My 1959 Groma Kolibri is in great shape for its age …

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The only problem is, the return travel of the “O” type bar/key is impeded halfway …

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The problem lies not with the linkage (key lever) of the “O” key, but with the linkage of the “Comma” key …

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As you can see the pivot point of this type bar linkage is loose and impedes the return of the neighbouring “O” key linkage …

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It struck me that the key lever of the “4” key might be offering me a clue as to how to fix this problem …

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See how the key lever loops out of alignment? Obviously someone’s reshaped it. Despite this deformity, the “4” key hits the paper in perfect alignment. So I wonder, was this a fix for the same problem?

If so, well quite frankly I don’t fancy my chances of bending metal like that without breaking it. I’m no Uri Geller!

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Suggestions welcome. 🙂