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Type Talk » Schreibkugel!!! Liquidate your assets before May 21! » 18-5-2016 09:07:58

Foljambe
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Thanks beak. 
Let me know if you want to sell one of yours. I can't go over $75,000.

Type Talk » Schreibkugel!!! Liquidate your assets before May 21! » 17-5-2016 17:56:18

Foljambe
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The holy grail of typewriters is coming up for auction in Germany.
If you're like me...
you can't afford it.
Good luck!
http://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/lot_2294F6EBCB

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 29-6-2015 16:35:15

Foljambe
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I assume "mill" is short for military, with an extra l thrown in.

I just had to add that so I could go from being a novice typer to a key puncher. I am so proud.

Parts » Seeking name plate for Hammond 12 » 08-4-2015 10:42:43

Foljambe
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Hi -
I have a Hammond 12 that is lacking its nameplate. It's a cream coloured semi-circular piece that goes on the top, just inside the semicircle of keys. If you have a Hammond that's beyond repair, or by some miracle have just that nameplate sitting around, please contact me!
Foljambe

Maintenance & Repairs » Question about jammed Empire typewriter » 03-4-2015 11:49:40

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I actually managed to fix it, without really knowing what I'm doing. I stripped out all the keys and arms until I got into the guts of the thing. Once I took out a piece of the frame I was able to move the aforementioned oval shaped piece up and down. This won't make sense but: basically there was a piece that had to be in the fork of another piece, but was underneath it. I put it into the fork and now almost everything works. Still some tinikering to do but headed in the right direction.

Maintenance & Repairs » Question about jammed Empire typewriter » 02-4-2015 17:05:18

Foljambe
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Hello typers -

I've just acquired an Empire typewriter;

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Tmzoxwp8AeM/VR248wJPhzI/AAAAAAAAApE/NDaO_5ISyg4/s1600/DSC00852.JPG


It's a cool machine, but it has issues. First, it's got a "noiseless" style thrust mechanism, which on many of the keys has come undone:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SwW7Y35ZyH4/VR24_FV7UwI/AAAAAAAAApM/jrtSw4ETcZE/s1600/DSC00851.JPG


This is easy enough to understand, though probably hard to fix.
What has me stumped is the fact that none of the keys will go down, thus none of the slugs will push forward into the platen. It appears that their movement is being prevented by a piece on the bottom of the machine. Here's the bottom:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EEMjOigq9EQ/VR25AicihgI/AAAAAAAAApU/xF0K8WRgBJE/s1600/DSC00848.JPG


And here's a closer photo, with the tip of the pencil resting on the piece of metal (the thick wire like thingy, shaped like an elongated oval:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cSxXvG8qfw8/VR25BxO1qqI/AAAAAAAAApc/YNMhonnkfWg/s1600/DSC00849.JPG


This piece is positioned so that when a key is pressed, the arm presses down onto it and it prevents anything from moving. Is this a lock of some kind? I've gone over the whole machine and can't find any way to move it. Is it supposed to stop the bottoms of the arms from pushing down so that some other part pushes forward into the platen? I'm stumped. If there are any Empire experts out there, here's your chance to shine. Thanks!

 

Maintenance & Repairs » A haunted IBM electric typewriter - what can I do? » 24-10-2014 16:35:00

Foljambe
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Here's a brief video professionally produced by me, showing the 1940s IBM electric that I just acquired. As you can see in the video, it's not exactly functioning as designed. Anybody out there with more knowledge of electricity than me have any idea what's going on here? Thanks.

http://faffpics.blogspot.ca

Parts » Wanted: type height lever for Underwood Leader. » 12-5-2014 20:41:13

Foljambe
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Aha! Thanks Uwe, that's useful  information.
When I switch to upper case with this machine, the letters are too low. The tops of the capitals are even with the tops of the lower case letters, rather than the bottoms being even as it should be. I can see that this is caused by the type arms being lowered too far when I press the shift key. In fact, if I press the shift key only partway down, I can make the capitals line up properly. I assume there's some sort of adjustment which is out of whack and causing this problem, which is why I surmised a missing lever. Any idea where else I could look to solve this?
Thanks -
AF

Parts » Wanted: type height lever for Underwood Leader. » 12-5-2014 19:45:47

Foljambe
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That may not be the right term for the part I'm looking for, but I don't know what else to call it. If you happen to have an Underwood Leader that you're parting out, open the lid and look on the left side. There's a metal part with a slot in it and the number 1-5. I'm pretty sure there should be a lever of some kind in that slot that controls the height of the type when you switch to upper case. I have an Underwood Leader in near perfect condition except that, for some inexplicable reason, it's missing this lever. Help!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4UpFVPb6-8k/U3FqfMcbsjI/AAAAAAAAAkM/c574CuJoc4w/s1600/DSC08877.JPG


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-slZo0Npaw5g/U3FqeawikNI/AAAAAAAAAkI/NvsuV5xVtnM/s1600/DSC08874.JPG

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KjUNJsDvo_Y/U3Fqb2tZA0I/AAAAAAAAAkA/OAHdrTbmH_4/s1600/DSC08872.JPG

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 12-5-2014 19:32:59

Foljambe
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I think I did pretty well pricewise on these, given their rarity. I might have gone a little high on the Blick, but I didn't have one, had been outbid before, and wanted to get it. The other three are pretty hard to get your hands on outside of specialist circles.
I finally got around to taking some pictures of them:
Canadian Scout and Blickensderfer 5:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9sYxxYldBls/U3Fmj6_p-iI/AAAAAAAAAj4/fufHGV0Q_EM/s1600/DSC08871.JPG

Franklin 4:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AYyPyukxXoQ/U3FmjNPNQ0I/AAAAAAAAAjw/A6EQ2eNC7vI/s1600/DSC08869.JPG




Smith Premier #1:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--81kB4P8c6I/U3FmgpEb4kI/AAAAAAAAAjo/VWi4T278LKI/s1600/DSC08867.JPG

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