A local score for $38 at an antique store. Drawband was broken, but that was easy. I had heard from people and especially from Will Davis that these Woodstocks are fantastic machines built with extreme quality and precision, and that they're very fast typers. Well, I must say, it's all true. I really like the smooth, luxurious feel of a big Underwood, a fine machine. And I like the quick, snappy-speedy feel of a big Royal. But this seems to pack the best of both. It's SUPER fast to type on, a bit more snappy and has a crisp feel kind of like the Royal, but this Woodstock is just more precision feeling. All of the parts and chrome and mechanical workings are very finely made and finished. Clever and ingenious little devices throughout. It's a very fun typer too, more enjoyable and finger friendly than the Royal or Underwood in my opinion. This thing is a real treat. The type alignment isn't perfect, but hey, it's from 1938, been around a while.
The other interesting thing is the slide-off cover that seems to be for both dust and noise reduction. It fits smoothly and does quiet things down a bit too.
The rubber feet could use another 1/8" underneath as they've kind of squashed a bit letting the screw heads touch the desktop. But I can find some adhesive rubber or foam to build up a little bit on the feet. It's just a great machine.
Also, while this is carriage-shifted, the design is SO perfectly implemented that it's as light and easy as it's basket-shifted peers. They really figured out how to balance and spring-assist the shift action so nicely.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I've spent my life as a mechanical and electronics tinkerer, bikes, cars, lawnmowers, appliances, cameras, audio gear, guitars, amplifiers, and pedal steel guitars. I was trained as a typist for 2 years back in the late 70's on IBM Selectric II's. At home I recall my mother having an Olympia SM3. More recently we got our daughter a typewriter for Christmas, and that somehow sparked my own personal interest in these fine and interesting machines. Now it's a habit that just won't quit. Daily searches on Craigslist, frequent trips to antique stores & malls, garage sales, etc. It's a fun and healthy addiction.
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