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Art Schaefer >I am new to the 3000 and received the MIS kit (including four empty >cartridges) for the Quadtone set of inks which I am about to fill and use. >Their instructions say not to insert the needle in through the seal too far >or I will puncture something? I had the impression from reading this list >that all these carts has sponge material inside. I guess there are several >types of cartridges out there. Can anyone clear this up for me? Thanks. The 3000 is one of the very few Epsons that use a bladder cartridge rather than a sponge stuffed painfully-small reservior and all its foamy problems. That is one big reason so many folks love the 3000. I have been less that 100% compliant on the "don't put the cut-off needle too far in" advice and haven't punctured a bladder yet. But it is a bladder and a bit of caution is distinctly justified unless you are willing to keep a couple spares around. Note, if you do puncture the bladder and spring a leak it is possible to extract the ink from the cartridge by holding the cartridge above the syringe and pulling the plunger carefully and slowly out (A trick I discovered after accidently putting the wrong color ink into a previously filled cartridge and accidently blending my own new ink color! Had to dump the ink but rescued the cartridge by injecting and sucking out plain old water then a bit of ink prior to refilling with good clean ink. Not a pleasant process but doable). Dan Culbertson - Please do not include an entire message in your response. Delete the excess. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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