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  • Can I come visit your shop?
    Yes! We'd love to meet you. We are open by appointment only, so please send us an email to schedule a day and time.
  • What is an etching press and what does it do?
    An etching press (or intaglio press) is a type of printing press made up of two parallel rollers with a flat plate known as a bed that rolls between these rollers under pressure. An inked matrix is placed on top of the bed with paper and printmaking blankets on top. It is then cranked through the press, which uses adjustable pressure depending on your matrix thickness and desired results to transfer the image from the matrix to the paper where ink was applied.
  • Do your presses have a lifetime warranty?
    We guarantee our new presses and materials to the original owner to be without defects for a lifetime and will repair or replace at our discretion. We do not cover normal wear and tear including warped beds, misuse, abuse, neglect or damage caused during use or transportation if moved after original installation. Used and refurbished equipment is covered by a one year warranty from date of pickup or delivery.
  • What type of printing equipment do you service?
    We service etching, letterpress and lithography printing presses. We also deal with related printing equipment and supplies. If you have a press or a piece of equipment we cannot service, we will do our best to recommend the best alternative solution.
  • Will you travel to my studio to fix my press?
    Yes! We will travel anywhere within the United States to service, repair, recondition or relocate your printing press or studio equipment.
  • Can you make me a replacement part?
    Yes, we offer custom machining and fabrication services of new and replacement parts for all etching, letterpress and lithography presses and equipment.
  • Can you move my printing press?
    Yes, we offer moving services for a variety of etching, letterpress and lithography presses and equipment, whether it is in-studio or the same building or to an entirely new location. We offer services ranging from simple ground level moving to long distance transport and complete disassembles through small doorways and up or down stairs.
  • What type of printing can the SPC-1224 be used for?
    The SPC-1224 can be used for a variety of printmaking techniques, including etching and intaglio techniques such as engravings, aquatints, photogravure, mezzotints and drypoint as well as monotypes, woodcuts, collagraphs and linocuts and more!
  • Are your press rollers solid?
    Yes, our upper rollers are one piece solid steel. Our lower rollers are two piece solid steel with a brass bushing to prevent binding.
  • Which bed type should I choose?
    Steel beds are more durable than phenolic and will last longer, but they also weigh more. If you want an option that weighs less and is easier to handle and transport, phenolic would be the better option.
  • Does the SPC-1224 have bed stops?
    Yes, the press does have bed stops. However, they attach to the press table top and not the bed. This allows for the press to be more portable, and take up less studio space when not in use, keep the cost of any future replacement beds as affordable as possible, and allow you the option to print longer images with an upgraded bed if desired.
  • Does the SPC-1224 come with micrometers?
    Yes, we offer high precision micrometer pressure screw gauges for our presses allowing for easy and quick adjusting of pressure. This is an add-on feature for the SPC-1224 and a standard feature on the SPC-1224 Deluxe.
  • Is the SPC-1224 geared?
    We offer the SPC-1224 etching press with direct upper roller drive or with an optional 4:1 gear reducer. The gear reducer can be easily added if you'd like to upgrade your press at a later date.
  • Do I need to screw my press down?
    Yes, we recommend you screw your press down using all four holes before printing to avoid injury caused by shifting off your work surface.
  • Why do your presses look like Charles Brand etching presses?
    Our presses are exact replicas of the Charles Brand 12"x24" table top press model. We are admirers of the durability, precision and quality that the original Charles Brand put into their products and want to continue the tradition of providing the printmaking community with reliable, high quality equipment.
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