Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Halda Hobbles But the Lexikon 90 Keeps Going

Most of you know I bought this Halda after losing out on the chance to get one for dirt cheap. Little did I realize that this was a very particular portable.

Aside from their rarity, Halda Portables are notorious for their use of proprietary ribbon spools, which are just as difficult to find as the machine itself. That slot you see by the spool post? There's a piece of metal underneath the spool that's supposed to slide down and trip the reverse and the advance mechanism, which my finger is pointing to.

I thought it'd be easy to cut a paperclip to the right height and ghetto-rig the spools that way until I found the real deal. Unfortunately, it didn't work. The paperclips kept getting jammed and twisted (good thing I had a magnetic screwdriver near by), and the tape wouldn't hold up under the strain. 

So we're back to square one. Part of me wonders if this is why Hemingway preferred the QDL. 

Aside from the spool problem, I think the escapement needs a good cleaning, and something tells me the ribbon advance doesn't work properly anyway. Each time I tried to get the right spool to start winding, it would reverse after two spaces and resume winding on the left side. I've had this problem with my Lettera 32 and Woodstock 5. 

Next, I'm going to try trimming some plastic Royal standard spools down to the right diameter and see if the metal tabs on those will work...or buy some from a generous and kind collector somewhere out there.

Meanwhile, my Lexikon 90 keeps on trucking with some new typefaces. 

PS Kent and Tempo look SO much alike it's hard to see the difference.
They put serious money towards making these elements!

Too bad I don't write stuff using footnotes anymore.

....and that's really all I've done worth mentioning today.


  1. Nice! here'd you get the element balls? Ohio?

  2. Those are neat elements. I am enjoying electric typewriters more and more these days ...

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