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06-6-2018 15:53:33  #1611


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

Latest acquisitions, both from Craigslist locally -- a West Bromwich-made SCM Skyriter (about 1961 I think) and an L.C. Smith No. 8, from 1933 as best as I can tell. Same seller, but purchased at different times. Ten dollars for each.

The Skyriter's ribbon cover was somewhat cockeyed, but by forming the hinges and the latch I got it sorted out. The latch is a little tight, but it will be fine. The zipper on the case is shot, unfortunately, and there isn't any place around here that makes these sorts of repairs that I have found.

But the machine itself is a real pleasure to use, I must say -- type alignment is exemplary, and very nice touch. The ribbon was pretty dry, so I found cash register ribbon (purple color) at Staples that is of a shorter than standard typewriter spool length to fit the smaller spools. Looks pretty decent, I think. This is a nice machine.

The L.C. Smith looked nice in the pictures but was more of a project -- pretty seized up, and it took a while to get the escapement working and the carriage to move freely. A combination of rust and gunk. Likewise the typebars required several applications of mineral spirits and lighter fluid to get working, which they now do, very snappily thanks to those ball bearings. The bell trip mechanism is rather complicated, and fiddly to get adjusted so that the bell rings at all -- it's still pretty quiet, but that seems to be the case with a lot of the Smith and Smith Coronas I've dealt with. 

This is a rebuilt machine -- crinkle finish black paint, and the L.C. Smith decal only appears on the paper tray. Most important, though, the rollers and platen are in nice condition, most likely replaced when the machine was rebuilt. A right hand line spacing lever, the first I've experienced. Not bad at all to use, though.

All that remains is to try and get the type aligned better -- the ball bearing typebar Smiths don't have a regular segment, so each typebar is held in place by a screw that has to be loosened in order to move the typebar up or down. (And each such screw appears to clamp down two typebars.) I can't see how to get in at these screws, even the ones on the extreme sides, and even if I did, I can see getting the typebars shifted to align properly may be the very definition of "tedious." But I'd love to hear from anybody who has experience with this adjustment.

 

07-6-2018 12:32:00  #1612


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

You've been busy! Nice machines, and a super-bargain - even after factoring in the sweat equity.


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07-6-2018 13:19:03  #1613


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

And someone a little farther afield has a Remington All-New that I want to check out. I have one of these already, and it's a really nice machine, but hard to come by, so I'd like another.

Sweat equity -- that's partly what makes this fun! Nothing like bringing a machine back to life, though I freely admit some things beyond my abilities and available time.

 

08-6-2018 16:32:21  #1614


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

The "All-New Personal Portable" has to be one of my favorite designs, so much so that I can't stop buying them whenever I come across one. I particularly like the two-tone black and grey model, but of course any colour will do.


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08-6-2018 18:31:15  #1615


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

The one I do have has the all green keys. Unfortunately, the spring that holds the paper tray in place was missing, so I have gaffer's tape in place to keep it from falling off. (And as you know, the margin setting is done by swinging the paper tray back.) Wish I could find that part.

 

11-6-2018 14:52:52  #1616


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

Hey all,

New member here, made my first purchase today. I chose a Smith Corona Sterling in practically new condition with original case, key, paperwork and locking mechanism. I thought it was a pretty good buy at $83.72 delivered given the condition it appears to be in.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/keMAAOSw-W9bHWiH/s-l1600.jpg


https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/6ZkAAOSw95lbHWjt/s-l1600.jpg


https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/9wkAAOSwty5bHWm7/s-l1600.jpg


https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/LXQAAOSwD7dbHWl2/s-l1600.jpg

 

11-6-2018 14:55:34  #1617


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

I didn't see the option to edit, but those are the auction photos. I should be receiving it by the end of the week.

 

12-6-2018 13:30:54  #1618


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

I picked up a red Corona 4 while I was out of town for work last week.  I am hoping I learned enough from watching packing videos that it will survive the trip here.  Poor guy at FedEx had me hovering until it was double boxed and secured.  It should arrive tomorrow.  


Smith Premier 4 typewriters are cool!
 

12-6-2018 14:14:05  #1619


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

Now that you mention it, I hope the seller packaged mine properly as well.  I'll find out this Saturday I guess.

 

12-6-2018 15:50:41  #1620


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

Picked these two up today. Craigslist - I wouldn't say stellar deals, but fair deals:. Both appear to be in excellent shape (espcailly the Quiet Deluxe), just need a little cleaning.


http://www.wiseheadproductions.com/ftp/photo/typewriter/Royal-001.jpg


http://www.wiseheadproductions.com/ftp/photo/typewriter/Royal-009.jpg

 

 

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