I have to admit I'm rather impressed by this old Italian design. It is both very functional and extremely weird. The light come from a bulb positioned in the rear and goes through a condenser before being reflected down a mirror. The universal negative carrier has one piece of glass on the bottom and the negative is actually held down by the second condenser (!). The carrier also has masking blades built in to mask off a negative of any format from Minox to 6x6. With it's compact design it is a perfect fit for our darkroom and it can produce 16x20 images from either 35 or 120.
The enlarger was bought from a very nice local photographer who, after hearing my interest in testing it out set up some developer and fixer in his bathroom so I could test out the light spread and see if the minute scratches that were barely visible on the glass would show in print. I'm glad to say that they did not and I was happy to walk out the door with a brand-new 40+ year old enlarger. I was also extra happy because with the enlarger I also was carrying a bundle of old paper that was included as a bonus in the sale. One of the boxes is extremely intriguing - 250 sheet box of 11x14in Kodak Polycontrast F in Single Weight. Can't wait to experiment with that.
Now - off to the Bus to install a black water tank.