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Old 30th October 2019, 11:54 AM
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I have had an LPL 10x8 frame for more years than I care to admit and there is nowt wrong with them for small prints. They are stable and accurate but the internal margins are none adjustable.

Expect to pay about 15 for an unmarked one
That's about what I've just paid John, for a 9" x 7" easel. A strange size that's unfamiliar to me, but as long as it does what it's supposed to do, I'll be happy.

The one I've bought looks and is described as almost new. As soon as it arrives I'll be making a few small test prints from it, to see if I need to get the ruler and sharp knife out!

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Old 30th October 2019, 04:09 PM
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Terry, if it is well made then with relatively short metal blades you should get pretty good even borders

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Old 1st November 2019, 01:20 PM
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Today I've done another all round search, and finally bought a cheap, but well looked after, small easel.

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Well, my ebay purchase of a 9" x 7" Meopta easel arrived this morning, and apart from the box, the item looks new. It's got a solid and heavy plastic base, with lovely STRAIGHT arms and an unusual (in that I've never seen it done in this way before) way of producing the margins.

I've got high hopes for it and can't wait to get back into my lovely (but cold) darkroom to try it out. In fact I can see the majority of my prints up to 10" x 8" being done on it in the near future, rather than on my much bulkier but excellent, other easels.

Don't we all love a happy ending?

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Old 1st November 2019, 01:48 PM
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with lovely STRAIGHT arms and an unusual (in that I've never seen it done in this way before) way of producing the margins.

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Just out of curiosity, Terry, what's the unusual way of producing margins? Thanks

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Old 1st November 2019, 01:56 PM
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Just out of curiosity, Terry, what's the unusual way of producing margins? Thanks

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I just knew someone would ask!

It's a very simple pull in, push out device, but on the OUTSIDE of the easel itself.

I will try and upload a small pic later, which will show better than I can describe.

People may have seen it before, but I haven't.

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Old 1st November 2019, 02:12 PM
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I just knew someone would ask!

It's a very simple pull in, push out device, but on the OUTSIDE of the easel itself.

I will try and upload a small pic later, which will show better than I can describe.

People may have seen it before, but I haven't.

Terry S
Thanks Terry. I cannot quite imagine this device but a pic is worth a thousand words

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Old 23rd December 2021, 03:01 PM
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Thanks Terry. I cannot quite imagine this device but a pic is worth a thousand words

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Just catching up on older posts, and I realised that I hadn't attached a pic or three to help explain what I meant Mike, two odd years ago! Something obviously distracted me.

Just to recap, I mentioned that a 'new' to me, small masking frame had little pull out tabs to alter the margin size...

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Old 23rd December 2021, 08:38 PM
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Thanks Terry, Certainly not a type I have ever seen but then again in the analogue/darkroom heyday there was probably a lot of different things made for printing that I have never seen or heard of, many of which may now be gone forever

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Old 24th December 2021, 11:31 AM
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I have an old LPL 8x10".
Just two moving arms. Solid and square.
The margin can be adjusted from 1/4" to a midges over 5/8".
There is a screw on the back that loosens the paper guide in the upper left corner.This slides diagonally to allow adjustment of the margin to the max. of 5/8".
On the 1/4" setting the arms are easily set at the correct positions, but when using the larger border the scales need a bit of mental arithmetic to figure the spot to use when using standard size papers.
I find it a lot easier to use a gash piece of 8x10 and draw the borders for the larger size.
When I come to use the larger size borders I pop my reference sheet in and move the arms to the previously marked positions.
One sheet has half a dozen different sizes marked on it.

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Old 24th December 2021, 12:13 PM
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Nat, like you I have an LPL 10x8 and use it exactly as you do. I also have a 7x5 which is just the same, on a smaller scale.
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