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14-1-2017 10:57:47  #11


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

That is some serious dedication.  I just couldn't start with something that bad, I'd have to try and find something much less rusty but poor condition still.

You obviously really like a challenge.

Amazing job

 

14-1-2017 17:36:16  #12


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

It's more than just the work; in most cases a proper restoration of a common model doesn't make financial sense because it represents a significant outlay of cash, especially when you have metal parts replated and rubber replaced. And it's certainly far more difficult to find a buyer for such a machine, one who understands what a restoration entails and is willing to pay for the costs associated with it. 


"To save time is to lengthen life."
 

14-1-2017 19:59:52  #13


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

In the 35 years I've been in typewriter repair, I had thought I'd found the machines that would classify as "rare" or "collector," only to have these defined as lesser machines.  And, as was said, to "properly" restore a typewriter--to re-rubber, dismantle, re-assemble, re-chrome, repaint, re-decal--everything to make that machine look as though it had NEVER been touched by human hands in its whole 100+-year-old life--would take a wad of cash so big it could wipe out the National Debt.  Now, I ask, what typewriter out there--made by humanity, has achieved the record of being the MOST expensive, rarest, most highly sought-after, Tom-Hanks-couldn't-even-afford-it title?  What machine out there extant today would, if you took one to the Antiques Road Show, would make the emcee go "WOW!!!  Have fun in Cancun!!"


Underwood--Speeds the World's Bidness
 

15-1-2017 13:44:17  #14


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

Hansen Writing Ball.
Last one sold for over $130K!


My blog - Just Typewriters
 
 

16-1-2017 00:31:35  #15


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

I wonder if Tom Hanks bought that one.


Underwood--Speeds the World's Bidness
 

28-1-2017 00:13:31  #16


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

I don't know why, but that thing always looked to me like some hors d' oeuvre--or a fondue set.


Underwood--Speeds the World's Bidness
 

30-4-2017 22:10:27  #17


Re: Show Us Your Restoration Before & After Photos

1940 Royal KMM

Before:
http://i1146.photobucket.com/albums/o528/SquireDante/Royal%20KMM%204_zpslrios1we.jpg?t=1493521769

After:
http://i1146.photobucket.com/albums/o528/SquireDante/Royal%20KMM%2069_zpskd9onmep.jpg?t=1493521771

 

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