I’ve happily been using my Epson 1400 as what I refer to as a 4C+2MK setup. I removed the LC and LM and replaced them both with Eboni black ink.
I use Gutenprint (Mac) for printing color (there’s a menu option to run the printer as 4C), and either Gutenprint or Quadtone RIP when printing B&W.
I modified the Gutenprint XML file which describes inksets, to include the addition of this 2MK setup. The print quality is far and away smoother than Quadtone RIP — unfortunately, the print driver is extremely buggy with regard to remembering presets properly, and due to the extremely tiny dot size, the prints are warmer than I prefer. So the dot size is a bit of a double edge-sword.
So, I’m back to using Quadtone RIP. It’s much more neutral, but the dots are a bit coarser than I like in the midtones. I’m thinking about swapping out one of those 2 MK cartridges with a gray to get a little smoother prints.
I’m thinking the Piezography Neutral might be what I’m after, but I’m not sure which shade would make the most sense in a Black/1-Gray scheme. Further, any thoughts on 2 color setup that includes HD Matte + 1 Gray?
With the 1.5 picoliter drop size I believe this could work … Thoughts?
(Most of the time I’m using Epson Enhanced Matte.)