Teletype 43

Pete Lancashire pete at
Mon May 22 13:04:11 CDT 2017

If someone in the Pacific NW would like to have one, I'm in Portland and go
to Seattle from time to time.

Would like to at least see of it can find a home

The tractor feed belts have gone to plasticizer heaven

On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 10:44 AM, Jim Brain via cctalk <
cctalk at> wrote:

> OK, go ahead and roll your eyes at me, but I was Dayton Hamvention last
> weekend, and there was a lonely Teletype Model 43 sitting in the flea
> market (on the ground, no less) for free, and so I decided I needed it in
> my life.
> I know it's not considered a "true" teletype, because it's essentially a
> little uC, a KB, and a little dot matrix printer, but I will wear the
> stigma of shame of not owning a "proper" mechanical model 33.  I got home
> last night, and the unit fires up and works (well, in local mode.  Docs
> claim it is rs232 out the back, but could not coax anything from my PC to
> it yet), though the ribbon has seen better days.  I used a bit of WD-40 to
> free up the ink, and so things are legible now.
> Not sure I need help yet (did not do much debugging yet on rs232), but I
> see the ribbons are no longer available. Thus, I am wondering if anyone has
> a spare one for it, or knows of someone who can restore this ribbon (looks
> like it needs a new polyester ribbon and the internal foam roller looks
> like it will fall apart if I try to rinse it out and re-ink it)
> I know it's a long shot to ask, but I figure there was no harm in
> inquiring, and I believe making a home for a model 43 is not entirely
> without value. :-)
> Jim
> --
> Jim Brain
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