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    A make and model? DickyO

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    what brand and model?

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In general, there are two possible causes for this symptom. 1. The ribbon is not fully in front of the typeface at impact. 2. The typeface is not in the proper position at impact. Depending on the model of typewriter there can be different causes for these two conditions, for instance, on a manual typewriter, that has a manual shift key, it is possible that the segment which travels up and down when depressing the shift, is not in the proper position, thus , when the typeface contacts the paper, the curvature of the typeface does not match the curvature of the platen. This can cause the top or the bottom of letters not to print. Likewise on an IBM Wheelwriter, it is possible for the platen itself to be loose which can cause just the top of letters to print. Observe the ribbon lift position and installation. Check the hammer, printwheel, platen,

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