Re: 5 x 8 kelsey questions
- Thank you very much for your thoughtful replies regarding the Kelsey 5
I am going to contact Boxcar and then go from there. I believe in the
future I will be using mostly photopolymer plates (hence my interest
in this group) and thus will see what they have to say about using
those with this press. My gut instinct is to wait a little while until
I have more knowledge before jumping in and buying something to
"practice" with which will not serve my needs well in the future. I'm
just impatient, want to get started and don't have easy access to
better presses to practice with on a regular basis (Essentially I only
have access when/if I'm enrolled in a class).
Thank you again so much!
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "David Michael McNamara"
>so it can be done. For what it's worth, Boxcar also offers two free
> I have printed with photopolymer and a Boxcar base on my Kelsey 5x8,
cuts when you buy a base, which you'll definitely want to do (note
that you need a non-base area for the gauge pins).
>need and having it cut appropriately if you anticipate upsizing your
> (And it might be worth considering buying a larger base than you
press at some point.)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Gerald Lange
> To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2007 12:25 AM
> Subject: [PPLetterpress] Re: 5 x 8 kelsey questions
> In regard to photopolymer you will want to contact Boxcar Press
> Their smallest base will just fit into the Kelsey chase. I'm not sure
> I would recommend the Kelsey but it somewhat depends upon your set up,
> and your enthusiasm. Eventually, if you do want to go to a higher
> level, I'd suggest a C&P (an 8 x 12 is a nice press) or a Vandercook
> (bit harder to find on the cheap these days). And the base will still
> be of use to you.
> --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "sarapture" <jodisax@> wrote:
> > Hello PPL friends. I am very new to letterpress (have just taken one
> > beginner's course), so I apologize for the amateurish nature of my
> > questions, especially if they have been asked before.
> > I have the opportunity to purchase a 5 x 8 kelsey excelsior for
> > $300. I realize that this press has its limitations. My questionis -
> > if I am just printing cards and little things for myself tolearn and
> > experiment in the beginning, is the quality of this press goodenough
> > to even bother with, or should I save my pennies and wait until acould
> > higher quality press is available and I have space to put it? I am
> > interested in starting a letterpress card business eventually, but
> > right now I am in the learning stages.
> > More importantly, is it possible to use photopolymer plates on this
> > Finally, if anybody has suggestions regarding better quality
> > portable-ish presses in the under $1000 range (such as one that
> > transition from a hobby press to a small job professional usepress),
> > I would appreciate it.myself and
> > Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I am
> > going to read the archives of this group to better educate
> > avoid having to post newbie questions for you all in the future.
> > Warm regards,
> > Jodi
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