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Portable Typewriters » Smith-Corona Sterling late 60's model question » 03-10-2018 19:57:39

MartinD
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Thanks Uwe.  That makes sense about the trim and quietness which I hadn't thought of.  My version is pretty plain with facsimile of a medalion on the faceplate.  Its also a simple blue/grey or "battleship grey" in color.  Like the Super Sterling from what I have gleaned from the internet is that there is no paper holder or erase board which I gather is common among the Sterlings.  Seems to type well though comparable to my Galaxie12 II, but then I am just a two finger typist so my opinion is not worth much.

Portable Typewriters » Smith-Corona Sterling late 60's model question » 02-10-2018 07:58:42

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I acquired a SMC Sterling, #6MSE165248 recently and after researching on line, I can't see that there there is any significant differences between the Sterling and Super Sterling of this era. I have looked at the Database and at e-bay, and You Tube videos  but still have not come up with a definitive answer.   Does anyone know?  As best as I can figure out this was made in 1969 or '70.  
Note:  In my previous post about 1972 Consumer Reports ratings, they lump the Sterling and Super Sterling together with same features.

Electric Typewriters » IBM Selectric II date of manufacture? » 29-9-2018 14:06:50

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I have, I believe, is a model 72 Selectric II but there are no designations on the machine to indicate that. I believe it to be made in the USA but could not find proof...it used to belong to a community college in Michigan.  The platen size is 13 in and it has a fabric ribbon.  The ID #  is 26-1692017. The yellow sticker with patent numbers states it is Model 8X.   On the ribbon cover there are stamped several numbers:  1204149    76,      G-1.  There is a sticker on the inside of the cover, #473.  I looked all over the rest of the machine and could find no other stickers or codes.  
My guess is that it was manufactured in 1973 or '76.  Or was it neither?  Note:  I wanted to post a picture from my file but I can't for the life of me figure that out on this forum.

Portable Typewriters » Consumer Reports article on manual typewriters, 1972 » 28-9-2018 15:05:24

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My guess is the Sears brand was made by Brother.  SCM made the Pennys brand.  Ollivetti seems to have made the Wards brand.  If someone knows otherwise feel free to correct me.  My apologies for the poor initial post as I put everything in Word...it looked great but when transferred to the forum it looks awful.

Portable Typewriters » Consumer Reports article on manual typewriters, 1972 » 27-9-2018 19:20:12

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I happen to have very old issues of Consumer Reports which I use to research old camera, stereo equipment and so on, but I discovered that the 1972 article evaluating portable low priced manual typewriters to be somewhat enlightening.  I am aware that CR is not the perfect avenue in evaluating all things but it is a guide.  I will list the typewriters (all from the early 70’s era) as they do in order of their estimate of overall quality( judged by typists and CU’s engineers).  Of course there are many typewriters that were not evaluated.  I am not going into detail as it is extensive and too much to post here. Now that 46 years have gone by I wonder how the ratings would stack up today.
The following were rated Very Good.
[list=1]
[*]Adler J5, check rated.
[*]Olympia SM9-13 and SM9,  check rated.
[*]Hermes 3000-13 and Hermes 3000, check rated( most expensive at $145 and $130 respectively).
[*]Penncrest Caravelle 12 and Penncrest Caravelle 10 (made by SCM).
[*]Smith-Corona Galaxie 12 and Smith-Corona Galaxie Deluxe .
[*]Eaton’s Viking Deluxe 10.
[*]Smith-Corona Sterling and Smith-Corona Super Sterling.
[*]Facit 1624 and 1622.
[*]Royal Custom III.
[/list]
The following were rated Good.
[list=1]
[*]Brother Activator 899.
[*]Sears Malibu.
[*]Hermes Rocket.
[*]Adler Tippa S.
[*]Underwood 450, Ward Escort 66, and Olivetti 45.
[*]Sears Newport  and Sears Newport 12.
[*]Sears Chevron II.
[*]Brother Charger 22.
[/list]
The following were rated only Fair to Good.
[list=1]
[*]Olivetti Lettera 33 and Wards Escort 33.
[*]Olivetti Lettera 32
[*]Olivetti Lettera 31
[/list]
The following were rated Fair.
[list=1]
[*]Olympia SF Deluxe.
[*]Smith-Corona Corsair Deluxe.
[*]Remington Monarch 1 and Remington Monarch 2
[*]Underwood 18.
[*]Remington Streamliner.
[/list]

Maintenance & Repairs » Olivetti Studio 45 issue » 19-11-2017 11:08:37

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Took the plunge, and looked for any parts disengaged or stuck.  Everything looked intacked.  Pressing the red tab key seemed a little stiff so I put a 1 small drop of light oil on an area  that looked right.  For 5 min it worked and I thought my job was done.  Then I had trouble with the tab clearence and that took a lot of time.  I concluded it was due to a funky tab set lever in the front of the machine( have to play with lever to find the "sweet spot" in order for it to work).  Then I discovered the red tab key no longer worked.  I spent several more hours experimenting and observing and could not recreate my initial success.  I decided that I could go no further knowing my limitations.  At this time I will live with the original problem.   At least I was able to clean the innards better and cleaned out the foam rot from the sound damping material.  What do repairman replace this with?
 

Maintenance & Repairs » Olivetti Studio 45 issue » 17-11-2017 13:59:11

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I was told to address this in the maintenance forum so here goes: 
The Olivetti I have has a Red tab key.  I can set the tab ok with lever on the left by pushing up.  However to go to the tab set location, depressing the Red tab key alone does nothing but if I depress the Red tab key simultaneously with carriage release, it will go to the tab that I set.  It is a two finger operation instead of one.  I was told that this is not normal for this typewriter(the skimpy manual on a two sided card is of no help).  Is the there an easy fix  or a particular part that needs cleaning?  The typewiter itself is very clean and as far as I can tell functions well in all other respects.  
 

Portable Typewriters » Olivetti Studio 45 question » 17-11-2017 08:07:56

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I acquired a VG condition Olivetti that required minimal cleaning and appears to work in all aspects but was initially thinking the tab control was not operable.  I am more familiar a with SMC Classic 12 so I was stumped as to why when I set the tab that after pressing Red tab key that that the carriage never moved.  It took me over 30 minutes of playing with this that I discovered it will work if I simultaneously press Red tab key and the carriage release lever...in other words it is a two finger operation instead of one finger Red tab press.  Is this normal?  The skimpy manual, really a   printed card, two sided, does not help.  I realize that some typewriters don't have tab functions at all and I myself will use it sparingly.   Just curious.

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