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Portable Typewriters » Has anyone bought a typewriter from shopgoodwill.com » 22-9-2019 10:00:21

overwood
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Well it certainly is NOT a scam of any kind. I too would be concerned about the condition because Goodwill employees certainly aren't going to be good judges of typewriters, but since most of them sell for a few dollars how much do you have to lose?

Portable Typewriters » Webster XL-747 » 08-9-2019 14:56:54

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yeah, I got this thing because of their reputation. It may not be as much of a looker but it is a "user", and I wanted something very compact light and portable but most of all useable. It is all of those things! This baby will travel and camp around the country with me.

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Inexpensive Desk Alternatives » 08-9-2019 14:53:25

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Yes of course I mean something with wooden legs that can be cut down for repurposing. I'm short so I need a lower surface-a higher chair would not work for me. I also live in a small city <100K so real typewriter desks only come up once in a while, and they are usually priced similar to the IKEA in that other thread as "antiques". Most of the typewriters are overpriced too, and I think a lot of them just get tossed when the seller can't get $75 for that old pile of antique rust.
 

Portable Typewriters » Webster XL-747 » 07-9-2019 22:01:40

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I just picked up one of these. The Webster XL-747 is a rebadged Brother Opus 889.  I violated my "$20, tops" rule by 5 dollars because I was in a hurry and everything I could find about them suggests they are mostly still in great shape. This one was no exception.  The case was pretty filthy, having sat in storage for several decades, but the machine is in great shape with only minor key sticking that will clean right up-and it has a key dejammer anyway!  I don't have any fresh ribbon for it but it was stored in the case all these years and the ribbon still works quite well.  Wow.

This is only my 2nd manual, the other being a Royal QD that still needs some TLC cleaning to be fully functional, although it types. This one lacks the mojo and majesty of the Royal, but its pretty cute and highly functional, and waaaaaay more portable. Its a good score and I'm very happy with it.


 

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Inexpensive Desk Alternatives » 07-9-2019 21:50:25

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I was reading https://typewriter.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=2705

about the IKEA desk and it sounded like a good idea until I saw that they cost $179 US. I'm way too poor to spend that much on a desk. Someday I will find a nice old wooden typewriter desk but until then...

Surely someone has come up with a great idea for an inexpensive typewriter desk, some recycled or repurposed something that works and doesn't look horrible.  I think a person could even build a serviceable platform for $20-30 US, How about: Cut a few inches off the legs of a wooden desk? Nah, I bet there wouldn't be enough leg room left. How about a sewing machine cabinet?   People almost give those away.
 
I'll bet that would work. You might have to cut away the front  panel where the machine was to make room for your legs. Most sewing machines are a little higher than desks, so you'd have cut at least 3-4" off the legs. They are also quite solid and sturdy, (at least with the machine in them) and some are pretty funky looking and writing-worthy, or even attractive.

I may have answered my own question here but I'd be interested to hear thoughts on it or your other ideas,






 

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 18-12-2018 19:33:11

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CoronaGirl wrote:

  I don't hop over to the Internet by opening a web browser every time I want to look up something
 

I tried it though. When I first got my Royal I typed to the end of a thought, returned the carriage and typed "Google".

But then I couldn't find the Enter key, so it didn't work.


 

Portable Typewriters » Is my old typewriter an Olympia Traveller De Luxe? » 27-11-2018 19:49:56

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Have you tried the typewriter database? The closest I can find to that serial number in that model is this 1977 model, but it has a lot of other obvious markings on it

https://typewriterdatabase.com/1977-olympia-traveller-de-luxe.8780.typewriter
 

Portable Typewriters » My New Royal Quiet De Luxe » 21-11-2018 22:37:13

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M. Höhne wrote:

Don't just presume something about lubricating a typewriter. Typewriters are made to run dry for the most part. Your key is sticking because it is already dirty. The fix is to clean (and maybe bend) the links involved and keep them clean. Oil is a mask for problems, not a fix
(Admittedly there are some exceptions to this rule but they do not apply here.)

Thanks for the warning, now I know. I got the 6 key unstuck by cleaning it up (though its still a touch "high"), and discovered the whole machine is kind of gunky inside and could probably stand a thorough cleaning. Could that be why the touch control selector doesn't seem to have much effect? 

Portable Typewriters » My New Royal Quiet De Luxe » 21-11-2018 13:58:34

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Its here! Its a 1951, according to the SN.
 
I vaccumed the underside I'm cleaning the famous white key crust with a citrus cleaner, which is working swell.  All the keys work fine but the "6" sometimes sticks, and prints slightly above adjacent characters. How to fix those issues? I'm less concerned about the latter, and I presume a drop of lube somewhere will help the former.

I changed the ribbon to another one that came with it, but the replacement might be as old as the one it replaced. It works, and its not super faint, but it seems like it should be darker. How can I know if I really need a new ribbon? I also don't notice any difference in ease, speed or print when I adjust the "Touch Control" selector from highest to lowest but maybe that's an acquired skill. 
 

Portable Typewriters » My New Royal Quiet De Luxe » 19-11-2018 22:03:57

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Woo-hooo, she's mine for $2.00!  Can't wait to bring her home Wednesday and watch the novels start peeling off the platen....

Just kidding, I write nonfiction.

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