You see, this is the problem. I call HP and ask if there is any place in New York City where I could see either the HP 30 or the HP 130 in action - and do a test print and they tell me that in all of New York State there are only two places (both would mean a trip on Metro North at the very least) and one place in New Jersey. His exact phrase was that looking for these two printers was like looking for a needle in a haystack. And this is the sales rep. at HP who's job it is to sell these things.
Give me a break. Give me a big break. I don't think that even if I rubbed Buddy's nose on the 7960, he could go out and find a larger format HP printer.
So you know what - they might be the greatest thing on earth - but I'm going to cross them off my list. I'm not living in some cybercave. I need real things that are around and that people have experience with and that I can see results from before I buy.
I will wait until Photokina (as I've said before) but after that, if no new Epson announcements it's the 2200 (possibly with a RIP) and that's about as far as my thinking goes right now. I suspect that HP has just divided the sales force from the actual products for some crazy reason. For all I know, the 130 is the best thing since sliced bread... but it is just too rarified a commodity right now. (take a breath dave). Damn.