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It's been raining sporadically the past few days. Very welcome, but interspersed with long periods of hot mugginess. No outdoor typing in that soup!

It’s been raining sporadically the past few days. Very welcome, but interspersed with long periods of hot mugginess. No outdoor typing in that soup!

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My stereo cabinet, currently the home of some typewriters. Hey! What typewriter problem?

Oh, and the other problem with that is I already have a console Hi-Fi Credenza. My stereo cabinet, currently the home of some typewriters. Hey! What typewriter problem?

the old stereo that was built into the cabinet was irrepairably trashed, but that was OK because I intended to replace it with modern components more suited to the way I tend to use a console stereo: turntable & slipmat, multi-channel fading mixer, Bearcat 210 scanner, laptop and other sound sources as I find them. An old tube Shortwave set would have been a great addition, but the cabinets don't match.

the old stereo that was built into the cabinet was irrepairably trashed, but that was OK because I intended to replace it with modern components more suited to the way I tend to use a console stereo: turntable & slipmat, multi-channel fading mixer, Bearcat 210 scanner, laptop and other sound sources as I find them. An old tube Shortwave set would have been a great addition, but the cabinets don’t match.

Typed on TwOlivetti Lettera 32/35

Typed on TwOlivetti Lettera 32/35

Updated: July 25, 2013 — 3:58 pm

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  1. Those are some objects that truly speak of their times.

  2. Did they still have the Leslie speaker cabinets? I thought those were an awfully strange pair for a thrift store? Maybe they’re hoping a Doors cover band will come in looking for gear…

    1. They *do* still have the pair of Wurlitzer Leslies, stacked in with the washing machines and such. I was going to comment on them, but neglected to get a photo. They’re there, and still have all the instruction labelling, and look quite intact and operable. The price card didn’t seem to have a price on it.

      1. A working pair of Leslies is worth a lot of money to anyone with a Hammond or such like to drive them.

  3. Nice thrift shop tour. It would be hard to resist the old Stereo. I never really liked having a turntable in the same box as the speakers, but if you’d see my component arrangement in my radio room I pretty much have the same thing. Turntable on the shelf above a speaker.

    Your stack of typewriters looks very much like my radio room until I moved the typewriters to another room.

    1. Yep, in my current console, I removed the speakers from the furniture and turned the speaker enclosures into cabinets with swinging doors where I mount the amplifiers and a media server. The speakers are all external to the cabinet.

  4. Is that the Letter 35 that you hated so much because it had lots of issues? Seems you got it to work fine.

    Interesting Grundig.

    1. Yep, I spent a year or more on and off dinking with this thing and it’s finally working well. In fact, now it works very well :D

      I may even like it enough now to finish the paint job on it.

  5. Ted, you have issues even contemplating the hair salon chairs but you know, the more I think about, the more even I like the idea of sitting in one and setting the fan to “Cool Breeze”.

    1. Actually, when Tori saw by blog post, she made me promise to go back and get them. I tried, but today they were gone. ):

  6. …PS, sorry. Could you disambiguate the phrase “like white on rice”? I get the gist and the meaning but would love to know the derivation.

  7. Hopefully this is the appropriate place to ask if munk would be willing to discuss,via my email, how I can release the carriage on my Underwood Olivetti Lettera 22?

    I truly apololgize if posting in the wrong area.

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