Monday, December 2, 2019
Michigan Typochondriacs Last Gathering for 2019
Don"t have a typewriter? No problem. We'll have plenty.
Monday, November 18, 2019
Michigan Typochondriacs at Kazoo Books in November
|1922 Corona 3 that spent its life in the NYPD|
|Brother Charger 11 from 1973 that recently became part of my collection|
|Adler J4 from 1966. This is one of the best typers in my collection. Typing action is super nice and the carriage return quite light and very silky smooth.|
|Recently restored Hermes 3000 from 1967. Like all the square body Hermes 3000 neat looking, but nothing to brag about for typing. It was also missing both platen knobs.|
|Olympia SM8 from 1966. This one is quite nice to use. It is not as stiff as most of the Olympia typewriters I've used.|
|This SM9 was made in 1969. It is nice to use, but not as fast as an H3k. Typing action is much like the rest of the Olympia SM9 models. This one has Professional Elite typeface.|
The little Corona 3 is fun to use, but not a typewriter I'd like to use if I had several pages to type.
The Brother line of typewriters always seems to be satisfactory for almost any typing. I like the small machines like this Charger 11 (along with Smith-Corona Skyriters, Hermes Rockets (Baby), and a few other small portables) for travel. The snap-on cover or case makes these typewriters nicely suited for travel. The typing action of the Charger 11 is not quite as nice as a Skyriter, but overall not a typewriter to be left behind for a trip or a bit of bicycle typing or typing in the park. I prefer the integral case/cover to the luggage style zipper case of the Valiant or the Olivetti Letter 22 or Lettera 32 although I like that the Lettera models have tabulators.
The Adler J4 seems to be one of the models that does not get much mention on line. I really like this one. I should use it more often. Touch is really nice, and carriage return is almost effortless. The carriage is also very easy to remove and reinstall.
Hermes 3000 typewriters are what they are, mostly over rated. Seems people either love them or dislike them. I've never been impressed by the square body models even though I have 7 of them with various typefaces.
The round body ones seem to be the nicest typers with a nicer action than the square body ones. Both styles seem to be quieter than other typewriters.
There are references on line that the mechanics are the same between the round and square body ones. Well, if that were true shouldn't all the parts (but the covers) should be interchangeable? They're not. The basic design may be very similar, but not fully parts interchageable.
I do like the sleek style of the square ones and the close tolerances of everything from how the ribbon cover fits to the just enough clearance for the carriage return arm to travel above it to the quietness of its action, and it also has an integral lid/cover which makes it a nice full featured portable that is quite near an office machine.
The SM8 is one of my favorite Olympia typewriters. This one has a very nice action. It is noisier than either the J4 or H3k, and about the same as the SM9.
The SM9 is a nice typewriter also, but not as fast as an H3k or the many other typewriters. I like the typeface on this one, but not the zipper case. Zipper cases are one of my pet peves of poor excuses for a typewriter case.
Both, like most Olympia typewriters I've used, are nice to use, but easily out typed. I prefer the SM3 and SM4.
We meet again in December. If you are local stop by and try the machines. You may be surprised as which ones you prefer over others. They are all nice, and all have similarities and differences. Each gathering also has a gathering of different makes and models of typewriters.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
R.C.Allen Gets A New Ribbon
|Empty spool showing uniqueness of the design.|
|I don't know what R.C. Allen calls the tabs so I used my own names. When the ribbon runs out on the feed spool the reverse tab extends toward the circumference to activate the automatic ribbon reverse.|
|another view showing how the tab extends. This is a completely empty spool before I attached the new ribbon.|
|Left spool showing the ribbon path. Ribbon spools around the arc of the spool facing the key board. Ribbon winds CW on this spindle.|
|Ribbon threaded through the ribbon vibrator or lifter.|
|Right spool showing the ribbon path. Ribbon feeds around the spool facing the key board. Ribbon winds CCW on this spindle.|
I could not find a manual on line. In order to maybe help someone who may not know about the spools I wanted to show the ribbon spools, and the ribbon path.
