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Maintenance & Repairs » Fixing Lettera 32 margin stop/over-typing problem » 10-10-2020 02:35:25

AndrewP
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You mean the problem when the carriage stops at the right margin and you can still type at this position?

I don't have a Lettera 32, but I have a couple of Olivettis based on the same mechanics (e.g. the Olivetti Dora). And all of these machines have this problem (more or less).

Some time ago I took a closer look at my machines. I suspect that the part that was supposed to block typing is a faulty design or too weakly dimensioned so that it bends easily and then no longer works as expected.
Even if you bend it straight again, the problem will soon come back.

(With the Olivetti Studio 46, however, the stop on the right margin works without any problems.)

Type Talk » Platen with white powder? » 08-6-2020 03:09:28

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Thank you for your answers.

Unfortunately I have no pictures from such a platen. Last time I saw it on a Triumph Adler Tippa 1. And I wondered whether it is a good or a bad sign regarding the condition of the platen.

(So next time I may risk to buy a typewriter with a white powdered platen.)

Type Talk » Platen with white powder? » 07-6-2020 14:14:32

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Every now and then I see typewriters where it looks if there is a white powder (like talcum powder) on the platen. Now I wonder how does the powder get there?

Was it common in the 60s and 70s to treat the platen with some powder? Or is it some kind of ageing of certain types of rubber?


 

Type Talk » What's your favorite Typewriter to type on? » 10-5-2020 00:08:50

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I only own portables from the 70s and 80s, but for me the Olivetti-Underwood typewriters (based on the mechanics of the Lettera 32) are the most comfortable to type.

My favorites are currently the Underwood 310 and 315 (identical in construction to the Olivetti Dora). The only disadvantage with these typewriters is that Olivetti did not produce any with the newer DIN 2137 keyboard layout (for German keyboards), although this standard was first published in 1976.

Portable Typewriters » Olympia Regina de luxe (Robotron) key press resistance » 06-11-2019 15:54:40

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I have one of the later Robotron-made typewriters, an Olympia Regina de Luxe, that was produced around 1984.

Some webpages say, that the Robotron-Typewriters (like the Erika 100) were good machines until the production ended in the year 1991.

And although it makes a good overall impression and the mechanics are clean, I have a problem with the key press resistance. For example compared to the Nakajima-Typewriters from the same time period, on the Robotron-Olympia it is far more exhausting to type a full page.

Does anyone have some hints how I could to improve it?

Portable Typewriters » Sound level comparison of 8 "newer" mechanical typewriters » 03-11-2019 02:12:04

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Hallo Uwe, thanks for the feedback. Yes, I wanted to know which of my typewriters (in the actual condition) is really the most silent - that was why I recorded this video.

Many years ago, we used so-called platen savers (in German "Walzenschoner"). Exactly matching plastic films that were placed underneath the paper during typing. Unfortunately you can not buy them anymore.

Portable Typewriters » Sound level comparison of 8 "newer" mechanical typewriters » 02-11-2019 02:50:50

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Hello Sky, thank you for your feedback. That's an interesting suggestion!

Portable Typewriters » Sound level comparison of 8 "newer" mechanical typewriters » 01-11-2019 06:34:58

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Today I compared the sound levels of eight portable typewriters (the distance of the sound level meter to the typwriter was about 15 cm):

Underwood 310 (identical to Olivetti Dora), about 1977
Sound level when typing: 76 to 80 dB(A)

Olympia Regina de Luxe (similar to Erika 105), about 1985
Sound level when typing: 77 to 81 dB(A)

Privileg 350 (identical to Olivetti Lettera 92), about 1980(?)
Sound level when typing: 77 to 81 dB(A)

Hermes portable (identical to Royal Topia), about 1980(?)
Sound level when typing: 77 to 83 dB(A)

TA contessa 2 deluxe (identical to Maritsa 30), about 1985(?)
Sound level when typing: 78 to 82 dB(A)

Privileg 180TR (identical to Royal Safari III), about 1990(?)
Sound level when typing: 78 to 83 dB(A)

Adler Junior 12 long carriage (similar to Olympia Carina 2), about 1985
Sound level when typing: 78 to 85 dB(A)

Sperry-Remington 1020 (identical to Silver-Reed Silverette II), about 1975(?)
Sound level when typing: 79 to 86 dB(A)

So in this comparison Underwood 310 is the most silent one. In my opinion, the Underwood also has the most pleasant typing experience.

If you are interested, here is the video of the comparison: https://youtu.be/8xBU_zhrDhU

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