I dub thee: "Sir Gerald"
This monster typer came in its original box and styrofoam packing with 20 metal spools and nylon ribbons, mostly black but one brown ink, plus an unopened box of at least six more ribbons and spools - plus a dozen or so large microfiber cloths and half a dozen printer cover cloths. Sadly, the paper support was missing - until about a year later, Typer Maestro Gerald Cha sent me one free of charge! Hence the name change from "Mortar Shell" to "Sir Gerald."
Needed some serious cleaning (finally got to use my Zippo lighter fluid and pipe cleaners to great effect on the vibrator mechanism) and she is now working. The bell is less like a typewriter and more like a ship's bell. LOUD. Ugly, massive, loud - what's not to love?
As in TIME Magazine's second rule concerning James Michener's novel Chesapeake (the first being "don't read it"):
"Don't drop it on your foot."
DO type with it though, I tell myself. And obey.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
From Toronto Canada. Tokyo-based entrepreneur since 1998 and meditation teacher since 2000. Learned to type in Grade 9 following mind-altering lunches and still experience flashbacks while typing. Mother did shorthand and typed 90 wpm as stenographer, dad pecked out haiku on his old typewriter as long as I remember. Moved to thermal printing, 8-character display CanoWord Pen 24 in 1986 when my typewriter broke, then to FujiXerox, Mac and iPhone. Bought my first typewriter of the new millennium (a Lettera 32) in March 2015. Muscle memory has graduated to neural reboot--every moment at the typewriter brings back fresh memories of type-happy childhood and visions of literary grandeur. Use typewriter for inspiration/rough drafts and computer/iPhone (Scrivener/Evernote) for polishing.
What a rare and wonderful happy ending when Gerald Cha - typewriter wizard of Quiapo - sent me this matching paper support free of charge. A true prince of the Typosphere!!
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