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John Cornelisse

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wedges for Monotype
« on: March 24, 2016, 08:48:39 AM »
The "normal" wedges are needed inside the Composition caster, to adjust the width
of the characters in one row of a diecase.

Of these normal wedges there have been quite a number.

At David Bolton's Alembic-press site a lot of information can be found on them. see: http://alembicpress.co.uk/Typecaster/stop.htm
But this list is far from complete.

There are S-numbers missing, and some other info is missing too:

Not all set-sizes were made for all wedges: some wedges were only made for even one size of font,

Large composition diecases were accompagniied by very special wedges, with an unique layout.

Recently I got from the Type-archyve some blades I would like to share.

starting with wedge S330, only made in a single set-size : 21 1/2 set

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 



Christophe Slychan

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Re: wedges for Monotype
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2016, 11:15:25 AM »
Thanks, it's always nice to add a new wedge definition :)

Does anyone know what the "9G" for 7th row on 791 means? The width is the same as "regular" 9 units for 6th row. How were they different?
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Re: wedges for Monotype
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2016, 09:59:17 AM »
Some more wedge definitions:

           S1748 :  5 6 7 8 9   9 9 10 10 11   12 13 14 18 15

           S1754 :  5 6 7 8 9   9 9 12 11 13   10 10 14 15 18

These two wedges have all the row-values of the S5-wedge in common !

           S2519 :  8 5 6 7 7   9 9 10 10 11   17 18 13 15 14

The last wedge has even a stranger layout...

I suspect Monotype did play with this, in order to prevent their customers to lent any materials from each other. The many different layouts of diecases I did find, just made me think this way.

Each customer was forced to buy all materials and a complete equipment for the keyboard.

Just maximising the profits for the Monotype compagny.