I have a Hewlett Packard 7585B 8 pin A-E plotter stuffed away in the garage, but it's as ancient as I am, and finding the ink pens for it is just about impossible. I don't think my Autocad 2013 package (a fabulous Christmas present from my son) even has drivers for it, and I haven't been able to find information on how to modify the cabling to adapt it to the newer computers. So it's basically a boat anchor I haven't got the heart to toss out.
Most modern ink jet printers can print both letter(8.5 x 11) and legal(8.5 x 14) sized documents, but they are just not, well, professional enough looking for either architectural or engineering drawings.
But B sized? Totally acceptable.
Problem up to now is that any unit that could handle B sized paper(11 x 17) was/is out of my justifiable price range. True, just like any other credit-card-carrying American, I could whip out the plastic and buy any fancy new plotter or printer on the market... if I lost my marbles and wanted to pay for it for the next ten years.
A local business retail outlet store that sells all manner of printers decided their stock of B size printers were not popular and not moving, so they decided to shove them out the door at fabulously low prices. I walked in at just the right time and became the owner of a major brand name printer that has the affordability I need with the quality required to be professionally acceptable.
I even got a 36-month total coverage insurance policy for repair or replacement in the deal for about a dollar a month.
Now I need to get busy and do something "professional". My other blog, THE IRON HORSE (http://theironhorse.blogspot.com/), has some of the drawings I've been working on.