You might like my newest posting- about taking my best friend to Tom’s shop- which seems to be doing quite well.
As well, I didn’t realize you’re also in New England. For my part, I try to “route” typewriters as gifts to friends- and that plants seeds for future writers who type their creations (and even their job work).
Yes, economic conditions make for very tense times. Maine is not a wealthy state, so we all make do and tread very lightly.
Hang in there. I think the future of any craft is the sharing of methods, tools, and spirit. We’re doing that.
I try not to think about this post-typocalyptic scenario, where all of the old codgers who still tinker away in typewriter repair workshops eventually meet the end of their livelihood or lives, and no more ribbons are made, or platens resurfaced, and our beautiful writing machines eventually rust into nonfunctioning doorstops, slamming the door on 150 years of the written word.
in reference to windowshopping on eBay, one of my favorite pastimes is to ogle over all the rare-to-North-America machines out there & in some cases i find that shipping is actually reasonably priced — when i have the reserves financially available, i’m bound & determined to getta Spanish keyboard Olivetti & my dream would be gettin’ a Klein-Adler 2, which i’ve recently came across on German eBay (German eBay is the most robust of non-English eBays), but sadly i judt could,nt afford it…
anyways, just type in one of the folloeing searchterms & choose “worldwide” anda whole plethora of lovely stuff pops up!
Such a poignant post. I live in Switzerland, and have just discovered typewriters and subsequently caught the collecting bug. I go on German eBay to window-shop too, but the shipping costs are ridiculous even to Switzerland because we are not in the EU. Anyway, I look at all the typewriter auctions that start at 1 Euro, and many of them end with no bids. What happens to the machines? Relisted? Thrown out? Who knows? I wish I could take them all home with me, but my husband would not be amused…
Being restricted to local Swiss auctions is really depressing, there’s hardly ever anything! eBay US is like a candy shop for me, although the prices are rather inflated (compared to Germany). I would like a regular English QWERTY keyboard, though, I have enough QWERTZs!
Thanks – my “collection” is only about a half dozen machines. I prefer to find a few that are in mint condition, which I can use for many years, instead of trying to buy many of them. Keep looking, though – the best machine I have is a 1971 Olympia SM-9. It’s in perfect condition (I had it serviced), and paid only $14 US for it – it was the first machine I bought, too. The finds are out there, you just need a little luck.
Thank you. I have read so many good things about the SM-9 from your site and other bloggers that I cannot wait to find one and take it home! Germany is not too far from Switzerland, so hopefully some made it over here and I shall come across them one of these days…