Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Ribbon wars


5 comments:

Scott Kernaghan said...

THat's really poor form to get bad spools like that. Bad retailers. Where did they come from?

Also, I'd suggest using as little lubrication as possible in a typewriter. They're not made to have a lot! Just wipe over the surfaces with some paper towel to get rid of the excess.

Tina Martin said...

It was Olivertypewritershop.com and the. ribbon was listed as http://olivertypewritershop.com/smith-corona-skyriter-black-nylon-typewriter-ribbon-with-removable-core/

Richard P said...

Good thing you had the original spools.

The hammer that hits the bell may need a little tweaking.

Scott Kernaghan said...

Hmmmmm I have had reasonable service from those guys before, Maybe they just made a mistake.

As for the bell, often bells are set on an eccentric (off centre) so that you can turn them a little and have the bell go quieter, or silent. Give the bell a little bit of a turn with your hand and see if that helps. Otherwise you may need to clean the oil out, as it may be slowing the motion of the hammer - if it is touching at all (try triggering it by hand).

Best of luck.

RobertG said...

Good for re-spooling - especially if on an older machine there still are metal spools :-)
Like Richard commented - some tweaking of the wire that holds the weight that strikes the bell may do the trick. About half my machines needed some very careful tweaking/bending to make the weight strike the bell.
(Nice one about the eccentric bell mounting, need to look at that then next time :)