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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    When these go on the fritz from either a voltage surge or a bulb out, it seem almost like something inside the controls gets temporarily magnetized, so what might not work immediately after such an issue might clear up on its own in several days. It only happened to me once this year when major utility work was being done in the area, and somebody spliced something wrong.
    If I had known about that kind of work going on, or if a lightning storm was happening, I simply wouldn't power up the device on that particular day. They don't like electronic lighting ballasts either in the vicinity, or solid-state switches - another EMI source.
    Ah that's interesting to know. What a pain!

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    It takes some persistence, but after awhile one either becomes an effective practitioner of Colorhead Psychoanalysis, or resorts to some torture like replacing this or that part inside the little black box. I'm glad I went through the effort. My units are set up for color printing, but fully effective for VC printing too. Otherwise, I've cannibalized all this gear and repurposed it for much more effective performance as part of bigger systems, hotrod-style. But that's an even more complicated topic. There's a parallel recent thread referencing where to send these controls for diagnosis and repair; but it isn't cheap. Make sure you're using only high-quality bulbs like Japan-made Ushio. The cheapo Chinese bulbs will give you endless trouble.

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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    Well it works! Red bulb was blown so I removed it. I cleaned the contacts of the other 2 bulbs and now she works like a dream. Have ordered 3x more bulbs for peace of mind. Incredibly easy to use with MG paper. After doing my first 4x5 enlargements I don't think I'll ever want to go back to 35 or 120! Thanks for your advice team!

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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by kdotlowe View Post
    Well it works! Red bulb was blown so I removed it. I cleaned the contacts of the other 2 bulbs and now she works like a dream. Have ordered 3x more bulbs for peace of mind. Incredibly easy to use with MG paper. After doing my first 4x5 enlargements I don't think I'll ever want to go back to 35 or 120! Thanks for your advice team!
    I use these heads I have 3 that work perfectly and 2 that are not working properly. The red filter is there because it's a color head. When you use it with the black and white controller, there's a clear filter that replaces the red filter. This is the bulb that you are supposed to use for graded paper. It's also what comes on when you hit focus with the black and white controller.

    Use it the way it is keep the lamp sockets and posts clean. When these work they are the best color /VC head Beseler ever made. I love mine.

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