9 Jul 2013

Royal Keychop Rescue

1941 Royal Aristocrat B-987005










What am I doing
to what typewriter?

MrTypewriter on burgundy Royals

Typed on my new Royal Aristocrat on the floor.

An hour after I post this, a burgundy Quiet De Luxe came up on eBay. What is it with timing?!

12 comments:

  1. Looks like a 'P' with a tabulator. Great finish and I really like those rectangular shift keys.

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    1. This is the Royal Arrow I used to have, which doesn't have the tabulator http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uO8eGbzgoIU/TZ4LYicsEwI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/XZJ5YG1_NPE/s1600/Royal+Arrow.JPG

      They're quite different from the P, mechanically, though I don't have a P to compare with myself.

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  2. PS: I reckon you are 'restoring' a German typewriter case!

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  3. Re-doing the paper table label on an old Olympia, using a thin brush and gold paint?

    I'm glad you finally found the right Royal for you. They are a treat when not skipping (or so I hear, I have never owned one that skipped - unlike H2000's grr.)

    That most definitely is a stunner! :D

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    1. I never had one that skipped, they always just had what I always just call 'escapement problems' that made it impossible to type fast and smoothly.

      Indeed, thank you. :D

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  4. That, is a beautiful machine! I'm glad you saved it :)
    Congrats on the cheap streak of machines oh lucky one! Can't wait to see what you have won -- in utter jealously no less. :p
    The mystery picture wise: I think you've masked on a piece of paper/vinyl on a Olympia to redo the logo in a prettier gold? Or it might be my eyes thinking too much :p

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    1. The cheap streak has also been accompanied by buying a few typewriters that weren't cheap, because I'm insatiable. But when you have the space and you aren't hurting yourself financially....... oh well. XD

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  5. Just for reference, I rescued an identical machine from Keychoppers last year. There must be something about this model of Royal, they seem to be most at risk. Probably because they have the nicest glass keys.

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    1. Yours was black, though, not burgundy right?

      As far as being nice keys for jewelry...you're probably right. A lot of the older ones have a slightly less refined look to them, or else get discoloured paper inserts.

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  6. Sweet Royal, nice to see it in your collection.

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  7. Nice rescue!

    I've also had spotty experience with Royals. Some that were supposed to be light and response just weren't. However, even after cleaning and lubrication, I have found that most typewriters just need use o loosen up.

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    1. I had the worst luck with two Royal Aristocrats in the mid 50s style, identical typewriters. It felt like you were fighting just to get the keys to strike and the carriage to advance, and didn't seem to improve with use. I think the only two I could say I ever thought were good or better would be this one and my Safari. The ones in between that I've used just don't seem to live up to much of a standard. It seems somewhat unrelated to condition.

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