Any hope for CBM VIC-1525 Printers & ribbons?

drlegendre . drlegendre at
Sat Jan 30 20:30:43 CST 2016

Oops, I forgot to mention.. it needs to be unexpectedly, to the point of
absurdly cheap! ;-)

Really though, these printers are mostly of "historic" interest, and not
much more - the mechanism is slow and noisy, with print quality somewhere
between 'poor' and 'acceptable'. I suspect that most owners, like myself,
only wish to run off a few listings to verify operation, produce a few demo
print-outs, (PrintShop maybe?) etc.

I'm mostly looking for a cheap & cheery way to re-ink or otherwise
rejuvenate the ribbon for a couple more goes, so it can be demonstrated,
etc. As of this writing, the whole black analine + ethanol + glycerin
recipe is starting to look good.. so long as the inking roller in the
cartridge will hold-up!

On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 7:46 PM, Curious Marc <curiousmarc3 at>

> I have used recently to remake a lot of my HP2631
> very odd ribbons. Wasn't cheap but sure worked perfectly.
> lanie at
> Marc
> Sent from my iPad
> > On Jan 30, 2016, at 5:24 PM, drlegendre . <drlegendre at> wrote:
> >
> > Has anyone found a source for replacement ribbons, or even re-inking
> > supplies, for the Commodore VIC-1525 printer?
> >
> > This printer was manufactured in Japan by Seikosha for CBM, and was also
> > sold in the USA by Radio Shack, re-badged under the Tandy / TRS-80 brand.
> >
> > For reference - The VIC-1525 employs an odd two-cassette ribbon system,
> > that uses a continuous-loop ribbon only about 24" in total length. One
> > cassette contains a spring tensioner mechanism, with the second cassette
> > holding the inking roller and (friction?) gear.
> >
> > The ribbon loop is strung side-to-side between the two cartridges, with
> the
> > front strand passing in front of the print head, and the rear strand
> > passing through the ribbon advance clutch.
> >
> > Google turns up nothing, except for some homebrew recipes for making new
> > ink.. and one site offering exorbitantly priced NOS ribbons that are just
> > as likely dried up.
> >
> > Thanks for any & all input..

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