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Type Talk » Typewriters A to Z » 14-5-2021 10:28:52

Phil_F_NM
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Just last Saturday I was walking down the street, past a "boutique" (junk shop) and saw a suitcase which looked a lot like an Olympia case. It wasn't, but it did have a typewriter inside. A $5 Underwood Star, so nothing special but it does look nice. Needs a cleaning but will probably make a nice gift.
I think that is my nineteenth so far...
Phil Forrest

Type Talk » Typewriters A to Z » 14-5-2021 09:00:23

Phil_F_NM
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Don't drop that Sterling, or you'll have a hole in your floor too.
Realistically, there are SO many brands, models and variants of those models, that such a compilation would be almost impossible. It gets really muddy when you start to look at store brands like Sears, which used Smith-Corona, Underwood, and Royal for the same model name, over the course of a decade or so. Or their Tower Chieftan, which was a re-badged SC Skyriter, but occasionally you find one which is an Olivetti Lettera 22. Too many variants. You could best be served by sticking to an era, but there are always exceptions.
Phil Forrest

Type Talk » Typewriters A to Z » 13-5-2021 23:08:15

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Sounds like a great project for that new Brother you have enroute. I'll give observations on the few that I have. Good luck!
Phil Forrest

Maintenance & Repairs » Lettera 22 — Ribbon vibrator appears to be misaligned...? » 07-5-2021 12:16:27

Phil_F_NM
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First off, how are all the rubber bushings on the machine? That's not directly related, but they are definitely necessary for good operation of this typewriter. Second, it looks like your segment is about a full lowercase letter too low, not that the ribbon vibrator is too high. I'm assuming that your images are taken as follows: 1st set the segment is set to lower case, second set, the segment is set to upper case. Correct? I've got my Lettera 22 right in front of me and the ribbon vibrator, at repose, is just kissing the anvil behind the typebar guide, and the vibrator arm is more or less parallel (if not pointing a millimeter down) with the rest of the machine. Have you recently touched the type alignment or loosened the segment linkage at all recently? Did this machine ever type perfectly?
Phil Forest

Portable Typewriters » Finished my Facit TP1 » 06-5-2021 23:12:33

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I spoke too soon about the Facit being done BUT, now it is. I had typed out a letter to a friend of mine and noticed an intermittent line space error, where single spacing would usually give a double space, double space would act correctly and triple space would space correctly as well. Took it apart twice this morning and the mechanism was pretty immaculate, as far as cleaning was concerned. I noticed a rub mark on the line ratchet pawl shaft which engages the cam that sets the spacing. It wasn't worn down so much as polished where the metal had been contacting. Anyway, the problem is that the cam was releasing the ratchet pawl too soon and needed a few thousandths of an inch more in order for the pawl to not engage the the platen's toothed wheel too soon. I tried wrapping a couple layers of copper foil on the shaft but it wouldn't stick and I couldn't get it flat enough. I found that a very thin gauge spring provided enough wire thickness to add the extra space in the pawl shaft so I clipped a tiny amount of spring, placed it on the shaft, put the whole thing back together and the line spacing is great. I also had found that I was having a problem with the end of line lock, which simply needed to be cleaned and is not working perfectly.
So THIS is probably now my favorite machine to type on, and if not that it comes in a very close second. The keys are absolutely perfect feeling for the fingertips and that's where it starts. The action is snappy and confident, not as fast as my SM9 but also quieter and those keys feel better. It's just a great typewriter with everything I want in a typewriter and nothing superfluous. The new platen from J. J. Short makes this an incredible machine to write on. I'm sold on Facits and maybe I'll find a TP2 or 1620, then after I buy a house, I'll have to start looking for one of the standards like Pete E's T2. 
Now I need to have some thoughts. So I can write.
Phil Forrest

Type Talk » Features You Can Not Do Without » 05-5-2021 10:57:23

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I don't need a keyboard set tabulator, it's convenient but the features that a Smith Corona Silent has, are perfectly fine. That's a relatively basic machine which is an incredibly reliable workhorse. Nothing more needed.
Phil Forrest

Type Talk » Random thoughts on Manual Typewriters vs computer » 04-5-2021 15:17:55

Phil_F_NM
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No distractions --> no rabbit hole of chasing facts.
No response from the typewriter which is not elicited from the operator.
Phil Forrest

Maintenance & Repairs » Is there anyone who can service old Royal Signet type writers? » 03-5-2021 18:22:50

Phil_F_NM
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Try this link.
https://bfy.tw/Qr7y
Then maybe try Selectech. The guy I spoke to sounded both knowledgeable and nice to work with.
Phil Forrest

Maintenance & Repairs » Is there anyone who can service old Royal Signet type writers? » 03-5-2021 10:57:46

Phil_F_NM
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Looks like there are a few typewriter repair shops in the Denver area.
Phil Forrest

Accessories » WTB: Corona 4 case » 02-5-2021 13:28:21

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I'm looking for a case for my Corona 4.
Phil Forrest

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