(Closed) Gocco Buying!

posted 11 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

errr – maybe I am dense.  What is Gocco?

Post # 4
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

I own a B6 (blue model) which is exactly the same as its newer replacement the PG-5 (orange model).

If you’re going to make lots of prints that need precise registration (aka. multiple screens to make one print), then I’d recommend a PG10/11 (again… pretty much exactly the same).  You can set up any gocco model for registration, but these models make it easier, which is why they’re more expensive.

They all use the same size screen (100x150mm) and 2 flashbulbs each. 

I hope that helps you out? 

The other model is the PG-Arts/B5 … which makes larger prints (165x235mm), takes larger screens and uses 4 flashbulbs per print. Whereas the smaller prints are about $5-6/screen to burn, the larger prints cost about $15/screen.

Post # 5
47 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008 - Zen Garden in the East Bay w/ reception in a floor-to-ceiling window Atrium with views of the Zen Garden

My gfs gifted me the PG-11. I have yet to try it.

Post # 6
22 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

I chose the PG-5 because all the supplies are so pricey! You can’t reuse the bulbs or screens (unless you get really creative).

Mine came amazingly packaged within days from Japan. I haven’t used it yet, but I plan on toying with it this weekend.

Post # 7
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I’ve got a B5, which is really an adequate screen for wedding materials.  Even if your invites are larger than the print screen (about a little less than 4×6 inches) you really just have to remember that you dont print over the ENTIRE page of invitations, and of course you can get really creative with screen printing and you’ll find that the smaller size is a good investment for your purposes.  If you plan on printing larger surfaces (like tee shirts) then you should consider getting a larger model but remember those take larger more expensive screens and twice as many flashbulbs that are all one-time use.  So think about what you will be printing and how large of an area you will be needing and go with that model.  I think the most popular model among novices like myself is the B5, and I’m thrilled with how all of my print material is turning out! 

Post # 8
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

OH MY GOSH PG-5 not B5.  I’m just confusing everyone at this point.  PG-5!!!

Post # 9
5 posts

I have both sizes and they’re both handy in different ways. The small B6 size is good for small projects and cheaper to use since you use only 2 lamps and the screens are less expensive (and easier to find). That said, the printing area is pretty limited and I found that it’s hard to print to the very edge of the screen since the foam underneath isn’t as resistant along its edges.

 The B5 is great because the printing area is generous, but you waste a lot of lamps in the process. I ended up using both for my invitations, but couldn’t have done them without the B5 because my design went to the edges of the invitation. If you had to choose, go with the B5! Or be a greedy biotch like me and get both!

Post # 11
18 posts
  • Wedding: June 2007


You might also try looking at the Flickr Gocco group.  They post amazing pictures and have some great forums full of advice.

Good Luck! 

Post # 12
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2004

Here’s a link that explain what gocco is:


I own a PG-5 but if you don’t know how to use a gocco, I suggest you to ask someone who knows how to use the machine to do your invitations.  It is  a lot of work involved and supplies are expensive.  The ink, light bulb and screen print can run up to $75 dollars.  Plus there are trials and errors and it might not turn out exactly when printing.  Also the cleaning is a hassle but who know some people like me thinks it fun.  I enjoy playing with my gocco.  Anyway good luck on deciding which gocco model you are getting and have fun with it.  

Post # 13
1 posts
  • Wedding: May 2018

My dad bought me a B6 for my birthday and I haven’t tried it yet, but I am so excited to!!  I def. think it looks like the easiest one to use 🙂

Good luck and enjoy!

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