|Repairs finished and test sheet.|
|Corrections with a carpenter's pencil I pointed since I typed this at my workbench. I also did not correct all typos. Hammond typed nearly to the very bottom of the sheet.|
|I mounted it back on the lid, but this is a photo I've used before.|
One thing I noticed while typing is the shuttles must be extremely free. The one with the larger typeface is the best so far. It slides very freely. I think the italic one will too once I treat it with Teflon Lube.
The touch is quite unique on this machine. I find I cannot hit the keys or I get the blurred letters. If I press too hard I get blurred letters. I found a nice steady and intentional rhythm works best, like musical slow 6/8. As stiff as the carriage return is on this I have a tendency to want to press hard as if to over come hard key touch. The way the hammer works hard pressing is not required.
The back space is quite easy and had its own uniqueness. My biggest problem besides wanting to hit the keys is using the triple shift. I found it easier to adapt to my Corona 3 than the Hammond. Margin release key is completly smooth. On all my other typewriters the end of line lock will lock the keys and pressing the M-R key causes a click and slight motion and sometimes a hard click and bump of the carriage. Not so with this one. Press, releases the lock, and absolutely no motions or clicks.
The index for the placement of a letter on the page is nicer than looking at the typebar slot on newer machines too. Hammond has a pointer at the spot for a letter or symbol. There is also an index scale, but it is not as visible as on newer machines.
I hope to test all the shuttles soon. If I do I hope there is room on the Typewriter Database for all of them. They'll be posted here whether or not they fit on Ted's site.
One reason I gave up my Olivetti Praxis 48 was I found an IBM Selectric-II. I always liked the interchangeable elements. Until I started this hobby (obsession) I never knew of the Hammond -- it had interchangeable elements a Century before IBM! (ok, I exaggerated a bit)
Now to search for additional shuttles.