SF. Olympia SF. Yes, this is the era of SF as seen in a photo of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. So of course I wanted it. Badly. And I have the battle scars of the bidding war to prove it. (Let’s just say it is now the most expensive typewriter in my collection.)
Upon receipt of it via Fedex, I went from relieved to disheartened to hopeful to accomplished. Even though it was shipped upside down, it was packed really well. The first little scare was when I saw a piece of plastic in the bottom of the case. It turned out the left shift key had just popped off. Easy fix.
Doing some test typing, I noticed the tension of the ribbon was so tight that it wasn’t allowing the ribbon vibrator to raise up all the way. At one point, the ribbon stopped moving. I got a sinking feeling, realizing why this typer likely ended up at the thrift store. But I persevered, looking intently at the collection of mechanisms driving the ribbon movement.
Losing hope, I just happened to notice something. The ribbon reversal trigger–the two prongs through which the ribbon travels, eventually catching the grommet located on either end of the ribbon–was bent to such
a degree that it was leaning against the ribbon spool. As I tried to spin the spool with my finger, it was definitely being impeded.
Crossing my fingers, I made the bold decision to bend it back away from the spool. I did so by actually pressing down on the top of it, just enough until I
felt it give ever so slightly. Sure enough, that did the trick. So I repeated the process on the left side, though it didn’t require as much of an adjustment.
Test typing sheet back in place, I tapped out a few quick brown foxes and all good men until I was satisfied the problem was resolved. Indeed it is.
Here I have put into practice something I mentioned in a Typewriter Club LIVE a while back: typing on a printable Rocketbook page for ease of scanning and OCR in one pass, without leaving the comfort of my spot on the couch. I think the process deserves a video. Stay tuned.