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Maintenance & Repairs » Lettera 32 q key not fully striking the platen » Today 05:21:51

IanJ
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That's really helpful, thanks, and gives me the confidence to go at it with the file! Many thanks for the prompt response.

Maintenance & Repairs » Lettera 32 q key not fully striking the platen » Today 04:36:39

It is anyone's guess how your 'Q' typebar ended up like this.  The typeface may even have been mis-soldered at the factory.  Yes, I would file down the lug on the typebar - but using a needle file with the typebar still in the machine, and taking just a few strokes off at a time, testing carefully inbetween filing operations.

Maintenance & Repairs » Lettera 32 q key not fully striking the platen » Today 04:14:29

IanJ
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Hi all
After some hunting, I finally acquired a lovely 1968 Lettera 32 in great original condition. The only issue (apart from the rubbish PVC case...!) is that the lower case q doesn't fully hit the platen, the bottom of the letter is missing completely. It sounds different to the other keys too, as I assume that all the force of the key strike is going into the segment plate (not the platen). There is a similar issue with the last key on the opposite end of the segment. I've had a close look and used a feeler gauge to check the gap to the platen when the key is fully pressed, which confirms there is a greater gap, compared to other keys. Bending the slug forward would just cause the top of the letter to hit even earlier, still leaving a problem with the tail of the letter. The only logical solution is to file down the lug on the typebar arm, so that it hits the segment plate later and hence the slug gets to hit the platen properly. I'm reluctant to make this non-reversible adjustment in case I'm missing something obvious. It's slightly better on upper case (Q) but still a little faint.
Any thoughts?

Portable Typewriters » How much are Fox No. 1 Portable typewriters worth? » Today 04:08:22

Hi everyone,

I just wondered if anyone know how much Fox No. 1 Portable typewriters are roughly worth? I’ve been offered one, but don’t know what to offer!

Thanks!

Maintenance & Repairs » Help Removing the Platen on a Lettera 25 » Yesterday 15:03:18

Hasnotalent
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Nevermind, I got it. it unscrews as long as the platen is held stationary but I had to REALLY twist on it hard. 

Maintenance & Repairs » Help Removing the Platen on a Lettera 25 » Yesterday 14:59:42

Hasnotalent
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Title basically says it all, I'm having some trouble understanding how to remove the platen. I was able to remove the right platen knob with the typical screws (although they were hard to get at). After that, there's an easily removable piece of metal that lets you lift the right side of the platen out. 

My problem is the left side, I really don't see how it's supposed to come out, does anyone know?

Thank you for your time and your help!

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