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Standard Typewriters » Remington 12 VS Underwood 5 » Yesterday 16:03:15

Carl
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Thank you for this review.
Finally I found an Underwood 5 in excellent condition.
Affectively I wanted to start with this mythical machine and easier to maintain I think the Remington.
But I think that at the level of the striking the Remington is very interesting. It will surely be a part of my modest collection which now also includes a flamboyant Erika M.

Electric Typewriters » Recently Bought This Facit 1830 » Yesterday 14:38:46

Roginald
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Uwe wrote:

I have an 1820, and as Michael suggested, it's for the carbon ribbon system. The lever, when moved to the right, places tension on the driver roller in the ribbon feed mechanism. If you don't have any carbon ribbon for the machine then it's nothing that you have to worry about. 

My 1820:
http://typewriterdatabase.com/img/gfacit%20_3237_1410457154.jpg


An overview of the carbon ribbon system. You can see the lever you're asking about on the left and the carbon ribbon/film that passes through the feed mechanism behind it:
http://typewriterdatabase.com/img/g3237_9485__9485_1410457273.jpg


Here's the take up spool for the carbon ribbon, which is missing from your machine:
http://typewriterdatabase.com/img/g3237_9489__9489_1410457311.jpg


A little difficult to see, but the ribbon path showing the lever can be seen in the top yellow sticker:
http://typewriterdatabase.com/img/g3237_9495__9495_1410457469.jpg

Great info, thanks.

I've just picked up a Facit 1820. I think it's excellent, as electrics go. I don't like the motor noise, and the tabulation doesn't work, but apart from that it's fairly incredible. The platen is soft, it prints very nicely even with the ink ribbon, and even better with the carbon ribbon, and, by far, I can type faster on this than any other typewriter.

In spite of it taking up more room than my other typewriters, I can't imagine ever getting rid of it unless the motor dies or something similarly terminal.

How do you like yours, e.g. do you have other electrics that you prefer?
 

Standard Typewriters » Hermes Ambassador » Yesterday 14:28:03

Roginald
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Bob3k wrote:

Sorry to hear your experience hasn't been so great, Roginald. After some negotiating, I picked up my Ambassador this week, and it's delightful, and gigantic! The carriage is very smooth, and with some thick padding underneath it, the machine isn't too noisy. It's a very solid typer and I'm happy to have it! I've set the touch at about the middle, and I like it there fine. On the lightest setting, it's a bit spongy for me, and on the hardest setting, very snappy, almost like my SM9.

I'm glad you are happy with yours, and I may well end up being very happy with mine if and when I put some work into restoring it. I like the look of it, that's for sure, so I may well end up putting the time in. I've got the touch at the lightest and it still seems a bit hard to me, but there's lots to try, obviously cleaning the mechanism, then maybe using a rubber backing sheet to make it more forgiving, i.e. to get a decent character impression over a wider range of hardness of key presses.
 

Standard Typewriters » Remington 12 VS Underwood 5 » Yesterday 01:29:24

Nobody asked me, but:  I own a Remington 16, very similar to a 12, and a number of Underwood 5's in various states, all functional but none professional restored.  The Remington seems to have been well maintained in its working life and stored carefully when it was retired.

i agree about the Remington being more "flexible" although I never thought about it.  if I had to put it into words I'd say it had more of a cushion in the deceleration at the end of the stroke so your fingertips take less of a beating. But it's still mechanically vigorous and a workout for the fingers, perhaps more so than the #5.  The Remington is noticeably larger and more steampunk, if you will allow the expression: more external appurtenances and odd visible mechanisms - the net territory on top of the machine approaches a small aircraft carrier.  OK, a slight exaggeration. As a pianist I feel you will enjoy the Remington more, the action seems longer and with a more organic accumulation of energy from the stroke. But really this is all personal preference and it is a hard thing to ask to choose one never having played one and relying on other people's descriptions, not even being able to try them out first.

 i would choose the Remington for all the reasons aforesaid - as mentioned less common, and i think has an action you will enjoy more. It does take up noticeably more real estate, though. But perhaps the choice was already made.

Type Talk » New York Times Article » Yesterday 01:07:48

Fleetwing wrote:

And you seem to have a thing for Skyriters! I got one in the spring (British made) and it's very nice, I have to say.

Nobody asked me, but: SkyRiters have nearly a perfect touch to me - solid, slightly resisting, with the satisfying accumulation of energy under your finger stroke until the slug strikes the paper, with notes of nutmeg. Just kidding about the nutmeg. To me they have even better actions than the larger line of Smith Corona portables which while very respectable seem slightly more pedestrian.

I never used a Selectric long enough or perhaps I was not fast enough to notice the lag, but sometimes very noticeable on electronic typewriters which can be very disconcerting. I imagine even more disconcerting to a very fast typist used to manuals. I've noticed something similar on an IBM C Executive which seems to lag the keyboard slightly, though not sure if a feature of the breed or if this particular one just needed more cleaning. The Executive is a lovely machine but I never really took to it - the inhuman precision of its imprint discouraged casual use.

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