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Old 04-26-2004, 08:28 AM
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Hi Everyone,

Anyone know what is happening with Retouch Methods , the manufacturer of Spotone.....all of a sudden it has become next to impossible to track the stuff down.

I heard a rumour that it was being discontinued and stocked up my own supply. Anyone know if this is true or not?

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Old 04-26-2004, 10:18 AM
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I did a Google search on "Spotone" and found a number of online stores which still sell their products.

I suspect some camera shops are discontinuing the stocking of these products because of reduced demand. But I think as long as folks are making conventional photographic prints, there will be Spotone.

It could, however, suffer imminent extinction, like dye transfer and Kodachrome. It would be a shame.

Just in case, you might buy a lifetime supply, which for me was one bottle of each color.

As an aside, years ago I met a woman from New York who worked as a secretary. She had just moved to St. Louis but brought with her a lifetime supply of "White-out," thinking we wouldn't have such a thing in this backwater town.
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Old 04-26-2004, 10:24 AM
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I did just that very thing

got a full colour set along with an extra bottle of the tones I use most....like I will ever crack the second bottle in my lifetime
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Old 04-26-2004, 01:19 PM
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The big question for Spotone users: do you use your tongue to wet the brush, or water? (or do you go macho-style full-strength, which I always found disastrous)

I was taught to let it dry on glass, then use your tongue to wet the brush and pick up the barest possible amount of pigment. Maybe gross, but I got very good at it and sometimes did hundreds of prints in a day
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Old 04-26-2004, 01:40 PM
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The best way I have found was to put a cotton ball into the discarded top of a film container, then squeeze out the excess water to the point where it will still wet the brush fairly well.....then damp a tissue paper, using this to take excess water off the brush and get a great point on it.

For a palette we always used the backs of waste prints.

And I was always taught to use the dye sparingly and well diluted as it is much easier to fix something that is too light than too dark.
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Old 04-27-2004, 02:22 PM
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Funny Doug, I was taught the same thing.
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:56 AM
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The initial question??

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Originally Posted by Juliana Ross

I heard a rumour that it was being discontinued and stocked up my own supply. Anyone know if this is true or not?

Juliana
What about it? Is there anyone out there that can confirm or deny.. are they still at the market, and if so how can I get in touch with the factory?

Please, if you know, tell me.

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Håkan
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:57 AM
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Retouch Methods Co - (973) 377-1184 - 268 Main St, Madison, NJ 07940
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:30 PM
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That's the number I've faxed

.. but I cant' get through. Are you absolutely sure?

At least before, they had the same fax and phone number..

//Håkan
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Old 04-13-2006, 07:25 PM
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spotone is dead

found out from freestyle photo the designer for spotone died and took all the secrets to his grave

your lucky if you have some

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