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Peter Thornton

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  1. Not neccasarily. but, at the moment the entire company can be purchased for 3.5 million. So if half a dozen of you sell your houses then you could mount a take over bid!
  2. Firstly: If you didn't use starter then your process is going to be way over active. You should dump the dev again and start again, with starter. Don't worry about starter for the rest of the chemistry, it's only the dev that matters. If you've dumped everything and washed out thoroughly and if the problem is still there then that only leaves: Circulation Aeration Temperature Time (i.e. motor speed - I've never heard of this going wrong) But you really do need access to a densitometer and some process control strips.
  3. If you've changed the Dev and the Bleach then it's time for the fix and the stabiliser! Which are both much cheaper than the other two. Personally if I was changing those then I would have dropped everything and taken the opportunity to wash the tanks out. One word of warning. If someone has mixed up a bad batch of chemistry or put it into the wrong tank then you will need to empty the rep tanks as well, or the problem will just come back. That's one advantage with doing it piecemeal, at least if changing the fix cures it then you know that it's only the fix rep tank that needs dumping.
  4. It may need a new lamp. Or it may be worth giving the neg mask a good clean, a tiny hair in the mask can produce this error message.
  5. Or you could just use 6 inch paper which would come out single track. Or you could use 4 inch, tell it you are using 6 inch and reset the zoom.
  6. Try turning the temperature down until the prints begin to come out damp, then turn it up a little. Also, perhaps Fuji have changed their paper. It's not an unusual thing to happen.
  7. As before, but also cutter unit after a few years hard use. Image processor can go but fairly rare.
  8. Almost definitely an AOM. As already stated it's pretty straightforward to swap them and see if a different colour is affected. As time goes on it will affect a greater propoertion of prints and will eventually happen continously.
  9. You could try printing on 6 inch paper? Slower though.
  10. Don't have any suggestions except to say that you are right to go for a CRT. You can set it up with the colorimeter whereas it doesn't work with the LCD monitors. These need the profile, which is only available for the ones supplied from Noritsu.
  11. Is that temp right? And have you checked with a thermometer? If its correc t then it sounds as if your process might be a little over active. If its not to far out then it should settle down. However, why did you change it? If it was because it was giving the same kind of readings then you might check your rep rates.
  12. They are an easy machine to run. As far as setting up goes you need to pay someone to come and give you a hand. There are lots of ex engineers and ex mini lab owners out there who would spend a day with you to sort it out. As has been said, your real problems will be chemical ones. You really do need a densitometer (or someone else who will read your strips) In the old days of 250 - 500 films per week then the process would look after itself. With low useage, you will need to keep a careful eye on it. My advice: Put it on ebay and get the local minilab to process your films!
  13. Have you checked your process control? Bad chemistry can cause these arrors - when the set up can't read a good black.
  14. There comes a point when you simply need to dump the tank and start with a fresh mix. C41 is very tolerant but once you've passed that point then you can play all day and still not get it right.
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