Looks like my Epson R1800 is biting the dust. I think I bought it in 2005? when it first was released, and have used it in bursts. I'll have a project with quite a bit of printing, then nothing much for several months. I run one color print a week, just to keep everything cleared out, when I haven't otherwise used the printer that week.
Now the heads are clogging constantly. I'm in the middle of a big project, printing several hundred small prints on Epson glossy paper. To my surprise, I'm constantly having to run the cleaning cycle, wasting gobs of ink, and now I can't get a perfect test pattern no matter how many cleaning cycles. So, rather than pour more money down this hole, I think it's time for a new printer.
My question is: what printer? My printing needs are relatively modest. I sometimes do projects where I'll print a large batch of prints on heavy 13x19 paper. Other times I'll be printing a large batch of 4x6 snapshots for a family album. That's my project now -- scanning and printing hundreds of family photos as part of an archiving project. Many of the older photos are b&w, of course, but I generally print those as sepia-tinted duotones, so I'm not too worried about being able to print large, perfect b&w prints. Accurate color is the priority.
After reading the reviews here, I'm leaning toward the R1900, mostly because the higher-end Epsons cost more than I want to spend. Does this sound reasonable? Is there something else better?