195X Zeta 1511 #39916
Status: My Collection
Created: 03-05-2018 at 10:43AM
Last Edit: 05-08-2018 at 09:24PM
After end of production of licensed Remington standards and portables Zbrojovka Brno came up with this. And also standard model which is in my first gallery here on TWDB. Both machines looks almost same, controls and design are identical. I thought, that these two machines were designed from scratch, but portable version is heavily influenced by Continental. If I say heavily, I mean it. Do you know the "lazy way to write a thesis"? You find some suitable thesis and change only those parts, which really needs to be changed. And that happened in this case. It is not slightly upgraded Continental. Machine is segment shifted, with removable platen, there is magic margin and so on. But some basic and let's say "no way to do it better" elements are practically identical.
Mainspring (My mainspring was broken, so I replaced it by one from Continental. It fits perfectly. Drawband is differently attached, but the housing ang toothed gear with latch are identical.)
Carriage rails and bearings (Same. If you're familiar with klein-conti, you wil find it really obvious)
Keayboard segment ( general shape is identical, weight-saving cuts are different - It really looks that shape was copied, but technology of production was different)
Typebar segment (same shape, little rulers are same....
Aretation of color selector lever is same.
Metal end of drawband is identical.
I would like to know, what happened. How it was with end of Continental and why it was possible to use half of it in czech typewriter...
Zeta itself is nothing rare, there on TWDB is handful of export versions. 99% of these are in this wrinkle grey. I just once saw green one with grey squarish keyboard. Machine was facelifted after some time, with rounder body and squarish keyboard, but older version is more common.
I must say that I like the design, even it is a little bit gloomy.
Quality is fantastic. Okay, plastic keyboard is nothing much, but I get that they were doing it for the first time. Outside is ok, all controls are simple and easy to use. Inside is fabulous. Arms factory with its standards is simply arms factory.
Writing is fine, nothing unexpected.
I got this machine for aproximately two dollars. It had broken mainspring and missing leather handle. Mainspring is from Conti and handle from Olivetti MP1. Don't worry, from one I had bought as a pile of rusty and beaten scrapmetal just for spare parts. I even had key to the case, which is very unussual because those are missing every time. When it is locked, only effect is, that opening of the case is just barely recognizable stiffer than when it is unlocked.
Otherwise is the machine in great shape.