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    Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    Hello

    I have a DeVere 5108 wall mount enlarger, which I have had mounted over a bench since I got it. I would like to be able to make larger prints with it, so I had been planning on building a custom drop table for it, but I would prefer to have an original DeVere floor standing chassis if possible. I haven't come across any DeVere 5108 chassis on their own, but there is a 507 chassis available I came across. On the images for the 507 chassis and 5108 chassis that I have seen, they look identical, so I am wondering whether it would be possible for me to unbolt the 5108 head and lens stage from the 5108 I have, and bolt them onto the mounts on this 507 chassis. I have sent a message to DeVere asking them about the possibility, but they haven't always been very prompt in their responses with me, so I thought I would ask here as well. If any of you have experience with both enlargers, it would be great if you could help out!

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    Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    The problem is the horizontal head and lens projection distance for all this type of hack

    Start measuring

    It can be done by mounting the base on a wall projection
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    Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    I would think you should be able to since you have the parts. Why not call KHB in Canada to make sure.

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    Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    Thanks for the replies... but the seller of the 507 decided that shipping it wouldn't be possible, so I'd have to drive over 1000 miles to pick it up, and I'm not about to do that.

    I have contacted DeVere to ask if they still sell the drop table assembly for converting a wall mount to a floor standing unit. Maybe I'll be able to buy the conversion from them.

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    Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    I believe the 504, 507, 5108 and 515 all share the same drop table assembly, may be easier to find another whole enlarger and do the swap. If you do manage to work something out with the conversion I am very interested in wall-mount hardware as I am looking to do the reverse conversion. If you are willing to sell me the handles etc will save me a bunch of time machining stuff.

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    Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    There is also a chassis that has been on ebay for yonks:

    264946072597
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    Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    Quote Originally Posted by calebarchie View Post
    There is also a chassis that has been on ebay for yonks:

    264946072597
    That's one of the ones I was looking at, but apparently because it is more than 8 feet tall freight shipping isn't possible, despite what the post says

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    Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethan View Post
    That's one of the ones I was looking at, but apparently because it is more than 8 feet tall freight shipping isn't possible, despite what the post says
    Tell him you only need the bottom half
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    Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    Quote Originally Posted by calebarchie View Post
    Tell him you only need the bottom half
    hah, yeah. I don't know if I'd trust him to disassemble it, given that he sells all manner of things and doesn't specialize in enlargers

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    Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    That listing has been up for years

    You don't want only the bottom, the top half is everything

    They are modular, look at the pics

    I have 504 in shed, no bottom, it was wall mount, I found the cast iron table base, just like the one on eBay

    Converting some 5X4 enlargers can be easy t0 10X8 as the conversions were sold by Beseler 45 V-XL

    I have one with DIY 8X10 made of wood by a famous photographer, wall mounted on a perch just like Tim Layton

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethan View Post
    That's one of the ones I was looking at, but apparently because it is more than 8 feet tall freight shipping isn't possible, despite what the post says
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