Yay for a new re-covered platen! How are you liking JJ Short's results? I've been pretty pleased with the 3 I've had done. (:Good luck slimming down the herd. I'd suggest seeing if Tom Furrier would do some sort of consignment arrangement and dropping off the whole batch of culls at once. I've done this a few times with my local typewriter guy, and if he doesn't have to do anything to them (IE: clean and working well), he might be amenable to increasing his salable inventory that way. You don't make as much, but you're also supporting your local typewriter guy in a tangible way.
I know this blog hasn't been updated in 3 years, but I just wanted to leave a comment and say stumbling upon it, I really love the design and, as someone who is roughly the same age as you Matt, I can understand your mindset a bit. Love all things old, and really want to give my typewriter a purpose. So I think I might just use your idea of writing blog posts on my typewriter and uploading them to my computer. Thanks for creating this blog! It's inspired and fascinated me a bit.