replacement rollers for ADANA HQ/QH

hi there
I am a complete newbie here
and before making the plunge to get a press (finally!!!)

I wanted to ask the community about replacement rollers

the press I wanna get - finallY!!!!

is an Adana Quatro HQ/QH
but in the never-ending list of things to do
replacement rollers are yet another thing I need to resolve

can anyone help with letting me know how this can be found?
in the UK if possible?
many thanks in advance

(image found from Flickr - hope it is ok to use - just want to make sure we have teh same one in mind here)

image: adana quatro hq-qh.jpg

adana quatro hq-qh.jpg

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I’m certain the rollers can be sourced at Caslon, Ltd. ( as they are involved in re-manufacturing the presses and carry some spare parts for the Adana presses. They are in St. Albans..

If you have the roller cores (shafts) of an old, worn set, you may find other companies who can recover them for you.

John Henry
Cedar Creek Press

Caslon can indeed supply replacement rollers for the Horizontal Quarto press but John Ryder, in his book “Printing for Pleasure” recommends removing the rollers and using a hand-brayer instead for best results.

There is another good address in the UK: Elli Evans.
Check out our website of Drukwerk in de Marge for an extensive and growing list European suppliers and manuals etc.:

Better to spend your money on a large diameter breyer. I have an early model as written about by Ryder and it is a lot easier to leave the ink roller off and use the disk as the ink table. Inking is dependent on the weight of the roller mechanism and as the rollers are not pulled into the type as on the Adana platens any slight uneveness in the forme will give a patchy result.

For the quarto flatbed, indeed John Ryders book ”Printing for Pleasure” is the thing to read. When I had a QFB I found the roller guides were not much good, the rollers tended to come off sideways. So always used a brayer. . Otherwise an excellent press for very short runs. also roller bearers are helpful, if the sheet size allows, assuming you get a brayer around 8 inches wide.

Also to note that the QFB came in at least 2 versions, a flat tin ink slab and a single roller, and a later, better model with rotating disc ink slab, having two forme rollers.

I have a HQ or QH like the photo, which had poor rollers when I got it. I measured the trucks, or “runners” in UK, carefully and had a pair of rollers made on the old cores by Ramco. I got relatively soft ones as the only pressure of the rollers against the type is gravity. I printed a small book as my first project on the press, 48pp in an edition of 150 using the machine’s roller system for inking, and its printing quality was quite satisfactory to me. Ryder was right.