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Maintenance & Repairs » Need help with ribbon not advancing on Royal Quiet DeLuxe » 10-10-2019 14:53:35

Gaust
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I recently had this same problem and found a way to fix it. The ribbon reverse mechanism involves a rod with toothed wheels on both ends. This rod shifts left and right with the ribbon reverse lever. If the toothed wheels are not aligned with the cogs that turn the ribbon spool spindles, the ribbon won't reverse. The toothed wheels have small set screws that can be loosened so they can be moved to align with the spindle cogs. There are two pieces associated with each toothed wheel.  You have to moved both of them together.  You have to adjust, then test, then adjust, etc.

I the ribbon is not moving at all, check the PhoenIx Typewriter's YouTube video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13nRoVuDdNY

Maintenance & Repairs » Royal Quiet De Luxe Backspace Problem » 10-10-2019 14:38:37

Gaust
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Fixed! I found a blog that addressed the problem.

Maintenance & Repairs » Raising a letter with a keylever pliers » 02-3-2019 00:01:34

Gaust
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Has anyone had any experience doing this? I have one letter that types lower than the rest, and I was wondering if using a keylever plier will fix it?

Maintenance & Repairs » Corona Four Ribbon Vibrator » 08-2-2019 21:37:28

Gaust
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Thanks, but I found the problem. It was related to the carriage shift mechanism, part of which was disconnected. Once I reconnected it, the vibrator began working fine.

Portable Typewriters » Triumph Perfekt best years » 08-2-2019 21:30:40

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My only experience with Triumph typewriters is a 1938 Norm 6. One of the best typewriters in my collection and highly recommended. I would assume the Perfekt of that year would be of similar quality.

Maintenance & Repairs » Corona Four Ribbon Vibrator » 21-1-2019 14:45:34

Gaust
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The ribbon vibrator works when you press 'shift' but does not otherwise. What could be the problem, I wonder?
And where to look.

Type Talk » seeking general advice: how to evaluate online » 30-11-2018 17:16:52

Gaust
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Also, by looking at the scale on the carriage, you can tell if it's pica or elite. If it only goes to 80, it will be pica (ten letters per inch). If it goes to 90 or 100 the type is elite and smaller (eleven to twelve letters per inch).

Portable Typewriters » Is full restoration worth the money? » 30-11-2018 16:51:42

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Those are good, solid choices. You should be able to find a good one of each. Just compare appearances. If it looks clean and without rust, you have a good chance at getting a good one. Make sure it has a good case, too. You should be able to get a good SC Silent, perhaps needing a little cleaning and a new ribbon, for no more than $100. The Olympia might be a little more, say $150 online. I found my 1946 Silent and 1958 Olympia at antique stores for a lot less.

Type Talk » seeking general advice: how to evaluate online » 30-11-2018 16:42:57

Gaust
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Look for the key words in the seller's description:  "good condition", "recently cleaned", "all functions work", etc. Also, check out the case (make sure there is one).  Usually if the case is in good shape, the typewriter has been well kept and protected over its life. If the sellers shows a lot of photos from different angles, etc, including the back, underneath, and under the ribbon cover, that means he's not trying to hide anything. Also, make sure he shows a sample type. Check the letters for alignment and definition (if the whole letter prints). Check the keys for QWERTY (English keyboard) and make sure they're all there, intact,  and lined up.  And also, make sure you see no rust anywhere!

Maintenance & Repairs » Erika S platen removal » 23-10-2018 10:33:46

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Need a little guidance on removing the platen off a Erika Model S, circa 1947. The rubber appears to have shifted to the right about 1/8" exposing the edge of the wood core.  I don't know if I can move it back or whether I need to cut off the excess on the right edge with a razor blade. Or whether I need to get the rubber replaced.  Is removal as simple as loosening or removing the carriage knob?  Thanks for your help.

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