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« on: August 19, 2013, 12:18:05 PM »
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I have decided to close my darkroom and sell the equipment, but I don't have a very good idea of it's value. I am including a list of the equipment. Assuming an interested buyer can be found, what price would readers of this forum put on this list. Thanks for your help

   4x5 enlarger with Zone VI Cold Light Head
   150mm Schneider Componon   enlarging lens
   105mm Schneider Componon   enlarging lens
   Kodak 75mm enlarging lens
   4x5, 6x7 & 35mm negative carriers
   Graflex 4x5 cold light head for converting a view camera into an enlarger
   Kodak and Ilford multicontrast filter sets
   Custom made 8x10 archival print washer
   Heated water bath tray
   Gralab process timer
   Omega enlarging timer
   Ilford darkroom meter
   Unicolor motorbase
   Unicolor 8x10 print tube
   11x14 print tube
   JOBO 16x20 Print tube
   Unicolor 35mm (2) & 120 (5) film reels with large and single processing tubes
   JOBO 4x5 sheet film processing reel (2) with loader and processing tube
   Balance set with complete weight set
   Bogan 11x14 2 blade adjustable easel
   Unicolor 8x10 multi print easel
   Custom made 16x20 borderless easel
   Custom made 8x10 paper safe
   8x10 contact print frame
   4x5 contact print frame
   Several  sets of processing trays from 11x14 to 4x5
   3 sheet film dip and dunk 4x5 developing tanks
   Several additional stainless steel film developing reel s and tanks
   Miscellaneous lab glassware, thermometers, and other lab equipment
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2013, 07:50:40 PM »
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Tough call. Lots of people can't even give enlargers away. The lenses can be worth a little bit, but trying to get much value out of the kit is going to be tough. Too many people have gone to a digital darkroom, even the film shooters.  My gut reaction says that someone might be willing to pay $750ish to get a nice fully functional darkroom, but I'm guessing that's a lot less than you were expecting.

I'd try posting it for sale at APUG or Large Format Photography Forum, since that's where most of the traditional guys hang out. I've seen some kits there posted in the $1k to $1500 range, but unfortunately they didn't sell. Try for a local sale there, and don't forget to post it to Craigslist to see if you can get a starving artist or college student to buy. Unfortunately shipping would be a deal killer.

If you can't sell the kit, then sell just the lenses on ebay, and donate the rest to a school with a photography dept for a tax write off.
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 09:54:45 AM »
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  As stated before, the large format and the APUG for sale forums are the perfect places to sell this gear.   You may not get as much as you want, but i find 4x5 darkroom gear does indeed sell.  Lots of guys looking to get into large format film or alternative processing.

good luck
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2013, 04:46:08 PM »
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Higher prices LF enlargers won't sell unless you find a crazy person.

Got a beautiful $5000 Durst enlarger a short time ago for under $300. Always wanted one, could never afford one until now. Sad part for sellers is that so many enlargers are available for "can you get this junk out of my basement" deals that sale prices are low. Great for buyers tho.

Good luck with the sale.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2013, 09:44:41 PM »
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I think that Sheldon is right
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013, 12:30:07 PM »
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Specify your general location (state, at least) if you want to sell to pick-up-in-person customers. I might be interested if the equipment is within 100 miles of St. Louis MO
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2014, 12:25:16 PM »
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Hi,
Just noticed you are selling your darkroom equipment but your post was dated in August 2013. Do you still have the equipment? Is it stll for sale? I am a graduate photography student considering creating my own darkroom. Please let me know if you are still selling and for what price.

All the Best,
Patrick Wright aka Gandalf the Wright
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2014, 03:33:24 PM »
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Gandalf the Wright, are you still looking for a darkroom kit? I have a darkroom kit for sale. Let me know.
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