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Epson R1800 — strange problem


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Brodstein Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 03rd May 2007
Wed 29-Feb-12 03:50 AM

I have had my R1800 for about seven years, and although at times it can be temperamental, I'm generally very pleased with the results.

In the last week I have been experiencing strange problems.

Using the identical TIFF file, I printed a copy on Red River Arctic Polar Gloss, using a custom profile developed for me by Cathy's Profile, which I have had for a long time. The print came out perfectly fine.

Based upon a recommendation, I recently decided to try out Moab Exhibition Luster 300 paper, using the Moab-supplied profile for that paper and my printer. With several printings, the results have been very disappointing — the skin tones and darker areas of the print are blotchy and uneven.

I thought the problem might be with the print head, so I have done multiple head cleanings over the last few days (consuming vast quantities of ink...) but the problem persists.

The strange thing is that when I do a nozzle check, the print pattern has no broken lines or spaces.

I have not yet gone back to print the same print using the Red River Arctic Polar Gloss.

I print 13" X 19" images, which consume large quantities of ink.

I am wondering if the problem is that some of the ink cartridges I have been using are over a year old (in order to get a better price, I bought a fairly large quantity). In researching this problem, I read somewhere that you should not use cartridges that are more than six months old. However, tonight when I checked the status of the ink cartridges, they seem to have more than adequate quantities, so I have no idea which cartridges to get rid of. And getting rid of all of them would set me back over $100.

I do fine art photography, and have never printed large volumes, so it is hard for me to believe that the print head has worn out.

After struggling for three days I still don't have a solution, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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