Believe it or not I just picked up a small manual (Brother Lettera 12) typewriter that someone was throwing out. All seems in working order but has some fangled cart system for the ribbon... now I will probably try prising that apart and seeing if I can reink, but wondered if anyone here ever used one these days? Partly out of idle curiosity, partly because they may help find a place to get a proper ribbon (and yes I have both googled and emailed Brother, to no avail so far ) In case you are wondering where my exact interest comes from, it is for my young daughter, about to be three, thought it may help with literacy and to (I doubt this) prevent her fascination with my notebook! I know, I know, I should get her her own notebook - but I don't want to spoil her too much just yet and they are overkill for a kid and do not produce the immediate feel a typewriter has.... she can work her way up... (plus she is getting a kid toy one with LCD display for her birthday in July! ) Sorry if I bored you, but the subject line let you knew what you were in for!