TTY spares request

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Mon Aug 19 16:35:00 2002

--- Mike Ross <> wrote:
> Hope someone can help - perhaps they're lying in a NJ warehouse!
> Been checking out my old ASR33s, a couple of them are missing the small
> bar (shaped like a 'double Y') which connects the keyboard mechanism to
> the printer. Anybody got any spares?

Dan Cohoe and I both made the rounds of the TTY spares on the balcony
of the Armory in NJ (thanks again, William!) I do not recall seeing
anything of that nature amidst the bits. Spare keytops, plattens,
chad bins, springs and more, but no keyboard butterflies.

It's a flat part and shouldn't be as critical on the manufacturing
tolerances as parts in the printer carriage - if you have one, it
should be possible to make duplicates. If you don't have any, someone
could throw one on a flatbed scanner... You might even be able to get
away with a plastic replacement - wouldn't be as durable (months/years
instead of years/decades), but you could make a stack of them.

If you have any friends who are train buffs, especially those who make
their own engines/cars from raw materials rather than kits, they should
have the necessary tools/skills to copy a 1"x2" flat piece of metal
with a few notches and curvy bits.


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Received on Mon Aug 19 2002 - 16:35:00 BST

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