Sunday, March 29, 2015

An Unexpected Olivetti

Whether or not I keep this machine depends wholly on if I can get it to be less stiff. Quite honestly, it was a pain getting this typecast typed out on its foul heavy keys. If it typed as well as it looked, it would be a favorite of mine for sure!

I hope you all had a happy weekend! (as I type this it is actually Friday, so I hope I had a happy weekend too!)


  1. Congratulations on the Lexikon 80. Those are fine typewriters. Seems a bit odd a full size machine would have a hard touch unless it was an Olympia. The price for both would have been a steal just for the 80. Great find.

  2. Yeah, I'm pretty sure something is up with the ribbon advancement and cleaning up that part has often un-stiffened many of my machines. I'll give it a shot this week and see how that works.

  3. My Lexikon 80 is a definite keeper. There's a touch adjustment lever under the ribbon cover on the right-hand side. Maybe something is amiss there, although on mine it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference to the touch, but I like the feel of mine, which is set at number 1.

    1. I did notice the touch control, mine was set to 1. I think more cleaning and lubrication will be needed. It was pretty nasty when I got it, maybe I didn't clean it well enough.

      Lexikons are very hard to find in the states, so it would probably end up a keeper even if I didn't like the touch, despite what I said in the post.

  4. I have the M80, which is the same machine as yours except for the keytops which are glass. After one year of production or even less they renamed it Lexicon 80 and put the modern keytops, but the mechanics are the same, and mine also has that stiff feel. I also have the 82 Diaspron and it's stiff as well. I tried an M40 and the touch is lighter; so maybe there's just something that stiffens over time on the Lexicon/Diaspron mechanics and needs particular attention.If they left the factory that way, that would have been a downgrade in terms of typing comfort, if compared to the predecessor.
    Anyway they are very well built and durable machines, that you can still find for low prices here in Italy.

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