1951 Gossen Tippa #30284
Status: My Collection
Created: 01-18-2021 at 07:39AM
Last Edit: 01-18-2021 at 09:42AM
Tippa A Mk.II, with significant modifications and improvement in comparison with the Mk.I launched in 1948.
Many of the details of the Mk.I were indeed interesting but not very practical , including the side buttons for opening the case, the mechanism of fixing the return lever to the base or the glass keys.
The typewriter was in overall good conditions, but with a skipping carriage, which required the completed disassembly of the carriage.
Well, the Tippa confirmed the general rule that the smaller is the typewriter, the more complicated is the procedure of disassembly and assembly the carriage.
Unfortunately the problem could not be solved: the carriage is skipping because the left wire spring that keep the rack in mesh with the escapement gear is missing, and the only one remaining has not enough power. This is one of the weak point of the Tippa A, and in fact in the Tippa B the two wire springs have been replaced with normal springs. The typewriter will be repaired as soon as I will find a suitable spring.
I like early Tippas, but it is undeniable that the original design of Erwin Pfaffenberger has been continuously improved even if at the cost of losing a little charm.
Hunter: Paolo Dal Chiele (pdcox)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Interested in historic motoring and vintage cars, I received a typewriter as a bonus when I bought and old off-road car. The previous owner had found somewhere a typewriter produced for the German army and when he sold me the car he gave me the typewriter too. As I learned later, it was a1961 Olympia SM7 Robust..
Of the typewriters I value more character than perfection, the signs that time has left and the stories - or fragments of stories - of those who used them ...
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