Monday, August 23, 2010

Olivetti Lexikon 80

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  1. I've always admired the look of these without ever actually acquiring one. It's much more fluid than the Diaspron 82 I restored a couple of years ago.

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  2. In my opinion, once you get hold of this machine (and the Lettera 22) you really appreciate the subtlety and beauty of Marcello Nizzoli's design. He also designed the Diaspron, which in my opinion is a weird failure -- the Edsel of typewriters!

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  3. That picture...that picture is something.

    I may swoon.

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  4. Richard, is that 'museum' of typewriters in your office at Xavier? Holy moly I need to take a trip by there.

    By the way, nice desk lamp, where did you get that?

    Mike

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  5. Thanks, Mike. Yes, it's my Xavier office, and you are welcome to come by! When I hosted the "Midwest Typefest 2010" this June, part of it was a visit to my little museum. I hope to repeat something like that next summer.

    I don't recall where I got the lamp. These Deco gooseneck lamps are not hard to find in antique malls.

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  6. The machines... the Kierkegaard... the ultimate office?

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  7. Hi everyone,

    I have had a lexicon 80 in my possession for a while now and am looking to sell it. Does anyone have any advice on how to get it accurately valued and where to sell it. I initially thought ebay but wanted to offer it to the typewriter collecting community or Marcello Nizzoli fans first.

    any advice would be much appreciated

    p.s. I am UK based

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  8. James, I don't think foreign buyers will be willing to pay the very expensive shipping from the UK, and in the UK these typewriters are not as unusual as in the US. So I would not expect to get a lot of money. Try putting it on ebay.co.uk and simply see what happens.

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  9. he i also have the Same Machine may some body tell me that how can i get good price of it.

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  10. HI, i also have a lexicon 80 i would like to sell..

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    1. My advice to all typewriter sellers is to put the machine on a local classified site (such as Craigslist) or, if you're willing to pack and ship carefully, put it on eBay.

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  11. Hi Richard,

    I have found a Lexicon 80 in the corner of an old office, it was covered in grime, dust,nicotine and tar...

    Brought it to the one shop in Vienna where you should go to get the beauties back into almost mint condition... it will cost as much as a week holiday at the sea side, but the joy writing with it should last way longer... :)

    Can't wait to get my hands on the Lexicon 80....

    Do you have any ideas where to get copies (pdf, xeroxes, real copies, almost any format will do the trick) for the Lexicon 80?

    Thanks in advance
    Rob from Vienna

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    1. Hi Rob,

      Congratulations, I think you'll enjoy this fine typewriter.

      I don't know a source for an instruction manual. But you can discover a lot simply by playing with all the controls, as long as you don't force anything. Don't neglect the tension adjuster, located under the ribbon cover on the right. The shop that restored your typewriter should also be able to provide you with advice.

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  12. I bought an old house a few years back. Found an Olivetti Lexikon 80 in mint condition in the barn. Where can I find the serial number on my new found typewriter?

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    1. If you pull off the ribbon cover you should find the serial number stamped near the right ribbon. Congratulations on your find.

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  13. Thank you :) The serial number is 2495887, but I can't find it on this list. Any ideas what that's about?

    http://typewriterdatabase.com/olivetti.56.typewriter-serial-number-database

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    1. It's possible that it was made in 1952, the last year listed, or that (as I suspect) production of this model continued for a few years afterwards and we just don't have data.

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    2. Aah, so -53 or -54 is the likeliest year? What about the platen - it's much wider on the one I found than on the picture. Is that a detail that changed at some point or did they make two sizes all along?

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    3. I suspect that several carriage lengths were always available.

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  14. Hello: I have an old lexicon 80 and I want to disassemble the cabinet and the carriage to clean and lubricate it.

    Do you know if there is a manual with the proper instructions? Do you know how to do it? I remember that it was a very simple operation but know, I've forget it.

    Thank you for advance.

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    1. I do not have a user's manual, but yes, it's easy. To remove the carriage just remove two screws from the black plate underneath the carriage. (The regular screws, not the strange looking ones.) Then I think the shell can be removed easily from the body of the machine. When you take off the ribbon cover you will see two screws that need to be removed, and that may be all.

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    2. Thank you so much. I did remove the cabinet and the carriage 30 years ago but I forgot it.

      I've seen the Browker's weblink and it's very easy. Thank you again.

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