Machines do have souls. i'm convinced. Some of them are an ornery as can be and others, well...i must confess... my dear, reliable Epson printer is my buddy. My partner. My Good & Trustworthy Friend. And we've been spending a lot of time together this past week filling orders for my little calendar.
That beloved little printer which was so cheap inexpensive (it was free with the purchase of a previous computer) i thought it could not possibly produce anything wonderful/last very long but it has been a rock. A real trooper. It has chugged along brilliantly for several years outliving the usefulness of two laptops, and it's Big, Fancy (and much slower) Brother of an Epson. Producing prints so accurate i rarely had to tweak things--in color or b/w.
Sadly, it is beginning to show its age and i can no longer set it to print a dozen prints and walk out of the room.
One of these days i'm going to have to...sniff... find a replacement.
Looking at all of the alternatives (in case i need to quickly make a purchase) i am not encouraged. Epson has fallen prey to the pressure and no longer makes small, good photo printers. You can only buy their Big Boy Printers for much buckage or those ghastly "all-in-ones" with so many bells and whistles that i will never, ever use. (who faxes things anymore??)
And my experience with other printers (spare me the sales pitches, techy salesboys, about the "cheaper ink" of HP and Canon my time is worth something to me, too--and how does one count the cost of piles of wasted photo paper and ink?)
i am an Epson girl for life.
My good, dependable partner needs me to sit with it now to help keeps its jets in alignment and give it a rest between every few prints. Yes, it needs more care and rest than ever before.
i know exactly how it feels. And, apparently i can't opt for new spare parts either.