[alt-photo] Re: Fwd: Epson printer 3880

Jacques Augustowski py1hy at terra.com.br
Tue Jun 14 20:46:17 GMT 2011

The best cleaning solution I have ever used is ammonia.

On 14-Jun-11 2:24 PM, francis schanberger wrote:
> There is a company called FixYourOwnPrinter (I think) that makes an inkjet
> head cleaning solution. I bought it two years ago to correct a stubborn
> clogged magenta ink jet head on a 2200. It didn't clear up the last missing
> gap on the test pattern but the solution helped me avoid the numerous clean
> head, print pattern, clean head, print pattern routines that ended up
> killing the (non) service tank on my first 2200.
> They provide you with a syringe with which you squirt the cleaning solution
> onto the pads near the inkjet heads. The printer is then allowed to sit
> overnight and the following day you commence the cleaning / print test
> routine.
> While I was using it with the second 2200 (with QTR) it seemed like the the
> heads didn't need to be cleaned as often. Currently I am using an Epson 4800
> exclusively and my last 2200 is gathering dust in the basement waiting for
> the next time I do a workshop.
> I found their url: http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/
> -francis
> On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM, Diana Bloomfield<
> dhbloomfield at bellsouth.net>  wrote:
>> Hi Kerik,
>> Thanks so much.  And, yes- exactly the same thing-- clogging with the
>> magenta inks, and also some clogging with one of the blacks.  I did several
>> cleanings, along with a "power cleaning," and it just never got any better.
>>   One day it worked great, and the next day (when I needed it the most, of
>> course), it just stopped.  I didn't really check with anyone, but I assumed
>> something needed replacement that would cost more $$$ than it was worth.  I
>> did buy it when it first came out, so it's been a great printer for all that
>> time-- but, like most printers and computers, seems to have a definite
>> end-life (of about 5 years).
>> So thanks again, Kerik-- very helpful information.  It looks like B&H has
>> the 3880 for about $1100, so that's where I'm headed next (online). :)
>> Diana
>> On Jun 14, 2011, at 11:55 AM, kerik at kerik.com wrote:
>>   Diana,
>>> First, I'm wondering what happened to your 3800. Mine had clogging
>>> problems with the magenta inks that couldn't be resolved without replacing
>>> the print head ($$$). I've heard similar magenta problems from other 3800
>>> users. So, I replaced it with a 3880 in November. I am getting great digital
>>> negatives with the 3880 and QuadTone RIP. It's easy to get plenty of UV
>>> density without resorting to a highly colorized negative. As far as I can
>>> tell, the only difference between the 3800 and 3880 are the magenta inks. I
>>> don't know if the dithering has changed but the negatives print beautifully
>>> in platinum and gum and it makes great inkjet prints.
>>> One interesting thing I stumbled on while calibrating the 3880: If you use
>>> the front feed slot to load your transparency material to avoid pizza wheel
>>> marks, the UV density of the resulting negs is lower in the densest parts of
>>> the negative (about 0.3 log density) than if you use the regular sheet feed.
>>> This effect was also confirmed by a user of a 3800. Very strange.
>>> Kerik
>>> www.kerik.com
>>>   FROM: Diana Bloomfield
>>>>> DATE: June 14, 2011 5:48:00 AM PDT
>>>>> TO: alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org [2]
>>>>> REPLY-TO: The alternative photographic processes mailing list
>>>>   Hi all,
>>>>> I've had an Epson 3800 printer for several years now-- love it,
>>>>> never had a
>>>>> problem with it-- until now. So I'm thinking of upgrading to the
>>>>> 3880, but
>>>>> I remember someone here (Chris?) having trouble with their 3880,
>>>>> specifically in making digital negatives. Is that correct, or did I
>>>>> dream
>>>>> that? I'm assuming that the 3880 is comparable (better than?) to
>>>>> the 3800,
>>>>> especially when making negatives. Any advice here? Is there another
>>>>> printer that would be better? I'm not interested in going larger
>>>>> than the
>>>>> 17" carriage.
>>>>> Thanks.
>>>>> Diana
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