZOTRIAZOLE (1% SOLUTION) 50 ML
    WATER TO MAKE 1 LITRE.
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