Found this dirty monster at an antique mall in
northern Illinois - not working - for $20.
After a cleaning, it would type but the carriage wouldn't advance.
After a year of fiddling, and sitting, I called Bill Wahl at Mesa Typewriter in Arizona, and he graciously walked me through possible fixes over the phone. He said that even though the inner workings may look clean, they could be stuck. I took the carriage unit off, put the typewriter over a pail, and poured Xylol through the works. Lots of wiggling of escapement gears and parts later it was freed up. What had happened is that an escapement lever had been forced into a position so that the escapement worked backwards.
This unit is compared always to the Olympia SG 1, and has all the fine features of that Olympia, but never having even seen a real SG 1, I can't say.
This is a finely engineered and beautiful piece of German engineering. It is extremely smooth operating - "like butta"
The typeface I believe is "Congress", and will type with single and double spaced letters, as well as 1, 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, and 3 line spacing.
The styling definitely has a european feel to it, similar to the standard Olivetti's of the era
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am a decorative painter/artist, and do historic restoration of older homes, and theatres. Growing up in New Jersey, i took typing in 8th grade, and at the time hated it. I've since lived in Chicago, Minneapolis. and now a small town in rural SW Wisconsin.
My hobbies are collecting and restoring old phonographs, sewing machines, kitchen appliances, clocks and radios, vintage office equipment, and of course typewriters. I love vintage mechanical gadgets. At this point in my life, I am developing my writing skills, and have started on old typewriter short stories.