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Earlier this year my Epson 2200 bit the dust. Two of the colors stopped printing cleanly despite several go-rounds with new cartridges, cleaning cycles, etc. I've had it for quite a few years and have made many prints on it that I've sold in galleries and shows. I could ship it somewhere for repair, or just buy an R3000, which is what I'm leaning towards because it's gotten excellent reviews and it's better at B+W printing which the 2200 always struggled a bit with, especially WRT metameric shifts in different light.
Before I splash out for the Epson, is there any reason to consider anything else, e.g., the Canon Pixma Pro 1?
Also what's the shelf life of the R3000 inks in storage? There are no local stores where I can buy the Epson inks so with the 2200 I got in the habit of keeping a complete backup set on hand, but I was told this is a bad idea because the have a limited shelf life. I expect I'll go through ink pretty fast initially because it will be my new "toy" and I'll be running lots of tests and printing on everything in sight. So I was thinking of buying a complete replacement set right when I buy the printer. Bad idea?