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1964 Sears Medalist Electric 12 Serial # SMLE-109853 1964 Sears Medalist Electric 12 typewriter, Serial # SMLE-109853 Thomas Wyse's 1964 Sears Medalist Electric 12 typewriter. 2022-10-28 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Thomas Wyse: 1964 Sears Medalist Electric 12 Serial # SMLE-109853 Purchased for $14.99 in August of 2022. It came loose from its case attachments in shipping. The covers on the ends of the carriage were broken into several pieces, the back frame was pushed in about 1/2", the bell didn't work, and neither did the tab set/clear or tab mechanism. Part of the tab set/clear mechanism was dragging on the bar on the carriage that has all the little levers that make tabbing possible, and the carriage wouldn't move more than a couple spaces. I repaired all those things. The i, l and r keys were hitting a lot harder than the rest of the keys, so I peened them to make a lighter imprint. Some of the letters could use some tweaking. It has a very hard platen, so I modified the double pulley a bit by pinching the larger wheel to be narrower and prying the fixed side of the smaller wheel out to lower the gearing a little bit to get a lighter strike. It worked wonders for the volume of the machine. I adjusted it to be to light initially, and it didn't print dark enough with the shift in use. It would be handy if different sized wheels were available to change the gear ratio. I like the Numode (Sears Futura) typeface a lot. It's really odd to me that the descender is so short on the q and that there is a tiny serif on the c. I enjoy the 1 1/2 line spacing, paragraph and 1/2 character spacing features. It's a handsome dark green, and I like the gold accents. The gold on the carriage return lever is nearly gone, unfortunately. Even though the feet still feel very soft, the machine is louder than my other two electrics. A pad takes care of it though. The person who used this appears to have had long fingernails. The cardboard faceplate is worn by the on/off switch. 10/22 - Took the typebars out of this machine and put them in a Sears Citation since I'd rather use a manual.

1964 Sears Medalist Electric 12 #SMLE-109853

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Thomas Wyse (tcwyse)
Created: 09-06-2022 at 06:42PM
Last Edit: 10-28-2022 at 09:20AM


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Purchased for $14.99 in August of 2022. It came loose from its case attachments in shipping. The covers on the ends of the carriage were broken into several pieces, the back frame was pushed in about 1/2", the bell didn't work, and neither did the tab set/clear or tab mechanism. Part of the tab set/clear mechanism was dragging on the bar on the carriage that has all the little levers that make tabbing possible, and the carriage wouldn't move more than a couple spaces. I repaired all those things. The i, l and r keys were hitting a lot harder than the rest of the keys, so I peened them to make a lighter imprint. Some of the letters could use some tweaking. It has a very hard platen, so I modified the double pulley a bit by pinching the larger wheel to be narrower and prying the fixed side of the smaller wheel out to lower the gearing a little bit to get a lighter strike. It worked wonders for the volume of the machine. I adjusted it to be to light initially, and it didn't print dark enough with the shift in use. It would be handy if different sized wheels were available to change the gear ratio. I like the Numode (Sears Futura) typeface a lot. It's really odd to me that the descender is so short on the q and that there is a tiny serif on the c. I enjoy the 1 1/2 line spacing, paragraph and 1/2 character spacing features. It's a handsome dark green, and I like the gold accents. The gold on the carriage return lever is nearly gone, unfortunately. Even though the feet still feel very soft, the machine is louder than my other two electrics. A pad takes care of it though. The person who used this appears to have had long fingernails. The cardboard faceplate is worn by the on/off switch. 10/22 - Took the typebars out of this machine and put them in a Sears Citation since I'd rather use a manual.

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