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Typewriter Paraphernalia » Carbon Ribbons for Manuals! » 17-8-2020 04:27:54

steini
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Uwe wrote:

When the letters on a page lose the idiosyncratic appearance that screams it was created by a typewriter, it loses all of its charm too. If I wanted to be as efficient as possible, I would stick to my computer. Typing on a manual (or electric) machine is more about the experience and how that experience changes the way I work; and type imperfections from using material ribbons is a constant, and desirable reminder of that.
 

So if the print "doesn´t scream typewriter" is a bad experience? I find this quite simplistic, but to each its own. I find the experience with both materials pleasant, regardless the material that the ribbon is made of. The quality of the print is a bonus when you use carbon ribbons, I don´t understand why on earth would someone rather type on a computer instead of using carbon ribbons on a typewriter. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/blink.png
 I personally buy all sorts of new typewriter ribbons when I find then on the wild, you never know when you will need them, they are cheap and usually dry.  But when it comes to carbon are not damaged at all and it is not necessary to reink it or anything, just put it on and ready to go! 

Maintenance & Repairs » Lettera 22 body busings? » 18-6-2020 18:37:51

steini
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I have changed them as well, not a professional by any means, but I would say they were slightly thinner, probably between 3 and 4 mm, not a big deal, easy, cheap and made with the finest material: got to a hardware store  ;)  and find rubber gaskets for plumbing that are around that size.  

Portable Typewriters » New Typewriter Day. Royal Futura 800 » 05-4-2020 09:06:25

steini
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You are going to get your 12 typewriters too quick and then what?! ;) Nice machine this one, I had one but for some reason I didn´t fall in love with it. I like the heaviness of the older models I guess. 

Maintenance & Repairs » Olivetti Lettera 22 carriage adjustment » 24-3-2020 11:55:57

steini
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Thanks, that is everything I needed to hear I got so focused on the bump that it was difficult to get over it and accept it as part of the machine, I guess most of the machines I have used have a rail for the carriage, all the way through, and that makes it perfectly smooth. Like the Lettera 32. Well now lets find another typewriter to fix!    

Maintenance & Repairs » How to remove a platen on an Underwood n°3 11 in ? » 24-3-2020 11:46:59

steini
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From the text: 

"Removing the platen requires removing both side knobs, the indenting mechanism from the left side, and the carriage return lever."

I think is pretty clear. Again I am not sure on the similarities of the N3 to the N5, you will tell us once you are done!   
 

Maintenance & Repairs » Olivetti Lettera 22 carriage adjustment » 23-3-2020 18:15:22

steini
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Sorry, just getting frustrated with this machine. I managed to take out the carriage so I could use a straight element to level the 3 points where the rail travels, I reinstalled the carriage, and it is better, but I am really annoyed that is not perfectly smooth. This is the moment when I have to accept that an amateur fiddling with high tech machines doesn´t work always as planed ;)

Thanks for the link, I never bought any of this bibles, for sure it would help to advance in knowledge and improve the results. In the end of the day I am happy that I didn´t force or destroy any part, loose any screw and I managed to put it all back together and working as it was! It is always nice to see that improvement.   

Maintenance & Repairs » Olivetti Lettera 22 carriage adjustment » 23-3-2020 14:42:02

steini
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Really nobody knows in this forum how to adjust a carriage rail of a Lettera 22? 

Typewriters - Private Sellers Only » WTB: Spanish keyboard typewriter » 22-3-2020 22:37:50

steini
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Search, patience, search, search, find, cold blood, say no, patience, search, search, search, find, buy. Typewriters were done by billions. Eventually you will find a spanish typewriter in Ephrata you will probably find a mint one, for 15 dollars, and it will be a Hermes 3000 cursive. It happens. I happens to me at least.  
My advice for a novice (from another novice), don´t buy overpriced machines unless you are rich, don´t buy rusty typewriters unless you know(or you are willing to learn) how to restore them, and don´t buy typewriters with missing parts, unless you have a source of parts. But hey, you can make your own mistakes and then learn different things too ;) just telling you what I have learned. 

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