We’re getting an Epson 9900 (refurbished, never been inked up, with 1 year Epson warranty) to replace our current 9900.
I know IJM recommends testing a printer with Epson ink before flushing and installing Piezography inks. But if the Epson inks make the heads more prone to clogging, wouldn’t it make sense to keep the OEM ink out of the machine? Or does the OEM ink allow for some internal calibrations or setup that is difficult/impossible to do without the OEM ink? For example, our Canon printers read a set of printed patches at initial setup and head replacements that help linearize the output and align the print head.
Also, to allow for gloss and matte printing without going into service mode and changing PK>Mk, would it make sense to omit one of the very light inks (for example, install matte black in the orange channel and omit warm:very light)? Then one could remap the curves to account for the different ink positions. Kind of like a P2 installation in a 9800.
I know the 9900 lets one change between photo and matte black easily and with a small amount of ink waste, but I thought maybe this would reduce wear and tear on the machine. We don’t swap black inks too often, maybe every other week.