195X Zeta 1501 #ZA-228937
Status: My Collection
Hunter: Vlastimil Novak (Schrei112)
Created: 10-27-2015 at 07:59AM
Last Edit: 03-08-2018 at 11:24AM
These are my two Zetas. The whole gallery is dedicated to the green one, because it is in better shape and newly cleaned and restored. I will maybe sometimes create a gallery for the grey one, but all differences are only in colour, some plastic parts and small rollers above platen.
The grey one (serial: ZA-235510) is my beloved first typewriter. I like its worn out condition and dirtiness and I don't know, if I want to clean it or leave it as it is.
I was in the middle of elementary school when I persuaded my father to "borrow" old typewriter from his office, where it was only catching dust. It survived my childhood, hundreds of pages and first exploring with screwdriver. A few parts were missing from the beginning, but after these years it is still working perfectly.
The green one is my 25th typewriter and I got it as a gift from my friend. Her father is working in a scrapyard and this machine has been simply thrown away. The best things are for free! After cleaning, it is almost like brand new. I was quite surprised that it is first machine with elite typeface in my collection.
It would be appropriate to say something about history, but I am ashamed that I don't know much. The Production begins in 1948 in Zbrojovka Brno. This office model and portables(the portables were produced in Vy┼íkov, but I don't know if the production was separated from the beginning or later on). The brand name Consul was in its beginning an export name for portables, in Czechoslovakia still sold as Zeta. In 1960 the name Zeta was completely abandoned and all machines were labeled as Consul.
Under iron curtain, Consul and only some german machines like Robotron were sold here, therefore there are still thousands of them, dirt cheap.
The typewriter itself is a marvelous machine. It takes (I swear to God, that is true) only a minute to dissasembly it like in the last photo. It is not supposed to be the prettiest machine under the sun, but the firearms factory quality inside is fantastic. I have not ever experienced any malfunction with my grey old friend. Typing is light and precise, simple machine designed for everyday hard work.
Anyone who can spot one thing that is mounted incorrectly on blue machine can be using title "typewriter sharp eye guru master ultimate" after own name! (In reality, it is fixed now)