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Re: [BKARTS] BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 20 Jun 2003 to 21 Jun 2003 (#2003-170)

On Saturday, June 21, 2003, at 11:00  PM, Automatic digest processor

Because letterpresses are no longer used commercially, they are not
manufactured and can often be picked up for very little money. But
they are
always used and sometimes used badly, so sometimes you get what you
pay for.
Parts are not being made either, so if they are gone, they are gone.

A friend of mine bought a Vandercook SP15 a few years ago. The press had been used badly, but the price was right. She struggled with it until recently, when she had a machinist remake the assemblies that hold the ink rollers. Now it prints just fine. Also, NA Graphics bought out Vandercook and have for sale what remains of the company's parts inventory.

Although I've known a few printers who have done fine work on a platen
press, I have to say the Vandercook is far and away the better choice
for most short run letterpress an relief printmaking.

Gaylord Schanilec
Wood Engraver · Fine Printer
W11469 Schanilec Lane
Stockholm, Wisconsin, 54769
Telephone: (715)448-3600
Email: gschan@xxxxxxxx
Website: http://www.midnightpapersales.com

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