I have some Applescripts that set the default printer using "Printer Setup Utility", that seems gone in Mavericks.
Anyone have an alternative to suggest?
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You can use AppleScript to execute shell scripts, so you can use:
do shell script ("lpoptions -d printername")
printername with the actual printer name. It may not be exactly as it shows in System Preferences (I think ALL non-alphanumeric characters are replaced with underscores, but I'm not certain) so you can view your list of printers with: