The recent FS ad for a dry mount press got my curiosity up. I've looked around and the new price for a press is extortionate.
I see there are a lot of s/h models in some variety (as layman as you can get - hot, cold, heavy, vacuum).
Apart from the obvious benefit of being a medium to consistently mount prints, are there any benefits?
WHY should I get one?
And just as importantly,
WHY should I NOT get one?
Since this degree course I'm on is demanding the highest possible quality of us, I felt that having a mounting station at home might benefit me.
I also have issues with the FB prints I've produced not being totally flat (wavy/curled) regardless of heat on the FB print dryer. For this reason even using the mounting press as a flattening tool may help in presentation - this is called a pre-press or something isn't it?
I'm not looking to buy one that is too big, considering my standard size of print is 12x16 as this is the most financially and logistically viable with digital prints and darkroom prints.
I'm kind of looking for a bargain if I get one, I'd hate to spend out a lot of money on something that may be useless. I'm also interested in the heated variations that allow the use of the tape that melts as opposed to any wet form of adhesion.