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Standard Typewriters » Need recommendation for a roomy, easy typing keyboard » 22-9-2017 11:40:57

david_A
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I have a device called a NEO 2 that I carry with me when travelling (when it becomes difficult to take my Lettera 22) center to center, the key spacing on the home run is about 17.5 centimeters; it's made by a company called Alphasmart (for children) and has a built in memory. Though I feel guilty when using this (I use it most when I travel by air)) it is super easy to type on - I suffer from serious arthritis in my hands.... so I succumb.



 

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 13-7-2017 20:29:28

david_A
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Greetings Ira: I am fairly new here myself and just love fountain pens. Fountain pens, typewriters, and notebooks compliment each other, methinks. Take care and enjoy the forums.
David
 

Maintenance & Repairs » Ribbon Change. » 11-7-2017 22:36:51

david_A
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The ribbon that is being pulled (on my machine) needs to be a little slacker than the one that is doing the pulling, if not the free wheeling spool will sometimes jam. I suspect that my ribbons (purchased on eBay) are generic ones and not the correct ones for my machine.

Maintenance & Repairs » Ribbon Change. » 11-7-2017 10:34:41

david_A
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I use my Lettera 22 every day. To the best that I can see the ribbon looks like it is threaded correctly. It seems that the tension on the nuts (on top of the spools) is critical, with one being a tad tighter than the other. I purchased my last ribbons on eBay and they do not reverse (at ribbons end) but I do that manually by moving over the reversing mechanism and winding it on for a bit.

David

Maintenance & Repairs » SM-3 feet » 09-7-2017 10:12:27

david_A
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Greetings Mike: While I have no experience of the SM-3, I am guessing that the nut is on the inside of the machine and the bolt goes up from the bottom. I have an older small screwdriver, made by 'Upson Bros, from Rochester. NY. It has a small 'clip' on the tip (that slides up and down the shaft) that will grip a nut (or bolt head) while you hold the screwdriver handle and manipulate it into position. A search reveals that these are often named 'spring clip' screwdrivers, or 'clip and grip' - something similar to this might work for you.

Many Thanks

David
 

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 28-4-2017 21:47:37

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Welcome Steven: I am a newcomer to these forums as well, and am new to Typewriters also. I live in Canada and have recently purchased a mid sixties Olivetti Lettera 22.

I am originally from the UK (an ex British Navy guy) and wish you well.

Cheers

David
 

Off-Topic » How Much Do You Type II » 02-4-2017 17:47:41

david_A
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The book I am trying to write is progressing very slowly. I also managed to write a letter to my sister (in the UK) last week.

I sometimes manage to type one page a day but that is maximum; my usual quota is about four pages a week.

My typing is improving though and is looking better than when I first started out. All praise to these forums  for keeping me motivated

Type Talk » What typewriter are you using currently? » 24-3-2017 12:56:51

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Greetings: though I am the new kid on the block and posting only rarely; I don't want to drop out. About one page of text per day on my Lettera 22 is about my average amount of output, on what I am trying to convince myself will be the next best seller I also need to do as Fleetwing is doing and adjust the alignment of the capital letters.

I consider it a privilege to visit here and am slowly dropping out of other internet forums I belong to. All this is due to advancing age, I am thinking. Take care everyone.

Type Talk » Any typewriters with apostrophe not on a shift key? » 31-1-2017 18:25:33

david_A
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My Canadian manufactured Lettera 22 also has an apostrophe above the 8 key. It's a 1965 model machine.

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 29-1-2017 12:50:16

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Thank you for your reply, Repartee. Yes, it is the distraction of being online (and the wanting to constantly edit my work) that prevents me from making progress. I have started writing a 'first draft' on my Olivetti 22. I am really enjoying doing proper typing and plan to continue with it. So far I have managed to complete a few sheets of paper; I am not reading any of it, so far.

I am from the UK originally and spent nine years in the British Navy. I was what you would call a Stoker PO when I left. Fortunately I was able to pick up a job immediately afterwards, doing a delivery job on a Yacht to Vancouver Island. I never returned to the UK, except for holidays. After that I worked on the tow boats (as an engineer) for a few years, running up and down the west coast, towing barges mostly. Eventually I migrated ashore and became interested in computers - this would be around 1978.

That said, I would have loved to work as a professional engineer, on ship design.

Cheers



 

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