Buying a Typewriter Page 2

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  • neilka 24 Mar 2021 15:48:34 23,907 posts
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    You need one of these babies

  • wuntyate 24 Mar 2021 17:09:31 16,956 posts
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    Well. I'm nothing if not impulsive so bought the one on the previous page. Tune in next week to find out how much of a dick/hipster I've been.
  • quadfather 24 Mar 2021 17:25:35 38,649 posts
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    wuntyate wrote:
    And then despite all that, I find myself hovering over the buy button on this:

    https://charliefoxtrotvintage.co.uk/collections/typewriters/products/typewriter-underwood-315

    I can see myself just sitting typing away on this. Mug of hot coffee off to one side, bottle of beard oil on the other.

    Even if I don't use it for writing stories, I can see myself using it to write my lyrics on.
    Why don't you get that and start with lyrics to get used to the speed first?
  • quadfather 24 Mar 2021 17:26:03 38,649 posts
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    wuntyate wrote:
    Well. I'm nothing if not impulsive so bought the one on the previous page. Tune in next week to find out how much of a dick/hipster I've been.
    Good man
  • wuntyate 24 Mar 2021 17:50:44 16,956 posts
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    Yeah man I'm thinking that as I write lyrics most nights anyway and I'm forever trying to decipher my own scrawl that even if I don't get into any longer forms, it'll be nice for that!
  • Dirtbox 24 Mar 2021 17:55:42 92,347 posts
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    I thought about getting a crappy word processor with the green screen some time back, but I snapped out of it.
  • wuntyate 24 Mar 2021 18:08:19 16,956 posts
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    I wonder how long before I punt the thing out a window.
  • ZuluHero 24 Mar 2021 18:57:16 10,145 posts
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    Ahh typing, the dark souls of the keyboard world.

    You Deid.
  • elstoof 24 Mar 2021 19:00:08 27,143 posts
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    Fucking millenials
  • wuntyate 24 Mar 2021 19:36:50 16,956 posts
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    @ZuluHero Manus Teaches Typing
  • quadfather 24 Mar 2021 20:03:38 38,649 posts
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    Haha very good
  • ZuluHero 24 Mar 2021 20:33:34 10,145 posts
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    Heh, it works on so many levels :D
  • BreadBinLidHero 25 Mar 2021 04:17:34 10,587 posts
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    I reckon it's this thread that'll be the catalyst for Roger Reedpop to pull the plug on the forum. I don't know why, though...
  • wuntyate 30 Mar 2021 19:42:21 16,956 posts
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    Well, here's a pointless update.

    It arrived the other day and I'm quite taken with it. It makes me happy just listening to the clacking sound as I hammer out utter drivel on it. I've also reacquainted myself with tip-ex.

    It's been conditioned professionally and arrived in perfect condition. Considering it's best part of 40 - 50 years old I can't fault it. It's a little beauty.

    https://imgur.com/a/kSO2sJa
  • boo 30 Mar 2021 22:05:44 13,798 posts
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    If you like it, and it gets you writing then it's a good purchase. If nothing else it's great that an old piece of kit is being used rather than ending up in a skip.
  • Trafford 30 Mar 2021 22:15:28 9,202 posts
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    Looks like a nice bit of kit that.

    I saw on that Repair Shop program, a guy restoring a typewriter.
    Some mass produced American workhorse from the 50s/60s.
    Complex.
  • quadfather 31 Mar 2021 08:06:50 38,649 posts
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    @wuntyate

    Good stuff! If it's being used then all good
  • wuntyate 31 Mar 2021 09:49:29 16,956 posts
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    It's definitely motivating me more at the moment. No screen, no distractions and just the nice soft yellow light of my surroundings and the clack clack clack ting. This may well be short-lived but it's a nice change of pace.
  • quadfather 31 Mar 2021 10:15:53 38,649 posts
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    All work and no play...

    Oh dear
  • wuntyate 31 Mar 2021 10:21:04 16,956 posts
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    Ha ha I'm that sad that that's the first thing I wrote on it and sent a pic to my mate.
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  • RunningWolf 1 Apr 2021 11:47:07 22 posts
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    @wuntyate Funny as I had similar motivations but to get my mother writing again. So I bought her a Smith Corona for Christmas. The concerns others have raised are valid, but I do believe there's both explicit and implicit value in having something so tactile, free of distractions and without the blue screen messing around with the melatonin in your brain.

    Anyway, to help you and any aspiring typewriter owners: To acquire the typewriter, eBay had breadth of inventory at reasonable prices.

    The next step is then finding out: a.) How to use it; b.) How to get the materials for it and; c.) How to maintain it. For this I stumbled across a lovely gentleman who operates under the business name The Typewriter Man.

    He's a completely independent, passionate aficionado who can help you out with everything. He actually makes ink ribbons himself at very reasonable prices. Even better, ask him about his stories regarding Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks.

    Hope this helps.
  • wuntyate 1 Apr 2021 12:06:06 16,956 posts
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    @RunningWolf Cheers man I'll have a look. I got mine from a great website called CharlieFoxtrot and they have been fantastic. They restore typewriters and, although I paid a lot more than I would have had I got one on ebay or whatever, it arrived in immaculate condition, ready to use and had obviously been very well serviced.

    I'm about 6 pages deep in a wee story I'm typing and I just love the shit out of it.
  • TechnoHippy 2 Apr 2021 09:31:25 19,001 posts
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    wuntyate wrote:
    Well, here's a pointless update.

    It arrived the other day and I'm quite taken with it. It makes me happy just listening to the clacking sound as I hammer out utter drivel on it. I've also reacquainted myself with tip-ex.

    It's been conditioned professionally and arrived in perfect condition. Considering it's best part of 40 - 50 years old I can't fault it. It's a little beauty.

    https://imgur.com/a/kSO2sJa
    Get huffing TipEx thinner for the authentic experience.
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