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1972 Smith Corona Classic 12 Serial # 6LTV 355668 1972 Smith Corona Classic 12 typewriter, Serial # 6LTV 355668 Thomas Wyse's 1972 Smith Corona Classic 12 typewriter. 2022-09-12 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Thomas Wyse: 1972 Smith Corona Classic 12 Serial # 6LTV 355668 A Classic 12 with Basic Writing no.67 typeface. I won't use it for business correspondence, but it's soooo fun to type on. Maybe get some 11"x17" to type on for personal correspondence. It was filthy when it arrived. It didn't have the normal eraser shavings, but ribbon fragments were stuck in the segment and were inhibiting the shift stop. There was a pen cap inside that prevented the carriage from moving through the whole range and the back space wasn't catching. It wasn't packaged carefully, and it arrived with the latch on the case smashed, and the case had been bent in enough that some of the keys were bent out of place. Yikes. It took several hours of cleaning and adjusting, but it's fully functional now except for the missing right side carriage release lever (which I knew was missing when I bought it). The shift levers were inexplicably high when I got it, and I really noticed it when I typed. I don't know if it's my style or my hands or something else, but when my pinky feels that shift key when I'm typing an a or a z, then I don't fully strike the key. I lowered them, and I'd rather feel the frame when I press the shift button than feel the shift when I type the lower case a and z. It's a pretty good typer. It's not a great machine, but the large, crisp typeface makes up for what it lacks as a typer. Was this typeface used by elementary teachers to cut mimeograph stencils for custom worksheets? It's hard to get a sense in pictures just how large this face looks on the page. Look how close the imprint is to the Classic 12 label. The platen is very hard and had a lot of imprinting. I took it out and spun it in a drill against fine sandpaper until all the imprinting was gone, and that improved the quality of the imprint. Some of the typebars could use some tweaking, but that'll be a project for another time. Purchased 9/22 for $90.

1972 Smith Corona Classic 12 #6LTV 355668

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Thomas Wyse (tcwyse)
Created: 09-12-2022 at 06:47AM
Last Edit: 09-12-2022 at 07:07AM


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A Classic 12 with Basic Writing no.67 typeface. I won't use it for business correspondence, but it's soooo fun to type on. Maybe get some 11"x17" to type on for personal correspondence. It was filthy when it arrived. It didn't have the normal eraser shavings, but ribbon fragments were stuck in the segment and were inhibiting the shift stop. There was a pen cap inside that prevented the carriage from moving through the whole range and the back space wasn't catching. It wasn't packaged carefully, and it arrived with the latch on the case smashed, and the case had been bent in enough that some of the keys were bent out of place. Yikes. It took several hours of cleaning and adjusting, but it's fully functional now except for the missing right side carriage release lever (which I knew was missing when I bought it). The shift levers were inexplicably high when I got it, and I really noticed it when I typed. I don't know if it's my style or my hands or something else, but when my pinky feels that shift key when I'm typing an a or a z, then I don't fully strike the key. I lowered them, and I'd rather feel the frame when I press the shift button than feel the shift when I type the lower case a and z. It's a pretty good typer. It's not a great machine, but the large, crisp typeface makes up for what it lacks as a typer. Was this typeface used by elementary teachers to cut mimeograph stencils for custom worksheets? It's hard to get a sense in pictures just how large this face looks on the page. Look how close the imprint is to the Classic 12 label. The platen is very hard and had a lot of imprinting. I took it out and spun it in a drill against fine sandpaper until all the imprinting was gone, and that improved the quality of the imprint. Some of the typebars could use some tweaking, but that'll be a project for another time. Purchased 9/22 for $90.

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