1939 Erika 5
I regrettably didn’t take as many photos of this machine as I wanted to. This machine was another repair, and it needed some escapement tuning and a bell tuning. The bell was easy, the skipping escapement was not. This machine doesn’t have a star wheel like most other typewriters, instead it has two teethed pieces that move in and out of alignment with the carriage rack, one of which is on a small compression spring that regulates spacing. This makes the machine pretty sensitive.
The escapement was eventually fixed by reforming a section of the spacebar linkage over a torch, the same with the letter spacing leaver. The rest was polishing. That’s that, a very short story for a very interesting machine. Wish I had more time with it! I do want to note the level key top action, which does not cause the keys to shift forward or back more than a fraction of a millimeter. Very remarkable! The Coronas tend to lock up if you don’t let the keys travel a few millimeters forward. These kept the keys level and straight, a joy to type on. Got up to 107WPM with no skipping!!
Bringing it back, also had to replace the handle on the case, used a leather strap and some brass rivets.