Well my venerable Epson 2200 using the Harrington QuadTone RIP is nearing the end of its life cycle and I don't really need or want to invest in a 3880 "even though the ink is so much cheaper...." because I really only print a couple hundred prints per year plus general home office plain paper printing. Also I print in spurts, sometimes a month or two between runs of photos so I hate to have hundreds of dollars of unused color ink sitting in the printer clogging up.
I like to print neutral B&W images on Baryta papers but also crank out decent color prints too. Most of these go into old-fashioned portfolios. I've been happy with the 2200 results using the straight Epson inks and drivers for color and the Harrington RIP for B&W.
What is the state of the art for 13x19 Epsons these days? Has their (Mac OS) driver improved enough that I can get a neutral B&W using the native driver?
I see the R1900, 1400, and 2880 printers listed... if the consensus is that the 2880 is the way to go then hmmm I might have to revisit my statement about not considering the 3880 and do some ink price calculations.....
Thanks. And thanks for allowing me to ignore this topic for the past five years while I happily printed away with my obsolete printer.