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Standard Typewriters » SG Owners Club » 09-3-2021 15:14:19

Guth
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The mislabeling of typewriters aside, I can easily imagine a situation where a typewriter would perhaps have been modified from it's original state with such high attention to detail that it might appear to be factory correct to all but the most knowledgeable. Things like cars and motorcycles have long been subject to such metamorphosis, so something like a typewriter would not seem out of bounds in this regard. Some people like to change things up to this degree simply for the satisfaction that it brings them

Without a doubt, this community is made up of some incredibly knowledgeable folks. Ironically, the more that I learn about typewriters, the more that I feel out of my element on this site. Or as Einstein (?) put it, the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know. 

 

Type Talk » This is a good site! » 19-2-2021 17:53:20

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I'm relatively new to typewriters and this forum both. While the activity level is relatively low here, I really appreciate all of the knowledge on tap that has been, and continues to be, shared by the many members who have been around for some time now. (It is obvious that there are quite a few of you here who incredibly well informed when it comes to typewriters.) Quality over quantity if you will.. As far as mistakes go, let's just say that I'm still learning, a lot.

Maintenance & Repairs » 1964 Facit TP1 - Loose Spring... » 13-2-2021 04:17:05

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I really like my TP1, both the way it types as well as the way it looks. It would probably benefit from the application of the felt that you've mentioned. I just ordered some to use on a recently acquired Olympia Traveller, but wasn't even thinking about the Facit at the time. I'm planning on sending the TP1's platen off to JJ Short to be resurfaced, making it the first of my typewriters to undergo that process.

Type Talk » Typewriter usage among collections » 13-2-2021 04:08:24

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My collection isn't large by the standards of some, but I now own more typewriters than I could have imagined after buying my first one. Right now I have 11 typewriters in total. (I was up to 12, but gave one away to a friend last week as I found that I just wasn't really making use of it.) With the exception of the two Smith-Corona Silent Supers that I own, every single machine features a somewhat different typeface, so that usually factors heavily into my decision of which typewriter I choose to use for any given need. I do use all of the typewriters that I own. If I'm going to be writing to someone with troublesome eyesight, I'l make sure to use one of my typewriters featuring PICA sized type. I personally favor the 11 character per inch typefaces as found on most of my European typewriters including a couple of the Olympias, the Facit and the Voss. I have just one typewriter that features an Elite typeface, and Underwood machine, and it is my least used typewriter. I keep it around in case I ever have a specific need for type that small. I have wondered if I'll some day get to the point where the only machines I'll use are those with PICA sized type simply due to my own degrading eyesight.

My favorite typewriter, and the one that I use the most, remains the first typewriter that I bought, a 1966 Olympia SM9. Were I to acquire many more typewriters then I imagine that I would also begin giving more away. I don't have any interest in hanging on to typewriters that I'm not making use of, I'd rather see them in the hands of someone else that could put them to use. If I could only keep just one it would be that first SM9 that I purchased. I picked a great typewriter to start with.

Type Talk » Do you live in, or know of a "typewriter town"? » 12-2-2021 04:58:47

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I've got no idea where the next spot might be. I love British Columbia, but a move to Canada isn't likely to happen, so Portland it is for now until the next destination reveals itself. As far as typewriters go, when it comes to prices I would say that those who were fortunate enough to get into typewriters and typewriter collecting early on were just that — fortunate. Watching the way things have played out with used LPs and film cameras both (along with a number of other things), my expectation is that typewriter prices will only continue to rise. So while prices are higher in places like Portland and Los Angeles right now, prices for typewriters in other places will catch up with Portland and LA soon enough. Because just as with fully analog LP's and film cameras (with few exceptions), these things aren't being produced any longer.

However, regardless of what typewriters sold for a few years ago, they still seem like a relative bargain to me even at the prices being charged today in places like Portland and LA. I look at the typewriters that I've purchased and marvel at the design, quality of construction and materials used. Considering the fact that most of these machines still work nearly as good as they did when new, and likely still will many decades down the road, I'm hard pressed to think of too many other products that I personally enjoy using that can compete in this regard. I envision a future where many more people own typewriters, but I imagine that only a small percentage of those new typewriter users will actually become typewriter collectors. I'm looking forward to a day when this pandemic has come to an end and I'll get to experience a Type-In here in Portland. I have a feeling that a number people who would show up will be fairly new to typewriters, having discovered these machines during the pandemic just as I have.

Portable Typewriters » 1968 Olympia SM9... » 11-2-2021 15:03:57

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I think it's great that you were able to purchase this typewriter from the original owner. I had cranked out a very lengthy response, but just deleted it as I've decided I really should turn such extensive thoughts into a blog post instead. My comments revolved around the fact that earlier this year I purchased my third SM9. In my case, from the children of the original owner who had passed a few months earlier.

Yours is a good story, congratulations!

Standard Typewriters » SG Owners Club » 11-2-2021 13:37:52

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Strange that the paper support wouldn't lay flat when mounted correctly. From the sounds of it, that's probably a wise decision when it comes to the reverse mounting. Here's hoping that it stands up (pun intended) to many years of interactions with your furry feline friends.

Type Talk » Do you live in, or know of a "typewriter town"? » 11-2-2021 05:47:27

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Amelia wrote:

Hello Guth!
I absolutely adore your typewriter town! I have been there several times and always try to find the time to visit the typewriter shops. Ace was such a delight that I bought a t-shirt. It was the last one! Your record stores, stationery stores, and bookstores are also wonderful. Vinyl Resting Place, Oblation Papers, and Powell's come to mind. Can you tell I love your city? Haha
I am in Southern California. We have a bit of a typewriter scene in Los Angeles, but in my opinion, not as great as Portland. 

Hey there Amelia. My wife and I made many a trip visiting Portland before finally moving here from Austin. With each subsequent visit to Portland, it got harder to return home to Austin. When it reached the point that it was depressing to return home, we knew it was time to make a change. Now after 18 years here in Stumptown, I find myself thinking of moving once again. I'm not sure where we would go, but I can imagine living someplace smaller, elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest (but still within reasonable driving distance of a typewriter town). There's still a lot to love here in Portland, although lately the good is being more than balanced out by plenty of not-so-good.

While I was late to the typewriter scene, I've been buying LPs since the 70''s. I was was still hitting the record stores fairly often until a few years back when I finally decided that to acquire any more albums, I'd have to sell some off (one incoming = one outgoing). That really slowed things down, as there is so little that I would be willing to part these days. Powells is legendary for a reason and always fun to visit. I've yet to visit Oblation, but I just started playing around with designing my own stationary as my wife has a really nice printer for her work that I have access to. Ace Typewriter is indeed awesome. There's a place just down the road from Ace named Blue Moon Camera and Machine that is fun to visit if you like to shoot film as I do. They also

Standard Typewriters » My "New" Ambassador. What a wonderful beast. » 22-1-2021 05:41:51

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Uwe wrote:

I think that the majority of the Hermes portables I own are equipped with Setag slugs, but I've noted others that are equipped with Caracteres, Iris, Ransmayer & Rodrian, and Tangensbut slugs too.

Can you please expand on this comment. Being relatively new to typewriters, this is the first that I've seen mention of these names. Are Setag, Caracteres and the like type slug foundries?
 

Standard Typewriters » SG Owners Club » 20-1-2021 01:55:56

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I'm not sure what to say to this other than, wow. Interesting discoveries.

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