1963 Torpedo 18 S #1300610
Status: My Collection
Created: 08-10-2014 at 05:54PM
Last Edit: 08-31-2014 at 08:55AM
This Torpedo is branded as a Remington Rand product, made in West Germany. It's my understanding that this "18 S" is basically a Torpedo 18b but with a different ribbon cover and with Remington styled keys. Other than that, this thing is a Torpedo.
(edited - it appears to be a '63 not a '64)
As a typer, it really does amaze. Never have I experienced such a fast, swift, almost electrified typing action. The machine has fantastic precision all around, about as nice as an Adler or Olympia, right up there for sure.
The ONLY issue with this thing was the loud ticking sound when the slug strikes the platen. The platen had become VERY hard and stone-like. The sound of the machine was brutal, like metal striking glass, just a harsh jab in the eardrum literally making it unusable for me. BUT, I sent the platen off to J.J. Short for some new rubber, hardness/durometer 85A. The newly covered platen came back the other day and I immediately put it back into the Torpedo. Wow, what a huge game-changer. Now this is a real, usable typewriter. The thing is still kind of a loud typer, but not at all painful. All the hard harshness is gone, the feel of the typing action is improved.
Now that this machine is like-new again with the fresh rubber, this is truly a stunner of a machine, just an amazing performer that's a joy to use. I don't know any other typewriter that feels quite like this Torpedo, so fast and almost magically self-powered. Again, that fine German build quality and engineering prowess shines through.
Hunter: Brad Sarno (bradsarno)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I've spent my life as a mechanical and electronics tinkerer, bikes, cars, lawnmowers, appliances, cameras, audio gear, guitars, amplifiers, and pedal steel guitars. I was trained as a typist for 2 years back in the late 70's on IBM Selectric II's. At home I recall my mother having an Olympia SM3. More recently we got our daughter a typewriter for Christmas, and that somehow sparked my own personal interest in these fine and interesting machines. Now it's a habit that just won't quit. Daily searches on Craigslist, frequent trips to antique stores & malls, garage sales, etc. It's a fun and healthy addiction.
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