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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Vlastimil Novak:
1931 Merz Universal

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1931 Merz Universal
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Status: My Collection
Created: 03-09-2017 at 06:20AM
Last Edit: 03-09-2017 at 06:44AM

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Merz... Interesting typewriter. It is looking like something noble and expensive and I love like it's made with great sense for symetry. Although, in my humble opinion, it is not the best typewriter under sun. The whole concept of keyboard with vertically moving keys throug holes was really outdated even in time when first Merz got out of the factory. Carriage catches are made from quite weak material... The biggest problem here are segments. The typebar one is made from good metal and there is nothing wrong with it. The other two on the bottom are real inconvenience. I don't know why, but there are cracks in it and they are deformed. It is like the metal is growing, so the levers in it are crushed and not moving. It appears to be problem with lot of Merz machines.

I bought this typewriter, because I spotted it on the internet and was feeling sorry for it. I have other Merz, but that is missing typebars and big roung segment with levers, so it is silent machine, just fragment of history I got almost for free. But the problem is just the same. Two days of sandpapering of notches in segment, so the levers can move freely. All rollers are new made, everything else is left rusty and worn out like it was, just cleaned.

Now it is working, but due to deformation of big round segment, the original carefully measured and calculated angles and lenghts between levers are compromised, so it is not working like it is supposed to. Maybe it is my fault and it needs more adjusting and experimenting... I will see.

This writer is interesting, because it is not like the others. I assume that lot of them got thrown away due to segment problem, so now they are quite interesting find.

Also it is weird that position of the numbers and accent characters is swapped. Using shift for every accent letter in Czech is very anoing, because čeština se háčky a čárkami jen hemží.

My other Merz (No. 43610) is not equipped with detachable carriage.

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Vlastimil Novak
Username: Schrei112

1931 Merz Universal Photo Gallery

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