First of all do not throw out the original metal spools. Out of curiosity I looked on line and could not find any R.C. Allen pre-spooled ribbons. Nothing unusual as metal spools are not made any longer. Well, they may be because Tony Casillo sells new ribbons on new metal spools, but he had none listed for this typewriter or I missed them.
I respool ribbons out of habit. I respooled one of my spare silk ribbons onto the R.C. Allen spools. I removed the old ribbon from the original spools. This typewriter does not use eyelets in the ribbon. I cut the eyelet end off of the ribbon. I respooled the new ribbon onto the original spool. I cut the other eyelet end off. Then I attached the ribbon to the spool.
With the new ribbon on the typewriter I decided to record the ribbon path for reference.
|My arsenal of snow moving tools minus my #10 scoop shovel.|
|As of 1645 E.D.T. today. There is just enough laying to cover the wood on the ramp as well as the house roofs.|
Speaking of the time for those in the USA who are on Daylight Saving Time:
It ends Saturday night. Set your clocks back one hour to Standard Time. Or stay awake until 0200 and change your clocks.....
Sunday, October 27, 2019
A New Garage Typewriter From R.C. Allen
|Things did not look good when I opened the damaged box.|
|Things got even worse with the smashed knob and bent bail and other levers.|
|And even worse when the carriage would not move.|
|Why such a convoluted stand off is beyond reason. 12-28 stud to a .090" rod to a normal hex standoff threaded for a 5-40 screw. I've seen tons of these used in radio and not this over complicated.|
|I machined an old Bakelite knob to fit the original collar.|
|This is without any cleaning. Before use I did blow out the dust with compressed air. No other cleaning was done.|
|Had to straighten the back, and I used regular hardware store 12-24 machine screws.|
|I really like the index scale. Absolutely no parallax error.|
|Looking on the Typewriter Serial Number Database I found this is a Model 600 made in 1953.|
I finished the typewriter and typed the typecast on Friday. I'm a bit late posting.
The way this typewriter typed was a complete surprise. I did not even need to clean it. Even the majority of the slugs were not clogged with old dirt and ink. The feet are also in great shape and quite grippy. The black half of the ribbon had seen better days.
If there is one disadvantage to this typewriter it is an elite machine instead of pica.
Were these really made in Grand Rapids, Michigan? I cannot seem to find any history of it. There is mention of the company, and the building at 678 Front Ave., but nothing else.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
October Typewriter Gathering at Kazoo Books
|Typewriters and supplies Loaded and ready to go across town.|
|Everything is set and ready to go.|
|Sent from my 1967 Facit TP-2 Cubic Pica|
|Hayden's Olympia SM4|
|Hayden's Olympia SF|
|Andy's Underwood 4 Bank|
|Andy's Olivetti Lettera 33|
|Andy's Olympia Splendid|
|One of my trusty Smith_Corona Skyriters|
|I also took my Olivetti Lettera 22|
|My Facit TP-2|
|I was lamenting not being able to go to Herman's this year.|
|Hayden test typing my H3k Techno Pica.|
|Autumn is finally settled in. First tree I've seen that dropped its leaves already.|
|A little farther down the path all the wild flowers are gone, and the scrubs are turning Colorado Aspen gold.|
|The milkweed pods have finally popped open.|
As Autumn falls upon us we see signs of death all around. Plant death. In a way beautiful death. Plants seem to have that unusualness of being beautiful as they spring from the earth in Spring and later show even more beauty as they mature and blossom. Finally at the end of their life they repopulate as their flowers and pods release the seeds for the next generation to bloom in 2020.
I have quite a few images over the past year from places around Kzoo. I thought to put more on this post, especially the nest or leaves hanging by a thread. Maybe a digital image post or a blog for my photographic and digital imaging.
I've go to keep them separate as I still do a lot of film, especially when doing wildlife and birds. Digital is just way toooooo blasted slooooooooooooow.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
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