Adapting a Beseler 8x10 head to a Saunders 4550 xlg. Can You?

Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by bobbysandstrom, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. bobbysandstrom

    bobbysandstrom Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    4x5 Format
    Does anyone know if it's possible without going through too much trouble to retrofit a beseler 8x10 head to a Saunders 4550 xlg?

  2. Donald Miller

    Donald Miller Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Large Format

    The head of the 4550 XLG comes off fairly easily. As I recall, there are four main's been awhile and don't hold me to that.

    Once that is off, the Bessler head will need to have new anchor points fabricated...I would want them to allow provisions for alignment, if it were me. I am wondering how top heavy this would make it.

    Howard Bond had a Bessler 8X10 conversion the last time that I was in his darkroom. His enlarger was beefier then the Saunders.

    If it were me, I think that I would keep my eye out for a vertical 8X10 enlarger because the design work has already been done.