The weird thing about what happened in the 1970s is that a quick look between a pre- and post-change Erika doesn't reveal anything that would explain why the typing action improved so dramatically. I intent do some day look deeper into this mystery.
It was a perfect day for a type-out. 6 people took part—not counting a couple interested bystanders and an appearance from Eugene Onegin. It started out with a bit of wind and the table in the shade, and got sunnier and less windy as the type-out continued, before being shaded again.
Groma Modell N made a fashionably late appearance, and probably stole the show. That isn't to say that there weren't many other exciting typewriters to try out, because there were! I especially liked the semi-musical Remington 10 and the white Royal Model P with apothecary symbols. (and of course I am proud that my Erika 11 was also well-loved)
Confirmed: the Tacoma type-out will be held outside! The weather will be partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain, temperature around 66º, and 7mph winds. Paper will be supplied in half-sheets to prevent too much interference with the typing if the wind picks up.
I was talking to someone about my typewriter collecting recently, and they asked if I collected big ones. I told them I collected portable typewriters only… but then I realized how wildly different they can be in size for someone who isn't familiar with them.
So here I introduce my Groma Kolibri—I finally got one! Unfortunately it doesn't work very well due to a problem behind the segment I don't know how to fix. The keys on the left side of the keyboard are much stiffer than they should be and require a great deal of pressure to strike and advance the carriage. I've isolated the problem to the plate behind the segment that moves when keys are pressed, or at least something attached to that, but I don't know how to make it stop binding on that side (or whatever it's doing).
The ribbon spools are quite genius. Rather than hooking ribbons on the normal way, there is a little locking clamp. It's both simpler to change, less messy, and also more durable than a typical ribbon spool arrow. All these qualities are important if you're going to have the user keep the original spools.
*I suppose my ramblings aren't actually greater than the entire Nazi party,