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At 09:14 AM 01/02/2002 -0500, Steve Jacobson wrote: > >I am new to this list, and could use some advice from all you experts >out there. > >I have an Epson 1200 that I use for photo printing and for doing "B" >size engineering drawings from a CAD system. > >1) Is this printer worth getting a continuous ink system for? The >absorbing pads are probably full of ink from all the cleaning cycles, >and if I kept it, I would probably get it cleaned. Yes! I'm still quite happy with the 1200 with Generation4 inks printing on matte pagers with custom profiles. Occasional B/W prints with a well tweaked profile are OK with very slight colour crossovers. On matte paper the smaller dots and higher resolution of the newer printer makes little (no?) difference. Very occasionally I would like to produce a high detail high gloss image but I can live comfortably with the semi glossy quite sharp results obtained on Epson Photo Paper. To find out the amount of life left in the big ink absorbing pad do a power on printer test. Hold load-eject button while turning on printer and until it starts printing. First line has 3 numbers. The third is printer count in Hex. Mine is: TB2997 I007BC 70F5 70F5 H = 28917 D Mine is getting up there. The maximum count for the Stylus Photo/700/EX was 37,000 decimal. Not sure exactly what it is for the 1200, but likely about the same. Powell Hargrave Nanaimo B.C. Canada Digital Photo Page http://members.shaw.ca/hargravep - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.