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Sonya, Be sure and use inks and papers that are known to have archival qualities when used together. You don't want to have unhappy customers a few years--or a few months--down the road. If you're expecting to do both color and BW and succeed in this business, you really need two printers--one for color and one for BW. Switching inks in a single printer is just not a very good solution. The Epson 1280 with a CIS (continuous ink system) is the best way to go if 13" is wide enough for your needs. For BW photos, the 1280 and one of the MIS (http://www.inksupply.com/) BW archival inksets in the CIS would be ideal. There's a new neutral-Sepia insket that Paul Roark has developed that may not be listed on the site yet. The more expensive alternative is the inkjetmall.com Piezo system. Check out the archives at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DigitalBlackandWhiteThePrint for more info if you haven't already done so. Using color inks for the BW work is likely to result in problems with metamerism. So, if at all possible avoid doing this. I think you'd regret it in the long run. If you're doing color work, be sure and use archival inks, primarily because you have no control over how your customers will treat the restoration print. Generally, this means using 3rd party pigment-based inks (MIS or Generations, etc), but Epson is making progress on this front, too. The pigment inksets generally have a smaller gamut than the dye-based inks, but you are less likely to have problems with customers as your restoration prints age. Hope this helps... Tom Keesling Intelligent Design, Inc. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Sonya MacAskill" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Monday, April 15, 2002 7:20 PM Subject: The best inkjet printer to buy > Hi, > I am starting a photo-restoration business and need to buy a printer. Can > you suggest a printer for this purpose? I will require > a large format printer with excellant images.... > > Thank you > Sonya MacAskill > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.