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Maintenance & Repairs » Vibrator slipping ... » 21-7-2016 20:00:07

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Hi Aerojet: you probably know what you are doing, but is it possible you simply have the ribbon threaded incorrectly through the vibrator? I'm wondering if you have been able to consult a manual for your machine, as a manual will typically include a diagram that shows the correct way to thread the ribbon. It might be best to check this before you risk any mechanical adjustments that might not be necessary.

Type Talk » Interesting read: a dissertation on typeface design for Olivetti » 05-4-2016 08:24:45

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Nicole wrote:

I was wondering, where did this type come from? Who was designing these typefaces? And why is the slab serif style of typeface the one that we now associate with typewriters, even though they actually all offered a range of typefaces? Was is simply just that the slab serif ended up being the most popular? And if so, why was it the most popular? 

 
Hi Nicole: that's a great article on Olivetti, thanks for posting it. This link is a little off topic but helps explain, I think, the popularity of a slab serif typeface:

http://typography.guru/journal/letters-symbols-misrecognition/

Off-Topic » What Do You Feel That You've Done to Make the World a Better Place? » 13-3-2016 21:41:32

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KatLondon wrote:

The least we can do is try to get their typewriters.

LOL
Pay your respects to the vultures....😉
 

Portable Typewriters » Please identify this French (?) typewriter » 26-2-2016 17:40:28

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Or, more likely, an Underwood 319? The 378s look like they all have a blue base.

Portable Typewriters » My first manual typewriter: 1935 Remington Rand Model 5 Streamline » 17-2-2016 22:43:20

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Hi kng: A nice looking machine! When you ask about replacing the A and rotating the P, I think you are referring to the keys, rather than the slugs, as ztyper has inferred, correct? I would be inclined to leave them 'as is'; they likely make your machine unique (out of how many of this model, hundreds of thousands?). I'm assuming they function properly just as they are? The typeface appears to be standard Pica or Elite, but I'm doubtful any of us could say with any certainty without seeing a sample typescript. Your photo shows that a lot of 'gunk' has accumulated on the type slugs, so one thing I would recommend: please take a toothpick and gently clean around the letterforms (bowls, counter forms, etc.) to remove the accumulated gunk. Your machine will provide a much cleaner, more legible typescript as a result. I don't know if the machine is missing a bracket on the bottom; maybe another forum member can answer that question for you?

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 09-2-2016 17:37:17

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KatLondon wrote:

Valiant wrote:

Kat, if it types anything like mine, you will love it. Could an ultra-portable feel any closer to a standard? I doubt it. This machine is serious and solid. And even if yours turns out to lack in the performance category, this is one machine you might like to leave on display just for looks...;-)
 

Okay Valiant, here is the deal. I have a cream-&-turquoise Splendid 33 that I love, though it's a little bit rough round some of its edges. I have one oft he ones with the maroon keys that has something wrong with its escapement. And this one, I started getting to grips with it yesterday, and guess what. The escapement - by which I mean the daisy wheel - is DETACHED. I mean it's wobbling around LOOSE. No wonder the carriage isn't working. 

Errr... 

 
Hi Kat: that is rotten luck! Did you find the machine online, and was it described accurately? I've been fortunate to have found all my machines (save one) locally, so I've mostly been able to avoid those that required major repairs* as I'd be out of my depth. I'm happy you have ONE that's working properly, so you know the model's potential. (Gee, I just re-read my previous post and it sounds like fluffy ad copy -- guess my day job is showing😉).
* our moderator has kindly repaired a few of my machines that needed special help

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 07-2-2016 16:54:34

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KatLondon wrote:

My latest purchase is a £10 Splendid 66 that needs serious degunking to get rid of what appears to be half a bottle of WD40. I'm not e en sure why I bought it. Well, it's cute. It's a black one. 

Kat, if it types anything like mine, you will love it. Could an ultra-portable feel any closer to a standard? I doubt it. This machine is serious and solid. And even if yours turns out to lack in the performance category, this is one machine you might like to leave on display just for looks...;-)
 

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Carbon paper » 05-2-2016 22:12:35

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JanetLand wrote:

The stencil setting is also handy because it makes just enough of an indentation on normal paper to see where the text will land when you start typing for real. Very nice for forms.

 
Great idea, thanks for sharing the tip!

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 03-2-2016 22:19:18

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