If you have done your homework and are truly ready to do it, then ryonet is a great place to get you started. Any kit you buy from them will allow you to print almost "out of the box", that said, you may find that you like other equipment and supplies better once you get rolling, but you will at least have a great idea of what you need.
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Right on. I have found that I don't like many of their supplies personally. I had issues with their emulsions, cleaners, inks. I went to franmar for some cleaners and removers, Saati for emulsions, other places for inks and was BLOWN AWAY by the difference. I almost thought that some of the Ryonet stuff was watered down. Other stuff like their emulsion scoops, I have 2 and they just lose their end caps so you have to tape them down or permatex them on. I got an AWT pro 2 with the dual edge. WOW! another massive difference.
My 2 cents. You can get comparable supplies such as chemicals and inks that are in these kits, for the same price elsewhere, sometimes lower. And in my experience they are better. And by better, I mean they work well and save you time. Time is money.
I have the silver press, and am learning it is what it is. A cheap press that is "OK". I am just hoping I can make it work for what I need it to until I can move on from it. I have the micros as well and they are ok. They make the registration easier. A bit.
If I were to do it all over I would:
1) Avoid starter kits. On the surface they appear to be deals. I'm thinking they're not so much.
2) Buy my supplies elsewhere. That means emulsions, chemicals, inks, scoop coaters, screens, tapes, maybe squeegees. For instance their ergo squeegees can be had elsewhere cheaper. Regular wood handle squeegees I have a few from different places and they seem to be comparable. Saati ships for free and their emulsions and chemicals are great. I use their Grafic HU and it is a night and day difference to Ryonet's Dual Cure emulsion, which was just weird. I once got an emulsion container from Ryonet that was empty. they replaced of course. While I do like Saati's chemicals and cleaners, I find Franmar to be the best. They are green and maybe a BIT more expensive, but they go further and have cut my time cleaning and such by about 60%.
Why I am still using a dual cure emulsion I do not know yet? I keep thinking that maybe I will use water based ink on a poster or something one day?
3) Bought a different press. While the silver is OK. it's not that great IMHO. I have issues with it. Partly due to user error, partly because IT IS a cheap press. Let's be honest. A 4/1 tabeltop press from anywhere else is more. Sometimes much more. There is a reason why. Once you add 4 micros you are up to around $800 or $900, which could get you a bit better entry press like a Vastex V1000 if you hold out and save up another $400. But I still would have went further and gotten a Vastex V-2000 tabletop in a 4/1 which is 3X the price. BUT it is modular meaning you can built it out over time to a full on 10/10 free standing press. I am working on getting the V2000 as we speak.
4) If you still want to get a silver press, get the press and then get your supplies elsewhere. If you go to Ryonet's eBay page they will take a best offer on a bunch of their stuff. I saved about $20 on my 4/1 silver. For some odd reason, they offer BETTER warranties on eBay on other things like Flash units, etc. Weird...
I'm not bad mouthing Ryonet. Customer service is great. I just am learning the hard way. And the positive thing is I have learned. Some of it was very frustrating, but I still learned. I just think in hindsight, FOR MYSELF, I would have been better served holding out and getting a better press and supplies from the start and I would be further along. It also depends on your goals. Then again, a $2700 tabletop press seems like a lot of dough to cough up for a new guy. Maybe it pays to dabble in cheaper pressed to see if you've got what it takes to go forward? Cut your losses kind of thing if you don't like it. YMMV.