The short version is, about 12 months ago I started an endeavour that began as a great opportunity to teach 3rd and 4th year Printmaking at Lakehead University and ended with a letterpress.
The press, a 6.5×10 Chandler and Price, had been living in the print studio under a table, covered in dust for who knows how long. The rollers were cracked. Many parts were missing. My best guess would be that no one had printed with it for 30 years.
A slim budget and other priorities within the department, made this press mine for a price. Don Black Linecasting was a wealth of knowledge. He recovered the rollers and pointed me in the right direction to find the rest of my pieces.
The base came from Boxcar. I ordered based on their recommendation and have no regrets or complaints.