Tuesday, January 8, 2013

For those who like gull-wing doors...

This is the typewriter on top of the box it was shipped in... the amount of packing peanuts in the box could have filled a kiddy pool!

The case it's in above as actually a West German made Olympia case that I got another machine in, but I decided that the Voss deserved the case more (having been made in West Germany, whereas the typewriter I got in the case was made in the UK)

The handwritten note I found packed in with the typewriter... Needless to say, I was very pleased with the packing job and the level of customer service...

I was scared to have a typewriter shipped since it was the first time, but have had a few others shipped since then... No particularly awful experiences to date, unlike others I know (knock on wood!)


  1. Now that's a packing job! Quite a contrast to the sorry spectacle Robert Messenger just showed us.

    The spacebar rubbing should be easy to fix. Looks like you will simply have to bend it a little to the left.

    As for the typing, it appears that the type is hitting too low on the right half of the platen. First make sure the platen is in the machine straight. I don't see why it wouldn't be, but spin it around, look closely at it, and see whether there's a wobble.

    If not, then I guess you should try adjusting the vertical alignment. There are four screws with nuts on each end of the carriage that control this -- to the left and right, and on the upper and lower sides of the carriage. I am not sure what you need to do, but use logic and patience. And a few swear words never hurt either.

    1. I should have another on the way that I'm hoping will arrive in as good shape...

      The spacebar is weird, you'd think it'd be easy since they are adjustable in two places on both sides of the spacebar, but I think I'll have to make some sort of adapter to get it adjusted how it needs to go.

      I'll have to take a lok to make sure the platen is straight and look into adjusting the vertical alignment if it's off... I'll also take the time to look at the typebars for the D and K keys and try to figure out where they're rubbing and cut down on that friction so they fall back on their own.

      I appreciate the pointer, I would have otherwise never known (without trying) what those screws were for. And I'll make sure to swear a lot, it usually helps.

    2. I have a guess what the new machine is...

      I'm glad my car has made an appearance on your blog too!

      And one small criticism: you said something about gullwing doors and posted no pics of the most awesome feature of your machine. I have been fortunate enough to have seen them in person, but people without Vosses probably want to see.

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