Teletype Model 43 ribbons (and old ribbons in general...)
lbickley at bickleywest.com
Tue Oct 21 11:00:06 CDT 2008
On Monday 20 October 2008, Josh Dersch wrote:
> Hey --
> Stumbled across an old Teletype ksr-43 this weekend and couldn't
> pass it up. Seems to be working but the ribbon's (obviously) dried
> up. Was considering re-inking it but it's so worn through in
> places it's about to fall apart.
> Can't find anyplace on the 'net that still stocks them (lots of
> them /list/ it, though, which is annoying). Anyone have any leads?
I had the same problem. I kept hitting dead ends, as you, with all the
places that list that they have them - and don't.
I started calling back those same places - and leaving my name -
asking that if they ever found any, to please let me know. Several
weeks later, one of them actually called me back - they had found a
box of six ribbons. I grabbed them, of course - and asked if they
ever found more to let me know. They never called back again - and
that was over nine months ago.
The problem seems to be related to the unavailability of the unusual
Teletype 43 cartridge.
BTW: While I was waiting to get ribbons, I re-inked the one ribbon I
had (there's a "reservoir" in the cartridge) and that worked - but
not as good as new.
So my suggestion is to just keep trying to find someone who has
them "stashed" in a back room someplace. It sure doesn't look good
for any new ribbons in the future...
> And while I'm on the subject -- anyone have any good leads for old
> typewriter ribbons? I have an old L.C. Smith Bros typewriter
> that's in need of one...
I use Los Altos Typewriter, 300 State St, Los Altos, CA 94022, Phone:
(650) 948-0714. If you're in the SF Bay Area, Weirdstuff Warehouse
has lots of them.
Bickley Consulting West Inc.
Mountain View, CA 94040
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