Procrastinating my writing by way of typecasting...
Is the onion skin hard to find and/or expensive? Clemens and I have been writing for a time and he always uses it. It is pretty interesting stuff.
Locally, probably hard to find. I've gotten mine at The Paper Mill Store's website http://u.nu/2hfic Its $25 for a ream (500 sheets). So, its not crazy expensive but not super cheap. I bought a ream of resume paper a while back and it cost about the same.
I just got a Selectric and was experiencing a similar inconsistent type contact problem. I changed the old ribbon that it came with out with a new one and it resolved my problem. Aside from that maybe try adjusting the distance of the type ball with the red knob. In the interest of not wasting, you can always un-ravel the used stuff, cut it off, and re-tape it to the beginning of the spool.
Thanks for the tips!Yeah, I'm 99% sure its just an old ribbon. I've got three new ones, but I'm cheap, so I don't want to throw out what is likely 20-30 pages worth of ribbon. On this machine, that could be months of usage.
Richard Polt showed us how he's been winding IBM-style carbon ribbons onto regular spools to use on other, manual machines. Why didn't I think of that?Gotta try that.
Duffy Moon, I had just read something about that recently. That is a fantastic idea.