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    Contact Printer from Germany

    Hello everybody

    I bought this antique contact printer. It is quite compact and think suitable up to 8x10. It has a height-adjustable diffuser, 4 white and one darkroom lamp, a mechanical electric timer (Tobias Baeuerle & Soehne) and an archaic dimmer and the cables don't look trustworthy either. I haven't dared to plug in the device yet. Would you replace the electrical components with modern ones? I find the device itself very interesting. Of course, a simple sheet of glass for contact sheets would be a lot easier. It should have advantages to work with such a device?
    I thank you for your experiences and inputs

    regards
    NormaN

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    Re: Contact Printer from Germany

    Your biggest problem after replacing questionable wiring, will be finding contact printing paper. Enlarging paper is far too fast for this printer.

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    Re: Contact Printer from Germany

    therefore...?

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    Re: Contact Printer from Germany

    Have similar USA made

    Replace all wiring.

    Check lamp sockets

    Leave the old time timers for decoration and control with modern timer

    I really like mine

    Quote Originally Posted by NormaN View Post
    Hello everybody

    I bought this antique contact printer. It is quite compact and think suitable up to 8x10. It has a height-adjustable diffuser, 4 white and one darkroom lamp, a mechanical electric timer (Tobias Baeuerle & Soehne) and an archaic dimmer and the cables don't look trustworthy either. I haven't dared to plug in the device yet. Would you replace the electrical components with modern ones? I find the device itself very interesting. Of course, a simple sheet of glass for contact sheets would be a lot easier. It should have advantages to work with such a device?
    I thank you for your experiences and inputs

    regards
    NormaN

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    Re: Contact Printer from Germany

    Lupex is great!

    Quote Originally Posted by hornstenj View Post

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    Re: Contact Printer from Germany

    WEB Contact Printer by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    I changed to oven/fridge bulbs

    Mine also has height adjustable diffusion, cropping blades, new 1/4" plate glass as OE was broken, all metal, very heavy too

    I gladly paid $200 some years ago

    It has a Time-O-Not

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    Re: Contact Printer from Germany

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    WEB Contact Printer by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    I changed to oven/fridge bulbs

    Mine also has height adjustable diffusion, cropping blades, new 1/4" plate glass as OE was broken, all metal, very heavy too

    I gladly paid $200 some years ago

    It has a Time-O-Not
    Nice Device!

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    Re: Contact Printer from Germany

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    Your biggest problem after replacing questionable wiring, will be finding contact printing paper. Enlarging paper is far too fast for this printer.
    Lupex Paper is ready!Click image for larger version. 

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