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Portable Typewriters » Installation of ribbon in Erika 10 » 25-11-2017 12:38:36

daveM3
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Yes I'm going to give the heads a bit of a clean and see if it is any better, however the ribbon just doesn't look quite right - like ink is pooling on the surface in parts.  I'm beginning to wonder if the ribbon is old/dud/faulty/cheap.  But I will reserve judgement till I have cleaned everything up.  I've managed to find close up shots elsewhere which do seem to suggest it is fitted correctly though.
Thanks
D

Portable Typewriters » Installation of ribbon in Erika 10 » 23-11-2017 17:53:03

daveM3
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Hi all,
would someone in the know, as it were, please check my ribbon installation in the pics below?  I have just received this beautiful machine but I am certainly not familiar with typewriters in general so not sure if I have wound around the auto-reverse levers correctly (I think it is but not certain).

Also, in another thread I asked about the Pelikan ribbons.  You can see the the excess ink sitting on the surface - this doesn't look normal to me, does it look OK?  I actually tried rewinding the ribbon from end to end and mopping up the excess with a sponge but it still seems to be over-saturated.  However, in this process, I lost track of which side of the ribbon was facing the paper and which was facing the type bar; does it really matter or is there a definite side to face the paper?

Many thanks,
D

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4526/24734822198_409fbe7337.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4522/37719067965_6476e7127d.jpg

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 22-11-2017 17:49:24

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I have just received a very nice seemingly almost unused Erika 10 from 1958.  It had red brackets covering the base release levers under the hood and also screws holding it down.  It looks like it's never been off the base.  The keys have that new look about them i.e. shiny but completely unworn.  I ordered a new ribbon but I've tried the one fitted and it all seems to function really well.  Now to write a short story or two....

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Pelikan branded silk/seide ribbons » 22-11-2017 17:43:37

daveM3
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Hi Sirius,
thanks for your review.  I have ordered one anyway and yes I also saw the nylon ones but having read that silk ribbons are generally longer lasting and superior I thought better to pay a bit more.
Best Regards,
D

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Pelikan branded silk/seide ribbons » 22-11-2017 04:29:57

daveM3
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Hi all,
I would  be interested in opinions on these. The one I have seen is made in China (not that that is a bad thing, just to identify). 
Thanks,
D

Maintenance & Repairs » Empire Aristocrat S/N S2/264035 (1956 I believe) » 07-11-2017 05:30:35

daveM3
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Hi Sky,
thank you, that's a brilliant idea.  I really hadn't thought of asking a jeweller.  I have found someone locally who builds model railway engines though and I'm sure they would be able to dress up that edge or even fabricate a new part if it came down to it.  I'm just waiting for the go ahead to contact them.  I'll post back with progress and pics whatever happens.

Regards,
Dave

Maintenance & Repairs » Empire Aristocrat S/N S2/264035 (1956 I believe) » 06-11-2017 17:50:36

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Some more photo's of ratchet lever for reference:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4453/26449103079_3f034f8282.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4584/38170021316_ded8f7f97e.jpg

Portable Typewriters » 1955 Olympia SM-3 » 05-11-2017 17:12:58

daveM3
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On the subject of the SM3, what is the difference between an SM3 and one marked as deluxe?

Parts » WTB: Line advance ratchet lever for Empire Aristocrat » 04-11-2017 07:40:34

daveM3
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Hi all,
I will also consider buying a full typewriter if it has a good part on it - perhaps use my existing model for spares.
Many thanks,
DaveM3

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