Saturday, June 9, 2012

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Decided to give the Underwood 18 a whirl. I picked this up in Ohio and, aside from typing a little with it when I bought it, had not really had a chance to check it out. It types quickly and easily, much like the Lettera 32, but it seems to skip a good bit. It is in excellent condition and came with a soft bag (purse), manual, and cleaning brush still in the plastic wrapping. This was written with the ribbon it came with. Still haven't gotten all of the masking tape price tag off...

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  1. You've gotten quite a few machines for just starting in 2012. I also like the SG-3. There were recently some on Ebay, but a bit out of my budget.

    One way to quiet the metal stand is to use a piece of remnant carpet (usually free from a flooring store) or a thick felt pad under the typewriter. Sometimes it will need sandwiched between 2 pieces of the rubber ball kind of shelf liner (this has been shown on my blog as well as Typed on Paper and others)

    Of course you could type in the closet like Mike Speegle.

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    1. That's the thing. Shipping such a behemoth would cost about as much as I would want to spend on it. Add in the high prices of eBay and it's a no go. I will find one...eventually.

      I can imagine it would still be too loud for Leila, even with the felt pads (though I have thought about getting some). Any sort of clicking, tapping, clacking, ticking, and what have you drives her up a wall. She has been getting more and more used to it, just putting headphones on when I type. For a while there, though, I couldn't type when she was home.

      I actually just purchased Mike Speegle's collection of short stories. I read through a bit of the preview on Amazon and decided that I must read it. It sounds like a lot of fun.

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  2. Your collection is indeed growing at an alarming rate, especially for the short time you have been collecting. How does Leila feel about this hobby? Has she used any of your typewriters, or has one (or more) of her own?

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    1. I agree, considering that in the past week (Saturday to Saturday), I have six new additions. This does not count the one or two on the way from eBay and the toy typewriter I ordered from Indiana. I passed that one up on the road trip, looked it up in Russo's book and immediately called the store and had them ship it out. That will be part of a post, especially as I would like more information about it.

      Leila is fine with the collecting. She is not as interested as one would hope, but she sits through my rambling about typewriters. She does not have any of her own, no.

      The only typewriter of mine that Leila has used is my Simpson's branded Antares Parva. I was showing it to her, asking her to try it as it is 'so cute'. She started typing slowly on it and I went about my business for a few minutes. When I returned and read what she had wrote, it turned out she was just using it to make sexual advances...
      But, hey. That's a pretty good use of a typewriter, if you ask me!

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  3. You're off to a turbo start! Hope to meet you sometime -- there is a meeting at Herman Price's on October, in West Virginia. Thanks for your ETCetera subscription!

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    1. I would definitely like to attend this meeting. WV is not too too far from me that I cannot make a weekend out of the drive.

      I have been meaning to subscribe for a while now, but every time I do I get lost in the PDF's of back issues you have posted. I've just finished them, and felt I was ready. :)

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