The Refurbished Typewriting Machine
To truly appreciate the satisfaction of employing a typewriter, you must be operating a well maintained machine. There is no comparison to be made between a typer that has been languishing in a basement for twenty years and a freshly lubricated, fully adjusted writing machine.
All of the typewriters available for sale at Blue Moon Camera and Machine have been professionally refurbished to their optimal mechanical functionality. When necessary, they are completely dunked, stripped, and reassembled. Keys and hammers are straightened and their alignments corrected. Platens are shaved, massaged, or replaced (with used, when possible, while our stocks last). All typewriters leave our care with fresh ribbons and three month warranties.
Perhaps you already own a typewriter and would like to see it serviced back to perfection.
Our typewriter service may also be applied to your existing machine. We'd like nothing better than to make sure that the experience of using your current favorite typewriter is the best it can be. Our typewriter mechanic can return most any machine to good working order.
Expert and meticulous mechanical service at a reasonable price, within a reasonable time.
Our general rate for the overhaul of manual, mechanical typewriters is $100.00. Due to a significant backlog, our turnaround time is at least three months, from the time a typewriter arrives at our door until it's ready to go back out into service.
This figure is a general estimate which proves accurate for the refurbishment of most machines. In the event of a higher estimate, or any other unusual circumstances, we will be happy to discuss the particular details. If the new estimate proves cost prohibitive, we will be happy to return the typewriter, un-repaired, with no charge for the estimate. This system works very well for the vast majority of our repairs, which arrive at, or below, estimate.
Calling us on the phone and sending us photos of your machine can help us provide you with an even more accurate quote before you visit us or ship in your machine.
It's not a restoration, folks. While we try our best to make the machines look good, our intention is to refurbish an appliance for use, not to create a pretty museum piece.
We're happily accepting machines from our national (and international) clientele. Please be advised that properly shipping these machines can be prohibitively expensive. We will happily give you advice on the best methods for packing and shipping, but the first rule is that it is not cheap. We ship many typewriters and speak from experience. For example, the traditional Underwood Number Five Desktop shipped from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR will easily cost $90-100 each way. Aside from moving to Portland, there's just no way around it, and your repair should be budgeted accordingly.
Always save your spools. More often than not, we can supply your machine with a factory-ready ribbon, but there are occasions when we need to wind a roll of inked ribbon onto your existing spools. Failing that, or on particularly old or historic machines, we can actually re-ink the existing ribbon. Although this is always our last resort, we take pride in being able to return almost any machine back to service.