You are not logged in. Would you like to login or register?



20-6-2022 16:10:52  #1


Good model to strip down and learn repairs

What is a good model of typewriter to learn how to do repairs? I know some models are just designed to be complicated and others are built with easy access and simplicity in mind.  I want to buy one and take it apart down to the bare bones and learn how to rebuild it from scratch.  To me, this is the only way to learn. But I want a model that is easy to get along with...not one that will cause me to age in the process of rebuilding...
 

 

21-6-2022 05:26:57  #2


Re: Good model to strip down and learn repairs

I would say that the Adler Gabriele would be a good choice.  Pretty easy to take apart and put back together again.

 

21-6-2022 13:17:45  #3


Re: Good model to strip down and learn repairs

I checked on eBay and all the Adler Gabrielle typewriters are from the UK or Australia...must be popular in those parts. I will keep looking for a North American AG. 

     Thread Starter
 

21-6-2022 14:49:33  #4


Re: Good model to strip down and learn repairs

The Adler Gabriele I think thetypewriterman is referring to, was also sold under the name J2 and J4 in the US.

 

21-6-2022 17:49:02  #5


Re: Good model to strip down and learn repairs

I've been learning on Royal Quiet De Luxes, which can be acquired inexpensively and easily in the US in several vintages. Plus, it's covered in Ted Munk's the Typewriter Repair manual as well, and there are lots of videos on YouTube for this model. And, since they're so plentiful, it's easier to not feel guilty if I break something (haven't yet (finger's crossed)). 

Another option suggested to me is to find a beat-up, rusty old desktop typewriter locally. They are much less in demand and can often be had for $10-20. And, being beat-up and rusty, they're of no use except as parts or training. I just picked up a KMM for free with a broken chassis. It'll never run again, but it will be my teacher. 

 

22-6-2022 18:25:15  #6


Re: Good model to strip down and learn repairs

Rusty,

If you are here in the USA, keep an eye out for cheap typewriters on the Shop Goodwill site.

Many machines can be had for under $ 10 plus S&H.

Search for "typewriter" on their web site :

https://shopgoodwill.com/home

 

 

Yesterday 04:10:20  #7


Re: Good model to strip down and learn repairs

Pete E. wrote:

Rusty,

If you are here in the USA, keep an eye out for cheap typewriters on the Shop Goodwill site.

Many machines can be had for under $ 10 plus S&H.

Search for "typewriter" on their web site :

https://shopgoodwill.com/home

 

I am in Canada. I occasionally find typewriters in antique stores. Or online locally. I take the approach if I find one while out antiquing that's fine. If not, that's fine ss well. My problem is I have to limit myself. I only buy those I really like and know I will use.

     Thread Starter
 

Yesterday 09:16:01  #8


Re: Good model to strip down and learn repairs

Smith-Corona Super 5 series. This would be the Sterling, Silent, Super, Silent-Super. You could also find a Tower typewriter of the same vintage as they are actually Smith-Coronas. 
After those models, the post-WWII Royal QDL is a good machine to learn on.
Phil Forrest

 

Board footera

 

Powered by Boardhost. Create a Free Forum