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04-1-2016 13:05:51  #1

Typewriter usage among collections

For those of you who have a large number of machines, do you rotate the ones that you use? Does each one have a specific use? How do you determine which ones get used?

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04-1-2016 15:12:27  #2

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Well, I usually use my Underwood #5 as my main desktop, but sometimes I use a Remington #10, or a Royal #10, etc. As for portables, I use those when I don't feel like typing in my room on a desktop and bring a portable in a different room, and usually I use a Royal Futura as a portable, but once I get my Corona #4 running, I plan to use that.

Keep in mind I have 20 something machines.

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04-1-2016 15:17:47  #3

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I rotate through the machines that I own as much as possible on an in-the-mood-for basis, but some are more easily accessed than others and therefore get more use. I do have one machine set aside and devoted to the novel I'm working on, partly because I want a consistent type feel, but also because my OCR software has been 'educated' to deal with its typeface.  

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04-1-2016 15:20:49  #4

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I do most of my typing--drafts and drills--on My Royal KMM, and use a variety of portables for typing letters, depending on my mood.


04-1-2016 22:34:17  #5

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I have not been doing this long enough to have a usually, but space and a preference for office machines means rotating is a chore so I have tended to settle on one machine. Surprisingly, an R.C. Allen 600 has currently displaced an SG-1 as The One. The SG-1 is the Allen's clear superior in every way, but the American machine's pragmatic good-enough-to-get-the-job-done design embodies something worth preserving..

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05-1-2016 02:00:31  #6

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Other than that I will grab one of my SM9s when anything serious has to be banged down without fuss, it's usually a matter of whim. 

My typewriter desk now stores a nearly mint Royal HH, and though I am not impressed with its limited range of features, it is a very friendly machine to use and beautiful to look at (IMO), so that gets a fair bit of use.  I just love watching it rise out of the desk when I lift the lid, like Excalibur from the lake.

Another near-mint machine, an early Alpina SK24 is often chosen (apart from its innate superbosity) just because I feel so lucky to have the keeping of it. 


24-2-2016 23:10:44  #7

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I just use whatever I have and am in the mood for.  It gives me a chance to rotate them around so they will all get a good cleaning and oiling as well as exercise.  The one thing that will destroy a typewriter quicker than you can say ticonderoga is to leave a typewriter in neglect.

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14-1-2021 16:27:59  #8

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I have a 2-day rotation of the machines in my collection. 

That way, each gets used and looked after (if they need it) within each month.

I only have one (1) cursive-script machine in my collection.  That one gets used any time I will write a note/letter of a personal nature.

There are no non-working machines in my home.


11-2-2021 01:05:24  #9

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I have a total of 6 manuals, all out on display. I just use whichever one I feel like using. I do find myself using my Olympia SM-9, the ultimate workhorse, more often. It does have blue ribbon, so that may be a factor. I'd have more if I had the room. Two of my six need a little work, but I haven't found the time lately. 

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13-2-2021 04:08:24  #10

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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.


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