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Buying type, leads & typesetting

It’s a sad fact, but we can never guarantee delivery times. We do things as quickly as we can, and we’ll try to give you some idea of how long they’ll take, but if you need a job in a hurry we may not be able to help.

Buying new type
Leads
Rules
Typesetting
Payments


 

Buying new type

Buying new type can be a daunting experience if you’re not used to it; there are a number of factors to consider, but the basic costs are worked out as follows:

Casting costs: £35 per kg (minimum casting costs: £125 at one size)
Additional costs: Shipping & insurance, display matrix hire: £120 per set (if needed)

  • We have lists of available Composition typefaces and a list of Display typefaces.
  • We don’t keep a lot of type in stock; if we do have any, it will be in the Shop.
  • We sometimes have to hire display matrices for our own use; if we do, then we can cast founts without having to charge the matrix hire fee. Sign up to our mailing list to be kept up to date with what additional faces we can currently cast.
  • Because typefaces can vary dramatically, it can be very difficult to estimate weights. As a rough guide, a full fount of composition sized type will come to around £140, while a quarter fount of 72pt type could be between 25kg and 40kg (£875 – £1,400). Before casting large orders, we’ll estimate a price and discuss what to do if that price turns out to be impossible.
  • If you’re unsure about what strength fount you need, have a look at our Fount Schemes page.
  • We normally ship by an affordable courier; large orders (over 50kg) will normally be sent on a pallet. If you have particular requirements, we’re happy to accommodate them.

For more information, or to place an order, please email effrapress@gmail.com

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Leads

We normally keep stocks of 12pt, 6pt, 3pt, 2pt, 1.5pt and 1pt leads, which are sold in 0.5kg packets; they’ll be in the Shop as well. If we don’t have stock of the leads you need, a special casting will have a minimum setup cost, and minimum order quantity.

For more information, or to place an order, please email effrapress@gmail.com

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Rules

We don’t tend to keep stock of rules; they can be cast to order, subject to a setup charge and our minimum order.

For more information, or to place an order, please email effrapress@gmail.com

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Typesetting

Thanks to our computer-controlled Composition Caster, we can take your existing digital text document, and send you a ‘soft proof’ of how your copy will look before it’s cast. This means that any necessary changes can be done in the digital domain before setting takes place, saving time and money. We can provide you with a correction fount for your setting, or align the new setting to your existing type.

Once the soft proofs have been passed, up to two sets of galley proofs can be sent before the type is dispatched. After the type has been cast and proofed, you pay for corrections that were your fault, and we pay for corrections that were our fault. Simple.

You’ll also need to pay a deposit on the metal used, which will be refunded when you return the metal.

For a typesetting estimate, please email us with as much detail as you have.

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Payments

We can take payments via PayPal, BACS transfer, cheques or cash on collection.

First-time customers will need to pay for type and typesetting before it will be sent out. For typesetting jobs, we’ll need to take a deposit to cover the metal, which will be refunded when the type is returned.

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