Graphic Designers! (I know you are out there.)

I need a good postscript printer that gives somewhat accurate Pantone Colors and can accommodate a full spread with bleeds. (Minimum 12" x 18" sheet) Looking at Epson Stylus Pro 1800 Professional Edition. Any others out there I should consider? I don't want to spend anymore than $1,200.

Thanks for your input.

Tuarreg