The Davis Brothers' site on typewriter collecting, history, technology, use and repair
.Davis Typewriter Works
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Interchangeable type, and more on Visigraph
We've created and uploaded TWO new videos which will appeal, we think, to many people interested in typewriters -- new or old, standard or portable.
The first is "Visigraph in Detail 3." This is a continuation of the Visigraph series, showing not only this machine but introducing viewers to construction details and concepts of typewriters in general. It's our deliberate style in these videos to slow down and show detailed concepts in a simple manner. Of course, the end in view is that people so inclined will end up viewing these machines as exactly what they are -- machines -- first, and 'collectibles' second. You can see me in the above photo having just reinserted the type bar assembly (which I discuss in the video) but before taking apart the carriage some more (which is also discussed in the video.)
The second takes off on a theme we started as 'bonus footage' in another video by showing the Brother Dial-A-Type, and is called "Brother and Smith-Corona Interchangeable Type." We show the other style of Brother machine that can be found with an interchangeable feature, and then take a quick but thorough look at some Smith-Corona machines of many varied sizes and ages that include interchangeable type. There's even a surprise machine at the end.
Video links (will open in new tab / window):
Visigraph in Detail - 3
Brother, Smith-Corona Interchangeable Type
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
Great Man-Cave, and impressive collection of Changeable Type machines! Love the video presentations (:ReplyDelete
We're very glad you like them. We are greatly enjoying doing these and appreciate the feedback our readers are giving us!Delete
Great collection of interchageable type. I did not know Brother made a machine with changeable type until I saw one of your videos. I have slowly been collection Smith-Corona Changeable Type.ReplyDelete
Very good videos,
Thanks so much for taking the time to watch; we're very pleased you like the videos.Delete
Damn you.... DAMN YOU! Now I have added an interchangable machine, and gender keys - to my 'must find' list.ReplyDelete
Great video by the way. (grizzle... grizzle... must find... grizzle grizze).
Ah, I see we've lit that spirit of the true collector and researcher! Thanks for watching the videos - we're glad you like them.Delete
Outstanding videos, guys! Eye opening. I'll bring my Visigraph to Herman's.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Richard! We'd toyed with the video idea off and on for a while, but really couldn't figure out what we should do to add to the material available everywhere in a meaningful way. We think our synthesis of everyday style, some technicality, the "not too fast" or relaxed pace commensurate with enjoying a hobby, and the display of many varied kinds and ages of machines is the combo that will work for videos we make.Delete
By the way, I was unaware of the removable typebar unit in the Visigraph (but won't be removing it, 'cause that looks pretty tough). I did discover the easily removable carriage, and agree that that is an excellent design. My machine feels like a fast typer, but I think it isn't adjusted right -- the escapement trips when the typebars are just a couple of inches up.Delete
It's not the easiest thing to get out, for sure, but it's a pretty good piece of equipment. Having said that, the actual bearings that it carries are totally unimpressive, but that seems to be the nature of this machine -- good mixed right in with bad, everywhere. Looking forward to seeing you very soon!Delete