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You must have a good one. I had 2 bad ones. And the print quality really is not up to current printers. Jer Gary C Lasater wrote: > > I bought the 3000 about four years ago for $1100 from buy.com and I just > love it. We have changed it from scuzzy to a roundabout usb port and it > just keeps on going. I have fed bark paper through it with great results > along with many other types of media. With the price it is right now and > it is still available, I might just by a backup. It is a terrific > machine if you have the patience to work with it. > Have worked with the C80 and regularly use a 1270 but am constantly > amazed what the 3000 will do. > Donna > > Royce Bair - Stock Solution wrote: > > > Ray wrote to Royce Bair: > > >The new features you've posted on the 7600/9600 look absolutely > > >fantastic, and certainly look like Epson has come close to the > > >perfect printer. > > > > > >I have only one objection. I don't need the 24" size, but I do need > > >to print a 16x20 with a paper border a la 3000. > > > > > >Can you put in a word for a 3600? > > > > We hear that from quite a few people. Despite the SP3000's terrible > > paper handling capabilities*, it's remained very popular because of > > it's adaptability, 17" wide platen and large individual cartridges. > > > > We've already put in a word to Epson for a "3600". Epson says it > > ain't going to happen. > > > > Why? Even though the 3000's age (over 5 years old), and it's old > > technology (4 inks instead of 6, spitting out huge, 20 picoliters > > non-variable droplets), Epson is still selling a remarkable 1500 of > > these great old 3000 work horses a month! And they told us they plan > > to continue to make them for at least one more year. (Why fix it if > > it still works?!) Also, they feel the 24 inch 7600 at the new lower > > price point of $2995 ($2K less than a 7500) is a remarkable buy, with > > much greater capacity than a 17" printer. I can assure you that > > neither dealers or Epson is making very much money on these printers > > -- both of us are hoping to make it up on the consumables. By the > > way, did you know that during the first 2 years that the 3000 was > > available, it sold for $1995.00? That's only a $1000 less than the > > 7600, and that's 1997 money! > > > > * Although the 7600 doesn't have a paper tray like the 3000 (it can > > only handle individual sheets and rolls), the 3000 was never designed > > to feed the thick sheets must of us put through it (it's a graphic > > arts printer, mainly for proofing page layouts). The friction feed > > on the paper tray balks at anything thicker than 52 lb. paper (those > > are Epson's specs). Although you can get it to accept 140 lb. (about > > 20mil or 300 gsm) paper, it doesn't like it. Whereas the 7600's > > straight path will take thickness up to 1.5mm (about 65mil or over > > 700 gsm), and it's vacuum (suction) assisted feed is much more > > reliable than friction and pizza wheels! > > > > Epson's 2200 model (available in July) will only have a 13" wide > > platen, but that's all Epson is going to give us besides the 3000 to > > fill the gap between 8.5" and 24" (beside the 1280, of course). > > > > -- > > Royce Bair, director > > Inkjet Art Solutions > > A division of The Stock Solution > > http://www.inkjetart.com/ > > > > - > > 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. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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