It’s been awhile since I checked my Spam folder in WordPress, so I was surprised to see 3 comments on my article on Ames going out of business that had ended up in my spam list, but were legit replies (probably because they were new posters who put links in the post).
“Peter Short says:
We have been contacted by some people since Ames’ shutterred and we are more than willing to take on the prospect of recoating platen rollers. Our comapny is a small family business in business since 1977. We specialize in customer rubber products many of which are the stripping and recoating of various types of rubber rollers. We were never able to compete with Ames’ pricing which seemed unbelievably low but not knowing their volume it was difficult to say. In the past we had only been approached about one and two platens at a time which with setups can get expensive–I can see geting to the $ 95 noted above. However, this sort of market seems to fit our niche and we are more then willing to work with folks needing service to balance getting a good quality product here in America at a price the works for both parties. Visit our website at http://www.jjshort.com and send us what your needs are and we will do our best to help!”
The long and short (ha, made a pun!) of it is that as soon as Ames closed up, J.J. Short company seems to be very interested in picking up the slack. They state that $95 is about right for one-off platen recovering but they imply that if the business gets more volume, they could most likely see doing it cheaper.
I’ll be forwarding this info to Bill Wahl and Tom up at Cambridge Typewriter, and perhaps as volume consumers they can get a better price locked down. I know that I’ll be needing the platen on my ’29 Corona 4 recovered soon, so maybe I’ll get a chance to see the quality of JJ Short’s services shortly.
Of all the roller refurbishing companies I’ve tried to contact, JJ Short is the one that actually mentions typewriter platens and feed rollers on their site. Prospects are good. (: