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  1. pretty nice artillery there.

  2. Very nice collection. I especially like the Quiet Deluxe.

  3. Very nice typewriter. The KMG looks amazing.

  4. Hello, Kennedy! That is one amazing typeface you have there, such a contrast to the elite tombstone-keyed Royals. (Both of which are magnificent, by the way, I would love to try the QDL! Will Mesa Typewriter fix the backspace on the KMG for you, since that is where you purchased it?

    1. I expect he prolly would, but the idea with a project machine like this is I fix it myself (:
      As for the QDL, if we can get that smashed carriage working again (yes, it has the same problem as your Voss, I believe), then I think there might be someone in Switzerland who has been wanting a nice glass-key Royal who might wish to adopt one. We’ll see if the combined might of Bill and I can get that QDL back in good working order.. (:

  5. Great machines. I have a 15″ carriage one and a standard 12″ with italics. Built much like a tank. Best $5 bucks you will ever spend.

  6. Hi! I got a Royal KMG for my birthday, however, I know next to nothing about typewriters! My Royal has a few kinks here and there and it took me forever just to find out which type it was in the first place, and I was just wondering if you could give me some tips/ pointers for cleaning it up and sprucing it up to the best of my ability? Thanks! :) (It’s obviously my first typewriter and I cherish it)

    1. Congrats! If your KMG is really filthy, you can use the hose on it, or even better, prepare a bucket of lightly soapy water and dunk it, sloshing it around a bit to get the dirt out. Avoid soaking the keys, as they are just paper inserts under the glass! Immediatly dry it out – I use a blow dryer, and then lightly oil the moving parts with machine-grade oil (like sewing machine oil or gun oil).

      If it’s not really filthy, an easier method is to use a spray clean/lube like PBlaster or LPS-1 (get ’em at the hardware store – LPS-1 is expensive, but smells a lot better than PBlaster) DO NOT USE WD-40! (it’ll work for awhile, then gum up even worse than before – WD-40 has weird additives that are bad.

      Once it’s good and clean, most of the quirks should go away. The KMG is a true workhorse, and it takes a lot of damage to make it actually stop working. Good luck!

I've decided to set up some ground rules for comments, because some people just don't get common courtesy. Here's a reminder:

  1. This is a personal blog, not a free price estimating service. If your comment in any way asks me to slap a value on something so you can sell it on Ebay, well, it will be ruthlessly ignored and deleted from now on.
  2. I don't diagnose problems on things I can't see and touch and take apart. Since I can't see or touch or take apart your thing via a blog comment, I simply ignore requests to diagnose problems with your things.
  3. STAY ON TARGET! I know you're very excited to have found someone who knows something about your doo-dad, but if you post your question on one of my posts that has nothing at all to do with the subject you want to discuss, it will make The Jesus irritated, and *nobody* f*cks with The Jesus.
  4. Be Nice.
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