My 5-year-old Epson 3880, currently loaded with Epson ink, has developed the widely documented problem where the Photo Black ink feed system develops a leak and drips Photo Black ink all over whatever paper you feed through it.
But Matte Black mode is unaffected and still works perfectly.
For color work, I’m thinking of replacing the 3880 with a P800. And I’m thinking of converting the 3880 for use with Piezography Pro. I last used Piezography over 10 years ago with an Epson 1160 and a CIS, so I’m not new to Piezography in general. But it’s been a while, so I have a series of questions related to making sure that using my 3880 with Piezography Pro is feasible. And if it is, I want to make sure I order the right supplies.
[li]Given that the photo black ink feed of my 3880 is leaky, should I use this printer with Piezography?[/li][li]Because Photo Black does not work, is it practical to use this printer with the Piezography Photo Black in the Matte Black position? I’m asking this because I would prefer to print B&W on gloss/baryta.[/li][li]Given that my 3880 is currently loaded with Epson inks, I assume I need to flush out those inks before loading Piezography Pro?[/li][li]Is it easy to reproduce the Piezography Carbon toning using the Piezography Pro warm ink set?[/li][/ul]
If I can use Piezography Pro Photo Black through the matte ink feed of my 3880, is the following the correct list of items I will need to order to convert my 3880 to Piezography Pro?
[li]Set of 8 cartridges with syringes[/li][li]Set of 8 control chips[/li][li]Set of 8 Piezography Pro inks (Photo Black only), warm tone[/li][li]PiezoFlush solution[/li][li]QuadTone RIP license for Mac[/li][/ul]
Is that more than I need, less than I need, or just right?
I hope this is possible and affordable, because the Piezography BW prints I made on my 1160 before it died are the best black and white prints I’ve made on any medium, darkroom or digital.