On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM, Bob Armstrong <bob at jfcl.com> wrote:
Does anybody have a source or replacement for LA120
DECwriter III ribbons?
I've actually got about 8 "new old stock" ones, still shrink wrapped, but
all that I've tried are pretty much dried out despite the shrink wrap. They
barely make a mark on the paper, even with the little print impression lever
cranked all the way up.
I don't have any that are any newer, but what about adding a solvent to
moisten the ones you have? A quick patent search reveals methods of
impregnating fibers with ink and acetone to make typewriter ribbons, but
there must be more than that because acetone is so volatile. A mix of
acetone and a heavier aromatic solvent?