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    Default Multilith Duplicator?

    Someone in my town is giving away an AM Corp. Multilith Duplicator. I am thinking about taking it off his hands to print gigposters for bands I manage.

    I know nothing about lithography and am not looking to become a lithographer. What I am interested in, though, is getting a decent machine that I can hire a local lithographer to use to make prints for me.

    It looks like the one listed as Lot #44, near the bottom of this page:

    http://www.neaca.com/Surplus.html

    I see that parts for it are available on eBay, but it needs to be cleaned and brought back to life after sitting idle in this guy's basement for over 10 years. It will probably cost me some coin to rent some trolleys and lifting equipment from home depot, and pay some guys to help me move it.

    Is this worth taking?

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    Might be worth it if you're doing runs in the thousands.
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    No plans to do runs that big, but I could see doing several runs per month of 100-500. Are ink and paper products suitable for this machine expensive?

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    No local lithographer is going to do that amount
    of set-up for a run of 100-500.
    It'd be more cost-efficient to go to kinko's.
    "I guarantee, the image will not be fade off and you will be pleasure it too. " - a bootlegger
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    You're kind of overusing the term "lithographer" any commercial offset printer who's calling himself a lithographer is a little pretentious.

    We had one of these at the print shop where we used to work. We used it for school manuals and stuff, but photocopiers have made their use pretty much obsolete.

    Have you run an offset press before? It's not that fun unless you love the act of printing. Lot's of moving parts, they're fussy, and you'll have to buy a fair amount of supplies, inks, plates, plate burner, clean up solvents etc. It's something that you'd need to get some training on if you haven't used one before. I'd never want to burden myself with one. The screenprinting/photocopy combination is much easier, and probably less expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shmogger
    Are ink and paper products suitable for this machine expensive?
    You could use just about any kind of paper and offset printers ink. It's the plates and labor that are the most expensive part. Especially if you want to do multiple colors one a one head machine. Lots of clean up/prep.

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    Ok, thanks for the advice guys. I guess this isn't as good an idea as I thought. Better to find out now!

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    on something of that vintage youd have a hard time finding plates, rollers replacemant parts etc.

    obsolete tech.


    youd be better served with a nice digital offsett machine hooked up to a computer.

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    Thanks, Mr. K.

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    Buy it anyway, then run a USB cable from it to your computer. Then put the digitally printed copies on it's tray, so when clients come over..fun!

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