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Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 22-2-2018 15:42:25

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colrehogan wrote:

It has been positively ages since I have been on this board.  I seem to have acquired quite a few new machines since I last posted on here.  No idea where to even start. 

The coolest machine is a Smith Premier 4 with directional keys on it.  I may have posted it somewhere, but am not going to spend my whole lunch time searching for an old post.   Several Smith Corona Galaxie and Galaxie II's have made their way home with me.  An Olympia SM-1 w/German keyboard, a Remington Model 1, a Signature 511 (I've heard this is the same as a Brother JP-3), a Smith Corona Silent, a SC tabulator and an Olympia SM-3.  I need to gather things up and update my inventory on typewriter database.  I think I have had a typewriter acquisition problem.  

http://typewriterdatabase.com/1899-smith-premier-4.9475.typewriter
 

Where have you been? You were missed! And yes, you've been busy!

Standard Typewriters » U.S. Army typewriter information needed. » 22-2-2018 10:10:17

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I've got to believe they would have been US machines, yes? Except I'm not sure who if anyone of Remington, Royal, Smith Corona and Underwood would still have been making manual standards in the late 70s. Maybe these were older machines.

You said yours had a ribbon cover that lifted -- meaning that it swung up (rather than came off)? That sounds like a Royal to me.

Maintenance & Repairs » Olympia SG3 (?) Red sticky sludge » 21-2-2018 19:40:58

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Read this post -- scroll down to "Stubborn Brown Goo." This is just what I had on mine. She speculates that it's old lube or maybe glue from the typebar rest. https://myoldtypewriter.wordpress.com/category/olympia-sm7/

Typewriter Photo Galleries » The American Gallery » 21-2-2018 12:58:03

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A worthy project! I love the chamfered edges.

Maintenance & Repairs » Olympia SG3 (?) Red sticky sludge » 21-2-2018 10:45:12

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You said this was "under the typebars" -- do you mean that the typeslugs were sticking to the typebar rest? I had that with an SM9; it took numerous applications of naphtha (and my fingernails) to get it off, once I figured out that it wasn't the segment that needed cleaning. I had to clean it off both the backs of the slugs and the typebar rest. I've heard of this on other Olympias also.

Parts » WTB: Ribbon reverse knob for 1953 Underwood SX » 19-2-2018 16:06:11

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This is the knob that sticks out from the right side of the typewriter -- on this model it's a knob, instead of the crank seen on the earlier Underwoods. It threads onto the shaft that couples to the vertical spool drives.

Picked up a parts machine that's pretty complete, except for this, but I think I need this in order to keep the spool drive mechanism in place and not become disengaged. Thanks.

Portable Typewriters » Has anyone examined the new 'We R Memory Keepers' typewriter - UGH ! » 18-2-2018 23:18:22

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LOL! We get that catalog also. I think you hit the nail on the head about its target market, but they do offer stuff that's good quality and hard to find elsewhere, though I realize the Epoch is an exception to the "good quality" part. Until recently the machines were actually sold under the Vermont Country Store name, but I notice they now are just badged as Royals. (You'd think their target market would still have "real" Royals, Smith-Coronas, etc.up in the attic.)

Maintenance & Repairs » 'Patchy' ink ribbon? » 16-2-2018 13:15:25

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I found this -- the controls and internal layout look like your machine: http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/Nakajima.pdf

Try moving those ribbon gates and see whether the ribbon reverses. It should.

Maintenance & Repairs » 'Patchy' ink ribbon? » 15-2-2018 14:48:47

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The narrow gates the ribbon passes through as it comes off each spool are the mechanism that switches the spool direction. The grommets on the ends of the ribbon cannot pass through the gate, so the gate moves and causes the ribbons to reverse direction. Try moving the gates by hand.

There usually is some sort of button or lever that activates the ribbon reverse without your having to touch the gates, though.

Maintenance & Repairs » 'Patchy' ink ribbon? » 15-2-2018 10:33:27

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I'm going to consider the 10K a Dutch win -- the Canadian winner was a Dutch citizen until three years ago!

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