Univers Medium 689-7D Absolute pain in the arse, particularly the low unit value characters (4U and 5U). Heads of top 6, top 9, comma often breaking off in mats. Couldn’t be cast as composition reliably, even with new mats, recently adjusted pump and bridge.
Eventual solution: set justification wedges at 4-14, move character until savers etc under character have a small margin either side, and cast to fill case. Characters are slightly wider than prescribed, but probably imperceptible on the page.
Hello! Sorry, I still don’t seem to get notifications about these messages. There’s always an interest in printing literature, and particularly in Monotype stuff at the moment. I don’t know where the best place to sell it would be, but if you wanted to donate it to the Type Archive, I’m sure it would be very gratefully received.
@ symbols were cut in many different styles, but they weren’t designed as part of a series: they’re separate, special number matrices. Back then, of course, they didn’t have the same use as they did now - if you’re interested, James Mosely’s Typefoundry blog has a great post about them: http://typefoundry.blogspot.co.uk/
Hi Enda; though I can run jobs on the platen, I’m very much not the man to give you a refresher course. If you can make it down to London, I know a few people who could probably help, though they’d be quite busy.
There are many people who know more about ‘true’ type foundries than I do. Your best bet would be to have a look through a copy of ‘A history of the old english letter foundries’ and take it from there, to be honest.
Hi Greg; all matrix making is done at the Type Archive. Off the top of my head, I’m not sure how much matrices are, but I think it’s something like £5.50.