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OMPATIBILITY
The USB Typewriter D.I.Y. Kit is designed to work with most manual typewriters, especially portables. The only requirement is that the typewriter must have an easily accessible crossbar that the keys strike each time they are depressed. The crossbar is a common feature on most typewriters -- it is the way the typewriter knows to advance the ribbon, advance the carriage, and do all the things that need to happen every time a key is pressed. The sensor circuitry of the USB Typewriter is to be mounted on this crossbar, so it is necessary that your typewriter have one. Click here for an example of what the crossbar looks like (on a Smith Corona Sterling).

The following is a list of typewriters which are and are not compatible with the D.I.Y. Kit. If you don't see your favorite model of typewriter on this list, don't fret -- the typewriters shown here are for illustration purposes only, and don't represent a comprehensive list of compatible typewriters. If you are unsure, just ask me.

   
 

 


 
 

 

UNDERWOOD PORTABLES:
Almost all Underwood Typewriters can be converted. The only exception is the Underwood "Noiseless", which is distinguished by the rounded bezel on its front and the doorknob-shaped chrome caps on its ribbon covers. (The Underwood Noiseless looks very different from other Underwoods, because it was actually designed by Remington.)

 

 


 


Underwood Portable - YES


Underwood "4-Bank" - YES


Underwood Ace/Universal - YES

Underwood 3-Bank - YES


Olivetti-Underwood - YES


Underwood "Noiseless" - NO

 
 

 


 
 

 

UNDERWOOD DESKTOPS:
All Underwood desktop typewriters can be converted. However, the very popular Underwood 5 lacks an easy-to-find crossbar, so if you have an Underwood 5, email me first.

 


Underwood #5 - EMAIL ME


Underwood Desktop - YES

 
 

 


 
 

 

ROYAL PORTABLES:
All Royal Portables can be converted. However, their crossbar is in a different place than on most typewriters. It is in the very back of the machine, and you will need to cut a non-essential structural piece of the typewriter in half in order to access it. Email me if you have any problems modifying your Royal portable.

 


Royal Standard Portable - YES


Royal Quiet Deluxe - YES


Royal Arrow / Quiet Deluxe - YES


Royal Quiet Deluxe - YES


Royal Safari - YES


Royal Fleetwood - YES

 
 

 


 
 

 

ROYAL DESKTOPS:
The very popular Royal #10 can be converted, but unfortunately many of the other Royal desktop models cannot.

NOTE: The Royal #10 is unique because it has a locking bar in the front of the machine that blocks the keys from depressing during transport. This locking bar, when removed and re-installed upside down, no longer blocks the keys when they are depressed but rather rotates downwards in response to them. In other words, the locking bar can be appropriated to act as a crossbar suitable for mounting the D.I.Y Kit electronics.

 


Royal #10 - YES



Royal #5 - NO

 

 
 

 


 
 

 

SMITH-CORONA PORTABLES:
All "Smith-Corona" portables can be converted, and almost all "Corona" portables can, too. The only exceptions are all of the Corona 3s and certain Corona 4s.

 


Corona Silent / Sterling- YES

S&C Classic / Galaxie - YES


Corona Streamline/Clipper - YES


Corona #4 (Black) - YES


S&C Silent/Sterling/Clipper- YES


S&C Super / Sterling - YES


Corona #4 (colored) - NO


CORONA #3 (Folding) - NO

 
 

 


 
 

 

SMITH CORONA DESKTOPS:
Before its merger with Corona, the L.C. Smith & Bros company made some beautiful desktop models. However, due to their unique decimal keys, which bisect the crossbar, none of these desktops can be converted with the USB Typewriter Kit.

 


LC Smith Desktop - NO

 
 

 


 
 

 

REMNGTON PORTABLES:
All Remington portables can be converted, with the exception of the Remington "Noiseless", which is distinguished by the doorknob-shaped chrome caps on its ribbon covers. The Noiseless is the only Remington portable that cannot be converted with the D.I.Y. Kit.

 


Remington #3 - YES


Remington Deluxe/Streamline YES


Remington #1 (Noiseless) - NO


Remington #2 - YES


Remington Remette - YES


Remington Noiseless - NO

 
 

 


 
 

 

OLYMPIA PORTABLES:
All Olympia Portables can be converted.


Olympia SM3/4/5/6 - YES


Olympia SM7 - YES

 
 

 


 
 

 

OLIVETTI PORTABLES:
All Olivetti Portables can be converted. I recommend removing the crossbar first (by removing the springs and screws attached to it), attaching the circuitry to the crossbar while it is detached, then reattaching it as a final step.

NOTE: I have never seen an Olivetti Valentine in person, but I assume it can be converted as well.


 


Olivetti Lettera - YES


Olivetti Valentine - MAYBE?


Olivetti Studio - YES

 
 

 


 
 

 

HAMMOND TYPEWRITERS
All Hammond Typewriters can be converted with the D.I.Y. Kit, but the crossbar is very tiny, and so it is a difficult modification. Email me first if you plan on converting an old Hammond.

 


Hammond Multiplex - YES


Hammond Folding - YES

 
 

 


 
 

 

SEARS/TOWER PORTABLES
Most Sears "Tower" Brand typewriters are basically re-branded reproductions of various Smith-Corona and Olivetti models. See Above.


Tower 88 (S.C. Sterling) - YES


Tower Chief (S.C. Skywriter) YES

 
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