To begin with, the Lettera 33 smells like Stinky. But that, I expected. Also, it was packed with *nothing* around it...a few folded pieces of brown paper that did nothing except maybe keep the shipping box protected from the dirty case. And, though it may or may not have happened in shipping, it has several issues...and none of them things I feel hopeful I can fix on my own. The biggest one is that the carriage feels sort of wobbly, and the draw band is off, and although the whatchamacallit the draw band winds around still feels like the spring inside is working, it doesn't feel...right.
I should know better than to go near eBay.
On the bright side...um...the bright side? It came with a little Lettera 33 manual. Yay.
I guess there's always Blue Moon. Maybe this will have a happy ending after all. In the meantime, I guess I can concentrate on cleaning the case. I don't have the heart to work on the busted typewriter.
UPDATE (and this is precisely why I shouldn't work on my own typewriters): I fixed the draw band...sort of...for awhile...before everything went terribly south. The first time, the tension wasn't high enough, I don't think, because it would go about halfway across and then sort of lose steam. So I went to try again, and it was closer, but still too loose. So I tried another time. And *this* time, the screw I was using as a weight in order to lower the cord through the typewriter and attach it at the bottom of the carriage on the other side got stuck in the mechanism. And I can't get it out. At all. No amount of jiggling and tapping and yelling at it makes any difference. Neither did cutting the cord to it so the screw is in there all alone. The carriage is jammed to one side with that screw in there, and so far as I can see the carriage will need to come off to remove it, and there's no easy way to remove the carriage when you can't *move* the carriage. So not only do I still have to take it down to Blue Moon, but now I can't even take it in the case, and I have to admit what an idiot I am. I spent the better part of the evening trying to get the darned thing out, so I'm tired and cranky and I smell like mildew and I want to cry and maybe punch something.
So there's that.
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: I got the carriage centered again. And I sort of rigged up a temporary draw band to let me play with it. The draw band doesn't work quite as it should...I probably still have the tension wrong, or it's too short. And the margins aren't working...maybe they weren't working to begin with, or maybe I busted 'em. In any case, I'm not attempting any further fixes on my own. On the bright side, from what little typing I can do...this is one comfortable, snappy little typer. Maybe all will come out right in the end...?