I've always sort of wanted to own a plotter, but never went for full pro equipment. Guess I knew I'd just want to play with one. Plotters at home never caught on that much, as the other printing techniques were eventually able to produce similar results on the A4-size. Still, there's something elegant about that paper-traversing pen.
Well, here's one tiny
|It will probably fetch $1000 from eBay at 2025. |
Incidentally, don't think the X-07 is worth more than 40-50$, please.
|PSU-modded. I suppose the mechanism is identical between CBM, Sharp etc. models.|
The pens that came with the plotter had dried a long time ago, and attempts at rejuvenating them with water have failed despite coughing up some ink. So, I ordered some plotter pens from eBay. These are old too, but supposedly never opened. (They cost more than the plotter. Some things never change). They are not perfect, but still, I'm surprised they work at all.
|Cleverly, the pens are contained in the paper roll axle. (centimetre grid)|
At the moment, it seems my plotter has some difficulties changing the pen colour reliably. It may be because I somehow wrecked the delicate parts of the pen revolver when replacing the pens. Oh well.
|Note that here the black pen had some trouble when moving right.|
The bottom left corner is "bolder" from multiple passes.
From what little I have seen this tiny plotter is able to keep the coordinates very well. The printer uses a mechanism to perforate the paper slightly from the edges. These tiny holes are at the same time used for holding the paper in position (much like matrix printers use the ready-made holes to align the paper).
It appears that most of these small plotters of the era used the same ALPS mechanism with pens of same size, so Sharp, VIC, Casio and Canon plotters might have interchangeable parts.
But who was the intended user for the plotter, or for that matter, the strange Canon X-07+plotter combo? Imagine in 1983, a businessman pulling it out of the bag during a meeting, throwing together some lines of BASIC that plot out the latest sales curve projection...
|It's a big world out there, son, and you've got to compete. No time chasing balls of string. |
With the Canon pltoter, you can have that crucial edge...