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11-5-2017 18:25:13  #1


Review: Consul 232 (?)

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Review: Consul 232 (?)

I just received this machine in the mail today but like it so much that I felt motivated to write a review rather than add a post to new acquisitions.

In typewriters as in life it’s usually more satisfying to find a gemstone in the rough than to pay full market price and not just for the economy. It’s the feeling of having rescued a pound puppy, of finding something that others have not appreciated but is worth more to you than to everybody else who might define the market in market price. I am not claiming to have “discovered” Consul typewriters in general or this particular model which only I have the wit to enjoy, so let’s get that out of your system now (stares down would be hecklers in peanut gallery)!  I am only writing about this particular machine, which I won with a modest bid after making several extravagant purchases in the last few months.

Several teething problems, first of which was that I was so excited to try it out that the slick body slid from my grasp and hit the top of a cushioned chair and slid to the floor!  Ouch.  No apparent external damage but I can’t know if the internal derangement was a result of this blow or not: the carriage would not advance even with manual help when typing though moved freely with the carriage release, and it took about a kilo force to raise the carriage to the shift position. I knew enough to know WHERE to look and after poking at the escapement was rewarded by one of those “repairs” accomplished by poking at the mechanism until something out of normal position pops back in even though you never know what that mystery part was – whatever was jammed was jamming the carriage shift too. Drop of solvent on the bell mechanism got it ringing, then I deftly knock the fishing line off the spool!  If only I knew a Czech curse.  Managed to retension the spring and wrap the line around it again and everything works properly, and put the bottom back on the machine.

I formed my opinion of the machine before I found the instruction booklet, and it pretty much matched this copy:

It is both simple and efficient, practical yet beautiful … It has both a light touch and a uniform legibility to equal that of the normal ‘standard’ machine. “ 

It is reminiscent of the Skyriter in its size, its truly surprising light weight given a mostly metal construction, and its surprising surefootedness given its size.  It’s a worker and not a quaint miniature and deserves respect. The text is a prosaic pica which looks best at 1.5 spacing and does not really invite boasting about its fine imprint, but that’s not the point.  It’s a writing tool and it is pleasant to write with, adequate to read.
 
The remaining challenge is that the paper is gripped but loosely and tilts and moves to the left as you type.  I have found a quick fix for this is to brush stripes of rubber cement on the platen and allow it to dry. I hear purists objecting for unknown reasons, but it works at least temporarily and cannot even permanently alter the platen as it can be rubbed off. The platen is shot anyway. I call it a model 232 after a similar photo at Oz Typewriter though I cannot make the serial number line up to this model by the instructions at the Typewriter Database, or any other model number for that matter.  Serial # is 031159864.
 


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11-5-2017 20:21:01  #2


Re: Review: Consul 232 (?)

Can't see your photo, but sounds like you have a 1960 Consul Comet (or what I call a model 311).


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11-5-2017 21:48:45  #3


Re: Review: Consul 232 (?)

It's been a while but I thought I had double checked that it was really shared.  Does this work?

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12-5-2017 02:54:35  #4


Re: Review: Consul 232 (?)

They are lovely little machines and light as a feather. Mine has something playing up with the line selector, but I haven't really investigated it yet; with luck, simple to sort. It has a distinctive touch: so light, and hardly any movement or bounce to the keys, but there you are. The opposite of an Olympia or other over-engineered machine, it feels a bit like the old injunction to ;live lightly on the earth' - it's designed to do exactly what it needs to do and no more and no less. 

 

12-5-2017 17:20:43  #5


Re: Review: Consul 232 (?)

I give up on Google photos. Let's try Imgur, and sorry for repetition.
http://i.imgur.com/xDxJ91L.jpg


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13-5-2017 05:44:24  #6


Re: Review: Consul 232 (?)

These are rare in the UK, but I had one to service for a customer last year (who brought it from France !).  I was most impressed with it.  Rather like the factory examined Olympia and Smith-Corona machines of the same size and then based their design on the best features of both.  If I would have owned a typewriter shop 40 or 50 years ago, I would certainly have investigated getting an agency to sell these machines alongside my 'mainstream' Olympias ! 

 

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