Barry, that is interesting, I bought 10g of Phenidone from Vanbar some time ago, not exactly sure but within the last 12 months.
Even more interesting is that as I placed the Vanbar 10g white plastic container in my darkroom shelf, I suddenly remembered about one of my more obscure Canchem purchases. Yep, there was an unopened 100g clear plastic bag of Phenidone sitting inside a clear glass old jam jar with its lid on tightly.
I have been using that since then and that will take some time as the last 100g bag I used was opened shortly after purchasing it from David at Canchem. This current Canchem bag is dated 1992 as my purchase year.
David was quite ill, I bought quite a fair amount of stuff from him and was probably one of his larger clients. At one stage I found out he was in hospital and as I knew him reasonably well by then, I visited him. He wasn’t going to be able to continue his business, which I believe was more of a hobby business to keep him active during his ill periods.
He asked me if I was interested in purchasing his business, which I very nearly did. I did though, purchase virtually all of his C41 chemistry stock, including his entire supply of CD4 (Colour developer No. 4) along with shed loads of other chemicals. In fact, I purchased so much chemistry from David in 1992, that I am only now starting to run out of some items.
I remember (vaguely) that when ordering the Phenidone from Vanbar, I just nominated the amount I wished to purchase. As it is a bulk item they measure out what you order, with an appropriately rising price for a reducing amount of chemical. What is that about the inverse law of………………………..