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04-8-2022 10:25:41  #1


S-C Coronet Electric 12 Has Problem

I’m hoping someone will have a suggestion for the Smith-Corona Coronet Electric 12 I recently bought. (SN 6ELJ-166817) The period key has stopped hitting as hard as all the other keys. When it first arrived it seemed to be equivalent to all the other keys. Now it barely registers and I have to backspace multiple times for it to be seen well. It does this even when shifted. The comma is still a solid hit but the period has lost its umpf. I have read that on some electrics the period is designed to not hit as hard so as not to puncture the paper so maybe this is adjustable? Having to always give special attention at the end of each sentence does stop the flow of writing. Any help will be gratefully appreciated.  

The dealer I bought it from suggested trying a drop of oil at the hinge spot. Oiling had no effect. I’ve attached a scanned a page that also makes no sense. Ignore the first line because that’s where I started with the top cover slid back and sadly gave me false hopes. I also wanted to make sure the ribbon was moving. I have no clue why it would be faintest on the left and then darken after the middle. There is a noticeable level difference of sound for the strike force of the period. Any other possible things I can do from here? I can return it for a refund if the fix is not possible.

George

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05-8-2022 10:42:54  #2


Re: S-C Coronet Electric 12 Has Problem

George,

I faintly recall seeing a Duane Jensen video where each key-top lever had some small individual adjustment screw (under the key-board) where the touch/impression of each key could be adjusted.  I think the video I recall seeing was for some sort of S-C electric machine...but then it might have been for  Brother electric...???

From looking at some user-manuals for the Twelve 12 machines on Richard Polt's site, some of these models had not only a "copy control" dial/lever around the keyboard somewhere but also a "touch control" adjustment on the bottom of the machine under the space bar.

Never having a S-C electric 12 in my hands...I am not able to give any more pointers...

 

05-8-2022 12:42:52  #3


Re: S-C Coronet Electric 12 Has Problem

Pete,

I had found some references to manual keys but nothing yet for the electric although there must be something somewhere. I'm not quite ready to do any experimenting yet without an "and this is how to fix it" for the machine. It does seem that since it originally worked and now has lost striking power an adjustment must be possible.

I wish we had a typewriter repair shop here in Eugene.

George

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05-8-2022 14:08:43  #4


Re: S-C Coronet Electric 12 Has Problem

George,

You might give Duane a call and see if he can steer you in the right direction.

On his YouTube channel (for Phoenix Typewriters), there is/was a "tip jar" icon where you could leave a monetary donation for his time/advice. 

I did use the tip jar in the past and it went through my PayPal account to his jar.

 

05-8-2022 14:12:45  #5


Re: S-C Coronet Electric 12 Has Problem

Great idea! Thanks Pete.

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05-8-2022 19:54:17  #6


Re: S-C Coronet Electric 12 Has Problem

The seller could not find a fix either and it was decided to make the return.

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