I've done some research on this topic since I am planning on purchasing a printer soon as well. One of my requirements is to print at least 11" wide, and I think I found the one I will purchase when I am ready. www.epson.ca/cgi-bin/ceStore/j… I've read some killer reviews on it, and seems like a great choice for fine art prints!
Not HP! for the love of god! NOT HP! (I have one, I hate it. Not much quality in terms of printing, terrible ink consumption (every time you turn it on it uses about 10% of each ink), and they still don't have the "wireless" printer down yet, (the wireless thing never worked well, then stopped working entirely after a week,) and I have to install the "driver" for almost every print job (once in the middle of a print job) but the previous ones are not replaced, so I have to give a new name for it to install... ) I needed it once for printing out an application, just one page... black and white... but I was out of cyan... so it refused (even though it has a "black only" print setting, it needs to be set before you run out of a color... )
Best thing I can suggest is go to a shop and see if they'll let you print something out. My workforce is okay but it wasn't as good as my konica minolta but that was like a 600 dollar laser printer. I bought a brother to replace it, it was horrible so I returned it. Got something else and while slightly better, I haven't used it since it ran out of ink. Just wasn't up to park with the Konica. Printers can be so darn finicky between types of media, like something watercolor vs a photograph.