1 de septiembre de 2013

cut cut cut a typewriter afternoon

September 1st, still nice and warm outside, so I sat down and gave these nice sectional models a thorough cleaning: it is the type mechnisms for Hermes 8, Hermes 9, and what I believe to be Hermes 2000 / 3000 portable. I got splendid results, as you can see:












translation follows! --> what's the word for "Tiefgang der Taste"?
Rough translation: "The correct, harmonious balance between the amount you need to press the key, and the acceleration of the typebar in motion is important for the performance of both the writer and the machine. The key leverage of the HERMES 8 is 16 mm. The red dots mark the movement of the typebar for each mm the key is pressed. The acceleration is thus visible."


11 comentarios:

  1. I own an Hermes 9 and that's really interesting! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks! I now added a little movie.

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  2. Great little models. Thanks for the video.

    Tiefgang ... I understand exactly, but don't know the technical English equivalent. Basically: how far down the key goes.

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  3. Those are wonderful models. Thanks for posting and the movie.

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  4. Those are pretty cool! They would be great for schools.

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  5. Excellent post! Clever idea to add the video, too.

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  6. Very interesting about the acceleration of the movement of the typebar as the key is depressed. I had no idea that was going on. Sort of like gradually shifting from low to high gear. Thanks very much, especially for the video.

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  7. In the piano tuner's parlance, the amount the key goes down is "key dip" -- wonder if it's the same for types?

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    1. Thanks for this. Thank everybody for commenting.

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  8. Typewriter porn of the highest order. Who would have thought these things even existed if you hadn't brought them to light. Well done!

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    1. There is quite a few of these models around in German-speaking countries. They usually fetch good prices, especially machines cut in half. So a business idea would be to cut an old Adler typewriter in half and sell the halves off for a fortune - but pssst, don't tell the typosphere.

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