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Before computers became affordable, homes and offices owned typewriters. These machines transferred characters from ink ribbons or carbon paper to white paper. Using a standard keyboard, typographers learn finger placement and typing skills allowing them to type without having to look at their hands. Changing ink ribbons or working with carbon paper could be messy, but the unmistakable clacking of the keys is a sound expert typists enjoy. You can still find manufacturer's old models in antique stores. Many, however, need some work and replacement parts to be restored.

Fixing these manual or mechanical machines requires some skill. Most experts started repairing the machines as a hobby and turned it into a career. Some do take technical or vocational courses in small appliance repair, but it isn't always necessary. Most who do specialize in repairs of electric typewriters, must understand the electrical components from the different manufacturers. Some work with specific company models, like ones that use metal balls covered in letters and numbers instead of individual typebars.

Classic typing machines are still found in retail thrift stores, flea markets and auction sites. Look for items that have original supplies like covers and company manuals. Collectors look for old antiques to add to their collections. Hobbyists look for machines to refurbish or restore. Some people simply prefer the feel of clicking keys, compared to quiet computers. If you fall into one of these categories, you're likely to need factory parts or repair services. Local experts offer refurbished models, factory replacement parts and important items like ribbon ink.

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1415 Geranium St NW, Washington, DC 20012
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If you cannot find what type of typewriter you're looking for with local manufacturers, the internet can still be a good place to look. You may find a factory that sells refurbished models that are less expensive than other versions. If you are collecting the machines in your home or office, finding antique models can increase the value of your collection. Mechanical and electromechanical will come in different prices and have various restoration needs. Ribbons, keys, or the whole keyboard may need to be fixed for it to look how you want it. There are many different designs that the typing machines have held throughout the years. A factory can help give you information on where you might be able to find a certain kind or what manufacturer will sell the kind you're looking for. Typographers will have a wide selection of typewriters they have enjoyed collecting for many years. If you want to find a company that will provide restoration practices on a machine or if you want to find a company that will sell refurbished typewriters, ask around and see if you can find friends or family that know of anyone that also collects old machines. Typing machines will range in price depending on how popular they are among those that have been collecting the machines. Call a company in advance and ask how much they're asking for to see if it fits your budget. If not, continue to look online, in phone books, or by asking around to see what you can find.



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