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  1. That’s fantastic. Now it prints straight! Good lesson for all. However, I am quite baffled by the demanding and apparently primitive touch action of this machine. Very strange since it would have been used rather intensively in its original office/shop.

    1. I suppose you’d get used to it. Drives like a dog tag stamper – lots of meaty ka-chunkachunk happening when you type. Surprisingly good at typing on thick, glossy postcards. (:

  2. Great repair! And the backstory ain’t too shabby either!

    I was a thinking about you doing a mashup or contest betwixt Varityper shuttles and the new Selectric Rescue type ball elements. Now that Selectric I & II machines will be used more often with these nifty new typefaces, the hot money will be on the chosen few who have working Hammond or Varitypers!

  3. Nice work on the Varityper. I have a Hammond and it is clunky in a way to type with. I’ve developed a special Hammond touch so it has become a nice machine to use. It does take much more touch pressure than my other typewriters though. Rhythm is quite important though or you’ll be 2 finger typing.

  4. Hey, that’s working pretty darn well now! I can’t say I love the touch of a Hammond or Varityper myself, but they weren’t meant for writing pleasure; the Varityper especially was all about producing neat copy.

    1. Heh, yeah – it’s very unique and a challenging project. Mechanically, just a completely different way of thinking about putting print on paper. Some quite good ideas there, some – surprising they lasted more than half a century. :D

      The past couple of months have been a paradise of new typefaces, for sure!

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