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It could be verse

by | Jun 9, 2011 | Moya | 15 comments

15 Comments

  1. shordzi

    W-O-W O-M-G F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C !

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  2. Ton S.

    Stunning!

    I can understand completely how this beauty sent you waxing poetic ( :

    I'm really curious how a machine like this sounds; hope you can upload an mpeg when you get the chance.

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  3. Ted

    Woswer. That machine looks fabulously impractical to actually type with :D

    (but it is as pretty as you are poetic)

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  4. Richard P

    So, not so pretty in your opinion, Ted, eh? :)

    I wish I knew what it sounded like in use. The type cylinder moves very stiffly on its shaft (metal swollen a bit?) and there are various other problems I won't bore you with. So it's probably a museum piece, although I am getting to understand it better and cleaning it up, so it's not impossible that I will get it to work.

    The design is very awkward — all elbows. The big "elbows" that stand up on either side are the hinges for the carriage — a very strange arrangement. The ribbon spools are in front of the type cylinder, as you see, and the ribbon is supposed to run diagonally behind the cylinder. I have a feeling that even when this machine was fresh the factory, it would have been a finicky and unsatisfying typewriter. The market passed a negative judgment on it.

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  5. Peter

    So exquisite ,so skeletal, so neat! Congratulations!

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  6. rn

    Holy dreaming demons, Batman! What a wacky device! You can exult, Mr. Polt.

    BTW, I see only one ribbon spool. Do both sit on the same spindle?

    Oh, and thanks for the untiring inspiring versifiring.

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  7. Richard P

    The ribbons are supposed to sit on top of each other. I'm missing one spool and the nut that holds the spools down, but I've found that an Olivetti spool and a modern nut create a pretty good illusion of authenticity. I'll post more pics eventually.

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  8. Rob Bowker

    It isn't especially clear how the type actually gets as far as the platen without hiting the gubbins in the imddle. So looking forward to post elbow-grease pics! Lovely poem.

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  9. Philosophothinker, ThD

    Wait… why is my name in there? I sue for copyright! My name is copyrighted!

    That is one special typewriter! I don't recall seeing any photos of Moyas other than in the books.

    That ribbon does look pretty crazy.

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  10. Richard P

    You're in there, Nick, because I couldn't think of anything else that rhymes with Zealand. :)

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  11. Strikethru

    Well done on the verse. Even the bad pun title!

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  12. Machines of Loving Grace

    "The type cylinder moves very stiffly on its shaft (metal swollen a bit?)"

    It's probably the Coriolis effect. It's used to working in the Southern Hemisphere. ;-)

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  13. notagain

    That was a nice chuckle on a trying morning but I couldn't post from work. Well done!

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  14. Robert Messenger

    Well done, Richard – both machine and verse. It's looking more splendid than I had imagined it could. My Corona 3 isn't half bad, either (thanks), if not in the same rarity league. Wonder what happened to the poor old unwanted Royal?

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  15. Stationery Traffic

    Leicester definitely wasn't very squat when I last visited…

    Nice find!

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