A few days ago the box on the left arrived from Australia. It was sent all that way by John "McTaggart", who we have learned to listen to when he comments, as his advice comes from a depth of knowledge acquired during a 50-year career in typewriter repair.
McTaggart's Workshop. So far it has but one post, and that one is a doozy. His description of his approach to cleaning up a dirty typewriter is engaging and clearly written, not to mention a huge resource. As Scott Kernaghan commented, it included "a metric tonne of good advice".
I make use almost daily of the blog roll on one or another of the typosphere blogs, but had not come across McTaggart's Workshop until today. The most useful feature, and also the worst feature, of our blog rolls is that they order by posting date, and old stuff gets rolled to the bottom. Which is why I hadn't found McTaggart's Workshop, and so wanted to plug it here. The hope is that we can encourage John to come up with more posts.
John kindly sent me not only a core, but also an original ribbon wound around it, all wrapped in the original cellophane. But wait, there's more ... he also included two shiny Remmington spool covers.
Those shiny spool covers will greatly spiff up my Remmington, and I'd love to dig into its purple depths to add that spool core. But I am in a quandary. To use that spool would mean digging it out of that ribbon, which is likely dried up, destroying the packaging in the process. I'm thinking I like it better as it is, looking shiny new in its wrapper.
I could wait until the existing purple ribbon poops out, and decide then what to do.
Or I could simply add it as is to my growing collection of ribbon containers, some of which also contain original ribbons, as a reminder McTaggart's generosity and thoughtfulness.
As a sidenote, with universal ribbons like this, http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=281162119682 you can pop the core out and use it on Remingtons. If only I'd known that when I used to have a few...ReplyDelete
And a pretty darn good price, free shipping even.Delete
Further evidence to support my hypothesis that the Typosphere is the most helpful, kind, thoughtful and welcoming society in the world today.ReplyDelete
Nice gift. More evidence of the generosity of typoshperians. Reminds me of amateur radio.ReplyDelete
I learned when I got my Noiseless Model 7 I better save the cores. Since then I have collected a few for spares.
That's a very useful gift! Chances are that old ribbon is still fresh, seeing how nicely packed it was in air-tight cellophane. But I see your point: should you unpack a new, old-stock ribbon to use it in your machine, or should you keep it as is for its historical value? Tough choice.ReplyDelete
Maybe this could be another project for your weekend shop... I mean, forming a new set of replacement cores shouldn't be much more difficult than forming the drawstring hook of Ollie... These things are not subject to a lot of stress, so they could be formed out of rather soft metal looped around a wooden buck of the proper size and formed with some gently hammering...
Good man, John! I hope he will post some more.ReplyDelete
I agree, John's post was a treat and I hope more come. He was the voice of reason when I was all fingers and thumbs faced with a recalcitrant Olivetti.ReplyDelete
Confused as usual: after some anxious minutes this evening searching for a missing Rem "Quiet-riter", and then for a non-existent "Quiet de Luxe", I realized that I had been in error, and that the subject of this post is a Remington Travel-Riter. John Lavery's gift will fit it just the same.ReplyDelete