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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
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    printer recommendation needed

    Hi,
    I'm looking to buy a good quality printer to print out my own prints up to 13x19's for marketing. I was getting my prints at a local lab but they recently changed machines and the print quality is no longer acceptable. I usually need the prints on short notice so mail order really isn't an option. I'm looking at Canon and Epson printers in the $400 and up range and was wondering what kind of experience people have with these printers. I've heard that Epsons have a problem with the ink clogging. I'd like to stay away from HP as I've had a lot of trouble with my current HP printer. (It's been replaced 4 times so far under warranty). I'm looking for something that is going to give excellent quality prints with accurate color. I'd sure appreciate any advice.
    Thanks
    taz4short

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Italy
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    Your price range may not give you the quality you seek.
    Right now the Epson R1900 and the Canon Pro9000 would be the main contenders. Both have had excellent reviews. I have read the same complaints about clogging and excessive ink use for the Epson. If you can find some place to see them in action you could make a decision on what you see.

    Do not forget to consider ink and paper costs, if you print 13 X 19 often, it could cost quite a bit in the end.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
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    What price range do you figure for quality prints? I don't know much about the better printers. According to Epson and HP for instance, you can get museum quality prints on a printer priced under $1,000. Although, I'm staying away from HP as I haven't had good luck at all with my last one.
    Most of the printsf I sell are 5x7 and 8x10. I do larger prints on request as I can't really afford to keep that much inventory and it's really difficult to display at craft markets due to limited space. I do, however, want to get into panorama prints so something that prints up to 8" x 24" would be nice.
    Thanks

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