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    Typewriters

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by luumu, Apr 9, 2009.

    My apologizes if this is in the wrong section.

    I'm looking into purchasing a vintage typewriter and am curious as to if anyone has any information or opinions on different brands. What should I "look for" when ordering one off eBay? Besides the obvious—it being portable—is there any major difference in a portable typewriter compared to a desktop one? Any information on typewriters would be helpful. I know a little, unfortunately not enough to make a decision.

    Thanks, everyone.
     
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    I don't know many people who even use Typewriters anymore.
    But I hear that the Royale Typewritiers are good.
     
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    Electric or Manual?
     
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    Manual.

    And thanks, Lemex, I'll look into it.
     
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    the olivetti portable was the standard 'tool' of the journalist in times gone by... if you want excellence of design, ease of use, and maximum portability, i suggest you find one from the 50s or 60s... the 'lettera 22' [c. 1950] is the original paradigm... anything up to the 'lettera 32' should be what you want...
     
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    I, personally, own a Swintec 8016 Select Series typewriter.
    It has been in my father's shop for a long time, but still works like a charm. Unfortunately, either because of the cartridge or my bumbling, it will not longer ERASE! Which is frustrating, to say the least.
    Then again, it's very old, but on the other hand; it's electronic. That is, it must be plugged in to function. So it's not THAT old.

    S'a good typewriter. It has backspace, (which doesn't erase) a separate erase button. Tab, reverse tab, the numbers at the top and all of their alternate symbols. (!@#$% et cetera)

    It beeps when you're reaching the end of the page, and all kinds of other nifty things. Fun, fun.
     
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    wow, you really want to get into the swing of things!
    The tabbing or click. click click. i prefer a laptop to be honest, i use a rubber keyboard, just to stop it.

    i dug this out for you though.

    http://mrtypewriter.tripod.com/typeforsale.htm


    Dont qutoe me on thier reliablitlity though they where 3rd down in google.

    enjoy
     
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    I prefer a keyboard to a typewriter... then again, printers are fairly cheap now :)

    ~Lynn
     
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    Oh, I'm a big fan of loud typing. I, in fact, downloaded a program that creates typewriter sound effects every time you hit a key. (It doesn't sound very genuine, though, and I type so fast that the sounds begin cutting short and it sounds awful)
     

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