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Keys Work Intermittently on Smith-Corona Twelve?

Keys Work Intermittently on Smith-Corona Twelve - vintage typewriterI recently bought a Smith-Corona Twelve (picture attached) which, while the ribbon needs replaced, was otherwise working fine for the first few minutes. However, after pressing a few random buttons, suddenly the buttons became 'locked'; as in, they would not fully go down when pressed, and did not type.

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The 'tab' and 'power-space' keys worked normally, but no other keys did. After a few more minutes and reloading the page, it began to work again. However, after about a paragraph of typing I pressed return then tab and it suddenly stopped working again, just like before. I have reloaded paper, pressed tab and power-space, etc. just as before, to no avail. Help?

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April 21, 20190 found this helpful

Here is a link to the owners manual. sevenels.net/.../Smith-CoronaPortablesManual.pdf

Hopefully you can solve your problem.

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April 22, 20190 found this helpful

It probably needs a good cleaning and you may be able to do this job with a little help.

Join this forum and ask your question - they have lots of techs who like to help.

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You will need a clearer picture of your machine - one that shows the full front because "Twelve" is not al of the model number but you might find yours number (year) on this site:

typewriterdatabase.com/Smith+Corona.Classic+12.86.bmys

Here is the link to the forum:

www.reddit.com/.../

There are a lot of these machines listed for sale on eBay and Etsy.
It appears that Etsy people are asking a lot more money but are they selling? Listing prices are just that - listing prices and rarely have anything to do with true market value. Only sold listings can tell what someone is willing to pay for any item.

Here are the links for listings on eBay and Etsy (just for information):

www.etsy.com/.../smith_corona_galaxie

www.ebay.com/.../bn_7023333780

eBay is the only site that has a link to their recently sold items if you are curious:

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www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_nkw=smith+corona+super+12...

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