Saturday, April 6, 2013

Smith-Corona "The Ghost" Typewriter



"The Ghost" typewriter (a.k.a. refurbished and chromed Smith-Corona)has arrived. Before you feel WOW about this note that, despite the very high price tag, it present the symptoms of the "skipping spaces randomly" syndrome. But in terms of look it is as nice as pictured in the various online photos and I am even hopeful to be able to contact somewhen next week one of the only typewriters repairs in Zürich that might fix the space skipping issue.  In terms of writing comfort I did hear a lot about this Smith-Corona model and, not because of the space skipping, I have to rate this as pretty much average. Just in memory of previous ill judgments on the olivetti valentine I did try it again side by side and I have to say that the Valentine is way better. It might be because both the two Valentine I have are in very good conditions (the one I use in my office was totally new and unboxed for the first time). In terms of precious typewriters the  Gold Plated Royal Quiet De Luxe is also way better. 

Sorry for sounding a bit negative / too frank on this ! Perhaps the look compensate some of these deficiencies !

With hindsight perhaps typewriters in their original state are not better either...or simply better ?! 

What do you think? Feel free to let me know though the comments ! 




















25 comments:

  1. That's an amazing machine! I've lusted after it myself in the past and am glad that it is in the hands of a fellow typospherian -- but sorry to hear about the skipping. That can be fixed, I'm sure. A parts machine would be easy to find, after all. Good luck.

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  2. thank you for the kind words of comfort Richard :) I think it looks good especially for an office use as an eye catcher of some sort or well...just different I'd say !

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  3. What a stunning typewriter! I would hope that before making expensive upgrades like chroming, the seller would check to see that the typewriter was in absolutely flawless condition. After all, for what you paid for it you shouldn't have to worry about further repairs. And there are certainly enough Smith Coronas of this era in the U.S. that he would have his pick of perfectly-functioning ones.

    If, as Richard suggests, a parts machine is needed to fix this, then that is a bit of a rip-off, imho. After all, these SCs are not quite as common in CH as they are in the US, and importing another one just to fix this one (and paying for the labor of a skilled mechanic) will add lots more to the high price you've already paid. Sigh. Well, at least it's great eye candy :)

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    1. Hello Adwoa,
      I totally agree with you. This did not end up as a good deal. Repairs in Zürich are scarce (only one or two) and they seem very unwilling to repair U.S. typewriters. Moreover, as you well know, Switzerland has some astronomical prices on any repair. As I did for another defect typewriter that I received from the U.S. I will ask for a refund or some sort of compensation as price paid was simply too high to tolerate these defects. Hopefully, in case that they do not want to partially refund or replace, my CC protection will suffice.

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    2. dường như có linh tính, từ phía sau hắn nhanh chóng bay ngược lại, trong nháy mắt trở lại động phủ số bảy trăm bốn mươi ba kia đâm vào bên cạnh hắn tử kia.

      Trong nháy mắt phi kiếm liền hóa thành nhiều mảnh, rơi trên bốn phía xung quanh thân thể đại hán, nhất thời hình thành một đạo cấm chế bao quanh hắn.

      Vương Lâm nhấn một cái vào bức tường phía cuối thông đạo, nhất thời bức tường liền nhúc nhích một cách quỷ dị. Rất nhanh sau đó, hắn liền biến mất phía sau thông đạo.
      dong tam mu lậu cho thuê nhà trọ cho thuê nhà trọ nhạc sàn cực mạnh tư vấn pháp luật qua điện thoại công ty luật số điện thoại tư vấn pháp luật dịch vụ thành lập công ty
      Giờ dù đứng trong động phủ số bảy trăm bốn mươi ba kia cũng không thể phát hiện ra dấu vết gì.

      Tay phải Vương Lâm bắt quyết, xuất ra một đạo cấm chế, rơi lên trên mạch linh thạch. Nương theo cấm chế, thân thể hắn trầm xuống, biến mất trong mạch linh thạch. Khi hắn xuất hiện đã ở sâu trông mạch linh thạch.

      Lúc này vị trí của hắn là ở bên dưới ngọn núi. Xung quanh hắn là dày đặc các mạch linh thạch. Linh lực mênh mông điên cuồng hiện lên.

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  4. Very shiny! I recognize a Kasbah Mod from the way the "Smith-Corona" badge is chromed over. They'd look so much better if he took the time to remove them before slapping a coat of whatever on it. I do think the recovered platen is an interesting effect, is that a metallic silver rubber?

    In any case, I'm sad that your Super-5 example compares badly against even a Valentine. It should normally be more comparable to your Gold Royal QDL. May your repair guy have success in fixing the skipping and maybe easing up the action. (:

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    1. Hello Ted,
      yes it seems to be a silvery rubber. It looks good but is not perfect either as it is not cut evenly (if you roll you can see that it is not uniformly cut at the end) which I don't know if is the result of being hard to make a platen that is 100% linear or not.

      May be I was much luckier with Valentines but again these were shipped from close so this might be the reason.

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    2. I've had 3 platens recovered, 2 from Ames and one from JJ Short, and they were all cut evenly at the ends. If Kasbah is using colored rubber, he's probably sourcing the recovering with JJ Short, since they are probably the only recovering service that is capable of offering colored rubber. If that's the case, it may have been an early platen, recovered when JJ Short was still getting the hang of platen recovering.

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  5. It's funny that you mention chrome, because I have been thinking about chrome a lot recently. I think that I have one or two typewriters that would look awesome in chrome. I might just call the plating place to find out more. Sorry about the skipping. I agree with you; Kasbah Mod should have made sure that it was in top-notch before heading out your way.

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    1. Hello Ryan,
      yes I think some typewriters might indeed look very good in chrome ! Now in fairness I did not buy it directly from Kasbah Mod but from the nytimes store online so I don't know where the problem is/was. The shipment was prompt and all seemed to be okay. Not sure if the skipping really occurred in transit or it was like that before. I wonder if buyers of these fancy and expensive typewriters really plan to use them !

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  6. Oooooohhhhhhhhh....
    Just a tip from one Chrome owner to another, keep a microfiber cloth in the case. The chrome finish is a serious ass when it comes to finger-prints.

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    1. yes thanks for the tip Scott ! Which one do you have ? The finger prints are part of the deal but wasn't really worried about that. MIcrofiber cloth is indeed required to keep it shiny !

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  7. I would never expect that SC model as a candidate for chroming. I think it's attractive, more than the original, actually. Hope the skipping issue gets solved.

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