non-existence of printer collectors...proven wrong
Arno_1983 at gmx.de
Sat Jan 26 05:34:51 CST 2008
Cameron Kaiser <spectre at floodgap.com> wrote:
> > But nobody collects printers, not even vintage ones.
> Because they're big and heavy and power-hungry, and they're always
> running out of supplies when you try to do anything useful.
So let's say they're just not for the faint of heart ;) I for one have to plead guilty of printer packratting, having piled up an assortment of impact matrix and laser printers mainly (I'm less fond of inkjets because they always clog up if you don't use them regularly). So let's see what's around here:
Commodore MPS-802 (first printer in household)
NEC Pinwriter P2200 (printer of our first PC)
NEC Pinwriter P6+
NEC Pinwriter CP7 (four-zone ribbon color printer)
Epson LQ100 (neat little dot matrix unit, even used sometimes)
Epson TM-267IIB (serial receipt printer)
Oki Microline 591
HP DeskJet 660C (first color printer of my dad)
HP DeskJet 1200C
HP DeskJet 1600C(M), 3x (professional inkjets with drier lamp)
Epson Stylus COLOR (nonstandard appearance for an inkjet)
Lexmark Color Jetprinter 1000 (modern exterior)
Lexmark X1160 (USB Scanner/printer combi)
Citizen Overture 106
Apple LaserWriter II NTX
Apple LaserWriter Pro 630
HP LaserJet Series II
Siemens PT10 (rebadged HP LaserJet II)
HP LaserJet IIISi
HP LaserJet 4L (unusually flat laser)
HP LaserJet 4
brother HL-1260e (the only one regularly in use; same engine as LJ4)
HP LaserJet 4Si (honkin' big cube)
HP LaserJet 5L
HP LaserJet 6L
HP LaserJet 2100M
Okidata unit with c/y/m/k transfer strips chained in a ribbon cassette
two Mitsubishi still image printers (CP100E, CP250E?) with TTL, VGA, RGB and composite video inputs in addition to parallel
...and probably some more buried somewhere that I don't yet have in my inventory.
People keep telling me I have to cut down on such stuff (as well as commodity PCs) but whenever I start to think about which to throw out, I get to think about each one's unique features and what I would say if somebody asked me tomorrow if I had a printer for that-and-that specific location and application.
One of my yet unfulfilled dreams is a daisywheel printing terminal (Diablo 1620 or similar).
Enough of a confession?
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