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Drago’s gettin’ New Rubber!

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Leoben the Cat inspects my latest thrift store find.

Leoben the Cat inspects my latest thrift store find.

a small travel clock-radio from the 1960's. Made in Japan by Sun-Mark.

a small travel clock-radio from the 1960’s. Made in Japan by Sun-Mark.

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curiously, the clock is entirely mechanical. Even has 2 winding keys - one for the clock, the other for the alarm. I'm not sure how, but the clock can either set off the mechanical alarm bell or the radio for the alarm. There has to be a switch of some sort that I can't see.

curiously, the clock is entirely mechanical. Even has 2 winding keys – one for the clock, the other for the alarm. I’m not sure how, but the clock can either set off the mechanical alarm bell or the radio for the alarm. There has to be a switch of some sort that I can’t see.

Updated: May 8, 2013 — 9:12 pm

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  1. All right! Definitely a great deal for Drago. I replaced the platen on my Underwood no. 5 recently (Mark Pellacoeur in France did the job), and it made a great difference. It isn’t so easy to remove an Underwood platen, is it?

    Your workspace looks scary-digital. Nice to see the American Telegraph Typewriter stationery in the SM7!

    1. Yes, Underwood 5 platen removal is not as easy as say a Royal KMM or an SCM Silent-Super for sure.

      Any particular reason you’re ordering platen recovering in France? Seems like the shipping could get be as much as the recovering cost.

      Also, yes. Thanks for the stationery template. I got a little photoshoppy on it – I should post an altered template soon.

  2. Nice looking Underwood. First one I’ve seen that was not black. I too need to get some platens off to JJ Short. I like your computer work area. How do you keep it so well organized and clean?

    1. Drago’s been repainted (badly) sometime in his distant past. The green is definitely not factory. I originally tried to remove it, but the labels underneath the paint aren’t all that great, and I’ve grown to view the paint job as “quirky” and “adds character”.

      I keep my work area clean by stuffing all loose papers stuffed under the monitors or stacked in haphazard piles on the shelves above the monitors, then I frame the photo so they don’t show. Instead you get a nice view of the rats-nest of power cabling – which inspired Rob’s post today :D

  3. I’m moved to comment by way of a blog post. The Underwood platen for an SCM? No brainer.

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