I have an Epson 4880 (got a really good price several years ago, after selling my old 13" Epson to a friend and giving him a good price) the 4880 only cost around $800!
I love printing my own work - picking the paper, getting vision to come alive. I believe Ansel Adams said something to the effect "the negative is the score, the print is the symphony".
I started out with Cibachrome in grad school (many years ago) and was about to get a wet darkroom when I got married and bought a house. However I did not like the idea of chemicals and when digital printing came along, ... the rest is history.
In the end, the capture is only the start of the image making process - the print completes it.
I certainly would agree. I would also add that the final end of the print creation process is actually the matting (color and texture of mat, how many mats, etc), the framing (choosing color of frame, material, size, texture, etc), and then the display lighting used to show off the best attributes of the art. Then the total piece of art is done. Some would argue that the end result is when someone takes it home to add to their home decor and then tell stories to their friends of when and where they acquired it. Art actually keeps on giving to those that appreciate it.