vintage typewriter with paper
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Speaking as a person who has bought, sold, traded, and rented many typewriters, you really have to be careful as to what you buy. I can’t say emphatically enough to really look one over to see if it can be reasonably fixed. Most all machines I have either used parts off of junkers. I have only gone to a typewriter shop for specific parts not even ten times in the thirty-eight years I’ve had this hobby.

I have not bought new platens, rollers, or feet, but pulled off of other machines. I’ve even painted a few, but I’m no Earl Scheib. But I am very meticulous about cleaning , oiling and adjusting a machine down to a cat’s whisker. When I repair a typewriter, I want to make sure the touch and print are reasonable enough for it to be used as a daily writer. I’m not a fancy restorer, but then if a typewriter were restored, it would belong more under a glass case where nobody touches it.

Hi John. Thanks for taking the time to read my post! I’m sure we could learn from you it sounds like. Working on typewriters is definitely a labor of love and Rob spends a lot of time learning. He’s come a long way in only a year! I agree about restored typewriters…I’d almost not want to touch it! But they are definitely worth the higher price tag.

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