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#1 mtnman

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 04:04 PM

I'm in the market to replace my Epson 2200 which I really never liked and which printed L3 seems to be an easy program to print from but I need something that i can rely upon. so any suggestions?

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 08:25 AM

What didn't you like about the 2200?
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:10 AM

I've never gotten good prints. Almost all of them come out with vertical lines running the length of the print.

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:49 AM

you might be doing something wrong then. the 2200 is a great printer. sounds like maybe a paper problem? Have you tried different papers?
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 03:15 PM

I've tried many different papers. When I called Epson they said it was a problem with some of the printers-no fix and won't replace it.

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 05:22 PM

I'm in the market to replace my Epson 2200 which I really never liked and which printed L3 seems to be an easy program to print from but I need something that i can rely upon. so any suggestions?

What is the largest size you want to print? I agree with Cor, my 2200 was a fine printer. For 13 x 19 printing, I would recommend the Epson 1400 or the Canon Pixma Pro 9000. Both make great prints. I don't have any experience with the HP photo printers but at the recent Scuba show in Long Beach the Canon guys were showing some really nice prints from their printers.

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 05:57 PM

I've never gotten good prints. Almost all of them come out with vertical lines running the length of the print.


It sounds like you may have a condition called "banding".
If so, this is caused by clogged print head ink holes or a mis-aligned head.
Have you done the head cleaning and alignment procedures. Also, if you don't print for a month or two, that may cause clogging. I live in California where it is dry and I print a test image every month to keep every thing open.

Also, if you are printing low res images, <100dpi, this will also contribute to banding.
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:27 AM

I clean the heads every time i try to print and occasionally get a good print but mostly I still have the "banding" you refer to. I've really given up on th eprinter and intend to get a new one the only question is which.

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:36 AM

I've had great success with my HP B8850. The HP Vivera ink set is rated very well by Wilhelm Research for longevity. Prints pretty much match my screen (using a calibrated setup with Xrite I12) I create custom paper profiles with my BIG printer (HPZ3100ps 44"). The printer (8850) runs a head/nozzle check daily but you don't lose much (if any) ink.

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