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Vacuum easels

Allen Birnbach , May 03, 2001; 10:06 a.m.

Can anyone make recommendations of what to look for in a vacuum easel to handle 20x24 paper, particular brands that are good, where to find them (used if possible)?

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Art Haykin , May 03, 2001; 11:01 a.m.

I printed 20x24 and larger for yearswithout a vacuum easel. I used a smalltack of two sided tape at the corners.Those easels are pricey, but if youhave the bucks, go for it.

Philip Glass , May 03, 2001; 01:05 p.m.

Zeff Photo in Belmont, Massachusetts has an enormous Laborator enlarger with built in vacuum easel for sale under consignment. Since it has been there a while I am sure you could get it for less than they are asking.

lloyd phillips , May 03, 2001; 05:33 p.m.

I could not find an easel that was satisfactory for my darkroom work so I build my own. I used simple tools and materials to construct an 8x10 and a 11x14. I've used them for about 5 years now and would not use anything else. The size is imaterial. I used an old canister type vacuum cleaner with the hose run thru the wall to the outside. This way all the air and heat is outside the darkroom and dust swirling is not a problem. If you cannot find a ready built easel to suit your needs I will be glad to furnish more details via e-mail. I did have a large Durst vacuum easel but the noise and vibration from the vacuum motor was unacceptable. So I recommend you be sure that this will not be a problem for you should you purchase a Durst easel from an old 8x10 laborator.

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