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Hi Sam, and everyone, I was going to wait a day or so before responding, to see if any more people wanted to offer suggestions for me. I really appreciate the generous and thoughtful comments by Jerry, Jim, and Ben, as well as Sam. To answer Sam, I really meant it, "NEWBIE," :-) and have not considered any printer BUT Epson, because I was gathering that Epson seems to be the in-studio industry standard...especially the 3000. That is, there are various archival inks and papers that will work with it, it will print in various sizes, and lots of other artists are using this printer to do what I want to do with it, so I can probably can get advice when needed. Plus, it seems to be popular enough that Epson will continue to support this printer. So, no, I haven't checked out the Alps printers and can't add anything that would help you. (As far as sharpness of printed text, my text would be text I had scanned into Photoshop for printing out as a graphics file, not a text file, anyway, if that makes a difference.) If you find out more though, please post what you learn. I want to also get back to Jerry and Ben and Jim, and will do that when I have absorbed and considered the points they made and formulated a couple more questions. Thanks again to all of you. I really appreciate the generosity and expertise of the folks on this list. Pat << Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 11:49:22 -0400 From: "Sam A. McCandless" <email@example.com> Subject: Need newbie help with choice of Epson printer! Pat - Are you thinking only about Epson inkjets because you have considered and rejected the Alps printers? Everything I know about them is either from Alps promo or hearsay, but I have the impression that at least the newest Alps (MD5000?) is potentially sharper than the Epsons and the Iris, especially, but not only, in text (which I seem to care more about than nearly everyone contributing to this list). With OEM materials, Alps prints also seem to be more archival than the Epson prints, perhaps so much so that for that reason Alps users have reported relatively little experimentation with archival papers. In any case, if you considered and rejected the Alps, I'd like to know what you learned that discouraged you. My own impression is that for low-volume and relatively small-format work it's an intriguing possibility at roughly the same cost (without the dye-sub option or the PostScript option, which add to the appeal for me). But if you or others on the list say not so, maybe I'll cross it off my list too and simplify my own explorations. Sam firstname.lastname@example.org >> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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