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I could never have anticipated that my first post upon returning to Australia would disclose the acquisition of Heidelberg platen 10×15 press – but it’s true!  Just three days after landing I was sleepless with jetlag, and late night eBay browsing (‘just to see what’s out there’) led me directly to this letterpress, listed here in Melbourne! Good fortune in bidding fell my way – and whilst there’s a bit of work needed to get the machine up and running (a new single phase motor or transformer is in order) – my mind is spinning with the possibilities this addition will bring.

The letterpress delivery and installation was a sight to behold: firstly a remote controlled mechanical arm lifted the machine from the back of the delivery truck and deposited it in the garage.

Then our expert removalist (ably assisted by T) used two metal rods to set up a roller base, and rolled the press towards its destination.  T was comparing himself to an Egyptian pyramid builder! It was surprising how effective this simple approach was for moving a one tonne press!  I’m happy to report all fingers are intact.

Finally, the biggest crowbar ever and pure brute strength manoeuvred the press into position.

Fingers crossed it’s not too long before the Heidelberg is inked up and printing once again.

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