I already wrote this in my Christmas blog post, but I want to put it here again to complete the story.
“One of the members of my hackerspace was walking in a thrift store and spotted a little typewriter in it’s case. He opened it and pressed the keys, they weren’t stuck. He moved the carriage, which slided perfectly both ways. He looked at the price tag of 5 Euro’s and probably thought that is was okay to take the risk that I wouldn’t like it.
When he was walking towards me with the case I thought for a small moment that it would be a Rooy or maybe a Kolibri. But it was a bit too thick to actually be any of those typewriters. The case however does have the same vibe. When I opened it, I was very surprised to find a Halberg junior! Even more when I saw the price tag! I couldn’t help laughing about the poor people who sold this machine so cheap. If only they had known something like a search engine existed… This would probably be a very different story.”
Today I’m home again, so I can finally start to play with the Halberg. These are some before pictures. As you can see it’s rather clean for something that was found in a barn thrift store. The keys are also very clean. Maybe it just wasn’t used that much?
Now, since two great reporters already wrote about the Halberg and history of Halberg Machinefabriek, I am not going to copy their words. You can read the stories yourself at:
* Machines of Loving Grace
* Sommersegger’s collection database
This English ad (linked by Sommersegger) tells you everything you want to know. It has a lot of options and thanks to it’s metal body and case it’s very sturdy too. But, it’s not heavy!
After the cleaning, which took me about an hour, I learned a few things: the platen doesn’t roll when you spin either one of the knobs but it does when you use the lever, the four spots on the cover aren’t dirt but missing paint, the ribbon vibrator is a bit wobbly there’s also some green “stuff” on it and I can’t find the serial number anywhere. I’m thinking that the serial number might be stamped underneath, but to check this I would have to remove the bottom plate. I’m not sure I want to do this yet. The not moving of the platen is a bit of a problem though. I don’t know how to fix this. I already checked if there might be a tiny screw missing, but I cannot find the empty spot. The wobbly ribbon vibrator also is a problem. It shifts to the left when you type and gets stuck. Just like the platen, I don’t know how to fix this (yet?).