Re: Anderson Vreeland vs. Jet Platemakers
I had to go way back in the archives to retrieve this one. Curious as
to the brand name of the ballast that is in your machine?
I recently discussed this topic with A&V and they are now recommending
the Work Horse 5 which feeds two lamps. They told me re-wiring for my
Orbital VIII is inevitable. My ballasts are CosmoTronic. The brand is
long gone and the WH5s are a completely different configuration. I am
not looking forward to this.
My experience is don't rely on Grainger for the parts, apparently it
does not take very long at all for any electrical component to go
obsolete. I had a hard time just buying spare lamp connectors from
them. I broke one recently changing the lamps out. A&V's pricing for
parts is pretty much near market as far as I can tell and they will
hunt for the parts for you.
I bought my machine about eleven years ago, thus the concern about the
ballasts, but at that time there was no contract regarding the
purchase of plate material direct from them. How would they know anyway?
I've not experienced any out-of-the-ordinary problems with the
machine, but it is getting on in age and I am trying to cover my
bases. The service from A&V has been great, an email inquiry on the
weekend will get a phone response on Monday morning.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, Bryan Hutcheson <bryan@...> wrote:
> We have an Orbital A3 from A&V,
> despite some minor glitches in the beginning (3 bad lamp ballast & a
> wacky fuse) the machine has been top notch.
> The only thing I didn't like about A&V was their sale agreement,
> which stipulates that you must purchase 80% of your plate material
> from them. Who writes that crap into a contract?
> Also, I'm told that any parts on the machine can be purchased from
> Grainger, should you need to replace something and don't have time to
> wait for service.
> bryan hutcheson
> manifesto letterpress
> 116 pleasant street - 2245
> easthampton, ma 01027
> a full-service design and letterpress studio