cylinder press for a university letterpress teaching studio

I am looking for a cylinder press for a university letterpress studio.

The ideal press should be in good working condition, something that prints a larger form than our No. 4 Vandercook (though I would consider another No. 4 because it’s a beautiful machine). Our physical limitations include an elevator that lifts 5000lbs, but only has a 47” opening at the door (3’11”) and a span of 108” front door-to-back door (9’). If a feedboard needs to be removed to accommodate the press fitting in the elevator, I am happy to reconnect it onsite. I believe a Universal 3 would fit in the elevator without a feedboard. But, I believe a 219 would not (which is why it’s not on the list below.) Transportation from the press location to our studio is also a concern (moving presses makes me nervous). I am happy to talk about other press options not listed below, if something unusual comes up. All transactions and transport need to take place before Mid-June.

In order of preference I would prefer these press models:
Universal 3
Universal 1
No. 4

The letterpress shop is part of the Department of Art and Design at Middle Tennessee State University—just outside of Nashville—in Murfreesboro, TN. MTSU has a full time faculty member (Kathleen O’Connell) teaching letterpress to graphic design and studio art majors every semester. We proudly send interns to Hatch Show Print. See some of our work at

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