A completed project: http://www.aetherltd.com/refurbishing15.html
A project in progress: http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,43672.0.html
There's a hobbyist community restoring these machines, and full maintenance documentation is available. Restoring them isn't too tough. They were designed to be maintainable. The guys who try to restore minicomputer Teletypes from the 1970s have more trouble than those of us restoriong the 1920s and 1930s designs.
I was thinking of giving my very young son my EeePC 701 when he is a little older, now I might change my mind.
I stopped writing and just listened for a bit, letting the keystrokes, the ball strikes, and the platen and roller movements take me back in time.
If you don't mind, can you expand more? What do you associate typewriters with? How do you feel about their passage?
Typing rhythm: my mother recovering from a stroke (early 40s) relearning typing on an ancient manual at home. The rhythm slowly getting more fluid as her speed increased and the hands synchronised.
How do I feel? Neutral. They just phased out into electric machines then early word-processors (Wangs with those printers in blimps to cut the noise down) then to regular PCs and some Macs for designers. I wasn't in offices too much during the transition phase, and I am not a trained typist. The sound of a manual typewriter links me back to early memories really quickly because of its rarity now.
I associate typewriters with a different era, which really wasn't that long ago. An era where we weren't (all) slaves to our work. You worked hard during the day, and went home to a life at night or on weekends. And by life, I mean getting away from work and anything to do with it.
Today--with laptops, tablets, smartphones--that's nearly impossible. And not just for technologists either; business people are just as bad.
It's not regret to see the passage of typewriters, but of the era they represent.
There isn't much doubt they've already gone obsolete. They're preventing them from going extinct.
Fun side fact: Straight razors are much the same way. Take a look at the sheer amount of material on an 1850's Wade & Butcher vs. a more modern example. I'd love to see some other examples of this.
Basically, back in the age of the slide ruler, engineers "overcompensated" in durability. This is why older planes are much heavier (so more inefficient and costly to run) but also last forever.
PS: Not to crap on the structural engineering of more modern planes, don't get me wrong! Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai2HmvAXcU0
On a side note, while attempting to solve a -50 error on iTunes, Apple Support told me "Apple does not support vintage or obsolete products." I have an original MBA (2008)... http://i.imgur.com/UR7HsZp.png
I have noticed this with electric organs (Hammond &c), (mechanical) pianos, film camera repair, vintage car maintenance. Legacy tech has a business model associated with it based on longevity! A few can consolidate and eke out the remaining volume aided by the discover-ability the Internet provides. Nice.
I use an electric typewriter. Nothing beats it for creative writing: no app or digital device comes close to a blank sheet of paper and silence.
I found a store like this once in Toronto. An "office machines" shop tucked away in a small corner of the city. It's really quite a trip.
There's another use case for typewriters that computer still aren't very good at: filling out forms. I haven't bought one yet but I can definitely see why some companies still use them to fill out pre-printed forms.
I kinda miss having it around. But on the plus side, my handwriting's a lot better these days -- and most forms come in PDF format now, anyway.
There's really not much to check out, but they really love to talk typewriters.
Edit: Oops. realized you were talking about store in Toronto. Oh well.