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A Brief Introduction to Insanity

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I'll cut right to the chase for those of you who came here for work to be done. To purchase fresh inked ribbons, and ribbons in ribbon tins, visit www.lucasdul.com/ribbons Quote Prices for typewriter repair and restoration work vary .  Find all the info for that at: www.lucasdul.com/typewriters Also, there you will find the payment contract. In addition, I will also look at most cassette decks, and change belts, demagnetize, align heads, and adjust speeds.  I will also clean them, and perform minor minor repairs.  (electronics are a little trickier than mechanics). Prices for that would be as follows. -Belt replacement $15 -Adjustments (demag, align, speed) $40 -Cleaning $20 (removing oxide and battery acid so the machine works well, but not necessarily factory refurbishing) Meet Harold, the fastest typist in the world The rabbit hole is often pretty shallow, just deep enough to break the ankle.  It grabs you, shakes you about, and leaves a

1957 Olympia SG1

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  This is the Olympia SG1, what many consider to be one of the greatest typewriters ever made.  And it isn't hard to see why.  Olympia spared no expense in the bells and whistles department.  I had wanted one for myself for quite a while, probably back when I only owned one or two machines.  I never got one, they're heavy and shipping is quite expensive.  Providence shined down on me last week when a fellow collector offered me the near entirety of his collection for free!  I took it graciously, and when I saw the SG1 among the ranks I was thoroughly excited. There's that SG, might also keep the green SM3, we will see. I had an olympia once before, it was a grey SM3 that I loved.  It was a little too loud for my taste, and though smooth it was more high strung on the key action.  But it typed finer and neater than any other machine I had ever owned, and I was itching to get my hands on another ever since.  This SG1 ticked all my boxes, and some I didn't even know I had.

1930 Royal Model 10

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  I picked this machine up from the client about a week ago.  When I first got it, I thought it looked amazing, even the decals retained their original gold lettering which is something that tends to wear away.  This particular machine was one of the last carriage shift models, and as such, is more mechanically simple on the inside.  I didn't see the main points of damage until I got around to diagnosing the issue, which for this machine was fall damage.  The two carriage side brackets were both bent in a zig-zag, causing the carriage to bind along the tabulator bar.  In addition to this, several of the bolts and screws had completely sheered in half, threads separated from the heads and shafts.   In fixing damage like this, the first thing to do is take it all apart, and indeed that is what I did.  I began by removing all the rear elements of the carriage, the bearing rod, the tab bar, the margin bar, the paper table, as well as all the trays and rubber rollers. The bends in the m