Using a Vandercook for production runs??
- I've never used a vandercook before, I've only used a C&P and Kluge
(I design and manufacture letterpress stationery). I've heard you
can also get really great results from a cylinder press (according
to the infamous owners of Yee Haw Industries in TN - who do
incredible work), and I'm looking into obtaining a No.4.
My runs are fairly limited edition runs - smaller
quantities....around 200 at a time. I guess the Vandercook's
original intent was for a proofing press, but is it recommended or
not to do actual production runs on a vandercook? At this time, I
rent studio time from a printer so I don't have the room in my home
for a C&P (but would love to acquire one in the future), but would
have room for a Vandercook that I would love to play around and
experiment on, and possibly do some production runs. Is
registration fairly tight on a Vandercook, are wash ups pretty easy,
set up pretty easy, quality good, etc? And, can you run pretty
heavy stocks? (i.e. I run an 80 pt. pulpboard on the Kluge and C&P).
- "I don't have the room in my home for a C&P (but would love to acquire
one in the future), but would have room for a Vandercook"
Vandercooks may be narrower, but they are longer. I think they take
I would reccomend the C and P for production, although the Vandercook
- I agree that for single pages, french-fold cards etc. the C& P are
faster esp for long runs, but the Vandercook allows for larger page
imposition. I especially like print and turn (or flop!) with two or
four page set-ups. I also prefer not having to do elaborate
make-readys. So the answer really lies in answering " what kind of
printing are you going to do?" I do a lot of books with editions of
around 100. I can hand crank 100 revolutions of the press in about 1
hr. sometimes longer but averaging an hour. Some have said that the
current letterpress movement is due to the cylinder press because the
learning curve is so much less than the platen. That said, I would
love to have a motorized carriage for my Vandercook, having recently
finished the printing of Shakespear's "Timon of Athens" in an edition
of 200, having five 8 pg signatures. And yes, they take up a lot more
space than the C&P.
On Nov 21, 2005, at 8:38 AM, frogvalleyforge wrote:
> "I don't have the room in my home for a C&P (but would love to acquire
> one in the future), but would have room for a Vandercook"
> Vandercooks may be narrower, but they are longer. I think they take
> MORE space.
> I would reccomend the C and P for production, although the Vandercook
> will work...
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