I'm hoping Neil is around here...
A friend of mine has to purchase a new 44" plotter, and the HP 3100 looks like a winner, by specs at least.
Since it's nowhere to be found around here (Italy), I'd love to hear first-hand impressions from the lucky ones who may have played with it, say during the beta-test phase or something like that.
He's expecially interested in accurate color reproduction in midtone transictions and in BW work. Also he'd like to know something about available/recommended papers in 44" roll format.