27 Feb 2014

25 Feb 2014

The most beautiful computer

What could this be?

1983 Otrona Attache 5300

The Otrona Attache cost $3995 new and was designed and made in Boulder, Colorado from 1982 to 1984. It has a Z-80 processor running CP/M 2.2.5 and 64k of RAM. The handle flips under to prop the computer up at two different angles.

Watch the Otrona Attache in action:

Programs for the Otrona Attaché

A video I recorded of an MBASIC-80 piano program that lets you play notes with the keyboard.
If you would like copies of any Otrona diskettes, send a message to my email address shown on the contact page. I can send you a listing of the contents of each disk and make copies for a small fee.

Sent from my new Otrona Attache

22 Feb 2014


I have fond memories of old DOS games with their chunky graphics and limited color pallets.
I was messing about in Photoshop and decided to create this.

20 Feb 2014

Noodler's flex pen

Does my writing look like it's running downwards to you? I checked, in the scan the lines are perfectly horizontal. I think it's the way I hold my hand to get the right angle for the flex. Proper Spencerian pens have angled nibs so you don't need to do that.

This, the cheapest Noodler's flex pen, is finicky, has design flaws, and smells weird due to the plastic used, but with deliberation you can get results worth many times the cost of the pen, which only costs as much as an average bottle of ink.

19 Feb 2014

Torpedo 20 vs Remington Travel-Riter

1952 Torpedo 20 610490

195X Remington Travel-Riter TR 629 703

Notice how the Torpedo logo on the outside of the case is nicer than on the paper table. XD

The Torpedo comes out as the clear winner for speed and touch, though the Remington has a nicer carriage return and more convenient functions. The Torpedo's case is a lot nicer, too. When I say I prefer Remingtons least of American typewriters, I mean post-war Remingtons. I'm quite fond of their earlier designs.

17 Feb 2014

10 typewriters for sale or trade

Once again I am selling off some typewriters. A couple are left over from last time but there are new ones as well. All 10 typewriters have been cleaned and oiled and work perfectly and come with their respective cases unless otherwise mentioned. Unlike last time, each typewriter will come with a good ribbon so they are all ready to go. If you would like to buy one, or want additional photos or a type sample, just send me an email to schreibstang (at) gmail (dot) com. Reasonable offers considered, PayPal payment preferred. You pay for shipping by USPS, and I will consider shipping worldwide if you are interested. The rates recently went up a little so the cost may be a few more dollars than you are expecting. I will edit to indicate which typewriters have been sold and which are pending.

SOLD Cole-Steel 3 / Congress Elite with pica spacing / $70 / This is in very good functioning condition and doesn't have any problems. The case has a crack but it has been repaired.

SOLD Remington Travel-Riter / Pica / $25 / The paint has some slight discoloration but it types well. It is based on the Torpedo 20 design.

SOLD / Pica / $65 / This is in very good condition and has a slightly special keyboard with both £ and $. It was made in Canada.

SOLD Singer Electric / Pica / $20 / Very good condition. This is one of the less common SCM rebrandings.

SOLD Royal Diana / Pica / $50 / Good condition except for the A key is reluctant to stop sticking. The case is in ratty shape.

SOLD Olympia SM9 / Pica / $30 / This is in very good condition though the case is missing the insert to hold the typewriter in place so I have installed foam strips to protect it.

SOLD Adler J5 / elite / $40 / I removed the body and cleaned it inside and out.

SOLD The Baby Empire #2574 / pica / $40 / The only Baby Empire known to have this decal. I thoroughly cleaned and oiled it, but the mainspring is broken and some of the less-used keys still need some more degunking. Comes with the original spools but no ribbon.

SOLD Smith-Corona Electric 5TE / pica / $30 / There are a few blemishes to the paint but it works great. I gave the paint a scrubbing.

SOLD AMC (Japy) / pica / $40 / Only one clasp on the case works. It's quite a clean machine.