Enlargers are available at almost no cost these days. I just got my hands on a Liesegang Rajah IV. About US$ 90 for the outfit as above, including an extra large condensor lens making it possible to convert the Rajah to take 4×5″.
Sure, there are many excellents large format Durst enlargers out there too, more modern, some fitted with colour head too. Still I felt quite attached to it when I saw it. It originally belonged to a photographer active during the 50´s to the 70’s. Everything he did in the darkroom was done in a careful manner. So a set of three enlarger lenses were supplied, 60 boxes of photopaper, one of them the legendary Dassonville paper, spare bulbs, and photographic notes – everything in mint condition. The Enlarger has that type of wrinkle paint that I have such a soft spot for. The drawbacks are that anti-Newton glass is missing and the focusing mechanism isn’t that smooth like the Fujimoto’s enlargers, still bearable to handle. From eBay, I’ve ordered a DeVere AN-glass (it arrived in one piece) so the major drawbacks are solved.