"I should have twigged, even back then, seeing how the old 9-pin one was better constructed than the later 24-pin one."
Hehe, I remember having my ancient three head dot matrix printer sitting on the same printer stand with an Epson 24 pin dot matrix printer.
After a few pages, the Epson was summarily dumped onto the floor by the bruiser sharing the printer stand.
Paper jams? That thing crushed and shredded any paper residue. Dump a bit of isopropyl about to clean it every few months or so and life was good.
Ribbon? Who needs ribbons? It embossed the paper anyway!
Then, there was the old Xerox high capacity laser printer, went through reams of paper. Used a bit of toner, which went into a vast hopper, no fancy cartridges or disposable drums. The only real item that was truly like one of today's consumables were the microswitches, which did fail far more often than anything else in that bruiser.
Bloody thing had the torque of a donkey engine too!
Oh, well. If I need dead trees, I either use my classic HP LJ5N or my Xerox Phaser wax ink printer today. Some prick stole my three head dot matrix while I was deployed. :/