9800 with bad printhead

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#1

Hi.
I found a 9800 near me for sale with a “bad printhead”. Are these printers easier to revive than the x900 series and are they more reliable?
Are the prints much less vibrant without the orange and green?
Thanks, Joe


#2

Generally, the older model printers such as the 7800/9800 and 7880/9880 are more reliable and last longer than the x900 series, but I know from experience that Epson stopped making replacement parts for the 7800/9800, so you may not be able to get the parts you need to repair it.

No, there’s not a huge difference in vibrancy, as long as you’re using the proper profile for your printer/ink/paper/print settings combination.

Best~ Dana


#3

Thanks Dana.
Compass Micro has quite a lot of parts listed for the 8900 and a new print head from Epson, still available, is only $600. Cheap in comparison to the $1600 they want for a X900 print head.
I’ll have to make room in my studio for the 8900 which will make 8 printers on hand. Great news for you guys!!! (please help me stop buying used dead printers)
Joe


#4

Excellent, that’s great news! I recommend contact Compass Micro to make sure they can get the parts you need, as we ended up getting rid of our 9800 last year because they couldn’t get us a replacement ink bay for it (and apparently, the 9880 bay isn’t exactly the same, so wouldn’t work).

I hope you get many years of great results with this machine!

Best~ Dana