Three’s Company?

My first Epson Stylus Pro 3800 was amazing.  The prints were beautiful, the speed awesome and the ease of use, incredible.  I printed dozens and dozens of luster prints on that printer with not even needing a head cleaning.

Well, until the day I attempted a head cleaning.  Then one of its chips blew, just as it finished a head check, the day I was set to print presents on behalf of @Clettenberg, @Coreyschmidt and @BigRed77.

After literally hours of debate on why Epson should cover my, one month out of warranty printer, I was told they would send me a new printer, after I paid them $350 or $550 for their warranty… It’s been so long now that I can’t remember.

The first printer they sent me, which arrived the next day, was broken, dead on arrival.

So they sent me another replacement.  Turned out it was the same machine, or at least had all the same scratches and cracks and broken manual paper feed drawer as the first replacement.  Well, the same except this one was missing like $500 worth of ink.

Epson sent me a third replacement, my now fourth Epson Stylus Pro 3800.  This one was beautiful on the outside with only a few blemishes on its surface.  Oh, but that pesky manual feed drawer was broken which meant I couldn’t actually use the printer at all.

Today I talked to Jesse at Epson.  They are sending me my fourth replacement, which is my fifth Epson Stylus Pro 3800.  I asked what would happen if this fifth printer proved to be broken, if there was some sort of compensation they could give me.  The answer?  “We’ll have to talk to FedEx about that.”

While, that might have some merit, if FedEx is to blame for the broken manual feed tray, that’s all well and good.  But FedEx is not responsible for the cracks to the case, the scratches to the front or the chips on the bezel.  They are also not responsible for over $500 in missing ink.

I have faith that Epson will fix this problem, they have been fantastic throughout all of this, besides continuing to send me broken printers.  Their support staff are all very kind and their products are great.  Let’s get this sorted out so we can be friends again ok, Epson?

Oh, and if you want, you can just send me an Epson Stylus Pro 4880.  It is built much better than the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 or 3880 with a metal body and mostly metal shell/casing.  I’m just saying.  Heck, I might even write a really wonderful review of the printer right here on this blog, along with the necessary FTC concessions.

Just a thought.

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Epson Matte Paper Hates Me

Trying to print some pics that people have purchased.

On the left is how it looks on the screen, and on luster paper on any of the printers I’ve tried it on. Epson Stylus Pro 3800, 4000 Professional Edition, 4880 Pro. On the right of that picture are what happens when I do matte and choose either the Epson color profile for the paper, or the Adobe color profile.

All done is Adobe RGB 1998.

Lemme know what you think is going on, I’m stumped. All pictures I print looks like ass when on this matte paper. Click the pic to open up the larger in lightbox.  These were scanned on an Epson Perfection V750 Pro.

If you want to download the full resolution version, click here.

Here is what the full image looks like, the scans above are only partials since I don’t have a large format scanner.

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The Beast Arrives

My new Epson Stylus Pro 3800 arrived on Tuesday.  It was very exciting.

This printer, for those who don’t know, is just abotu the best you can get in it’s class.  Actually, it is!  This Week in Photography (TWIP) reviewed it just last week as the number one 17″ wide printer with prints as high quality as it gets.

And though it is missing the Vivid Magenta that the 4880 has, I’m pretty damn happy with this printer.  And it’s BIG!

My Epson Stylus Pro 3800

Ryan and I had to rearrange the livingroom to fit it.

I used it to print the pictures for my photo critique on Thursday.  Almost everyone noted that there was a distinct difference in quality between my prints and what we have on campus (Epson Stylus Pro 2400s).  I was most impressed with the black and white reproduction.  Incredible.  I am so happy to be able to have this printer.

Though… I am a little bit nervous.  It costs around $500 to replace all nine 80mL ink cartidges.  Yikes.  Though they are about half the price per mL, they are also 4-8 times larger than most regular ink jet printers.  At least it isn’t the half liter inks you can get for some of the larger printers haha.

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My Humble Abode

Tonight didn’t end as I had planned.  Actually it went completely wrong and I’m still a bit upset which makes me crave change.  So, wanna help me re-arrange my furniture?

Need some suggestions regarding the furniture layout.  Plus this gives a chance for @oseary to see what he can get in Columbia’s District. (Click pic to enlarge)

UPDATE: As requested, here’s a view from the opposite side of the room which includes the bay windows and my computer setup.

So what do you think?  Also, let’s try and figure out where in the hell I’m going to put the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 or whatever replaces it (if that happens at Photokina).  It can be connected through an ethernet cable so I guess I could put it as far away as the where the lamp is to the left of the TV.  I’m at a loss!

UPDATE 2: so, @oseary wants to see the kitchen so why not?

And the bedroom 🙂 Sorry the color is off, just being lazy I guess haha.

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