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Re: Press for Solarplate?

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  • Subject: Re: Press for Solarplate?
  • From: SusanV <susanvoss3@gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007 18:17:31 -0400
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Jon and Keith have covered it all and I agree with them.  I had a
press custom built for me a few years ago by Marshal Heaton of
Workpress.  He helped me design exactly what I needed and I'm very
happy with it.  I have an 8' top roller and I think the bed is about
28 x 50... large enough to print a full sheet 22 x 30 size paper.  The
hardest part was choosing the color.... I settled on a metallic copper
powdercoat finish :o)

Good luck and keep us posted!


On 4/5/07, Keith Taylor <taylordow@sprintmail.com> wrote:

I'm currently using a custom built Conrad Machine etching press.
Their presses were recommended to me by Dan Welden and although it's
not comparable in status to a Tacach, it's been totally reliable, a
worthwhile investment ($4500 7 years ago) and a solid workhorse. It
has a 31x54" bed and an 8" diameter upper roller, which for my work
(12-14" wide maximum) is perfect. I agree with Jon, stay away from
the cheaper presses.


On Apr 5, 2007, at 11:43 AM, Jon Lybrook wrote:

> Hi Robert,
> If your current press has a sizable drum (10" diameter or larger),
> and is in sound working condition, replacing the bed is probably a
> more economical approach.  A good press by Takash with a 10" drum
> or larger and 24 x 36" bed is about 10K, new.  I'd buy one if I had
> a need to.  The studio I rent currently has a great one I use.  I
> would stay away from cheaper, Dick Blick presses, since they may
> work fine when printing 4x5" or 5x7, but when you're ready to go
> larger, they will probably fall short.  If you decide to go new,
> anything from Takash with a 10" or larger drum will be a great
> investment.  If you can get one used, all the better, but they're
> very difficult to come by.
> Good luck!
> Jon
> Robert Newcomb wrote:
>> Hello,
>> About have my new darkroom finished and am getting ready to move
>> my etching press into a near by area.
>> A question though.  What size and what brand of presses are people
>> using for printing the poly plates?  The reason I ask is that my
>> press was given to me because it was in storage, heavy to move
>> (1500 lbs), the owner had access to another press and last but not
>> least the 30x60inch metal press bed had been stolen.
>>  So, I'm wondering if moving, buying a new bed and in general
>> resurrecting this older large press ( Charles Brand) I think,  or
>> trying to buy a new press is better.  The prices for presses are
>> all over the place from the least expensive Richardson (dick
>> blick) press on up to the bigger and heavy duty ones.
>> Any input would be appreciated.
>> thanks,
>> Robert N.

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