Michigan antique mall purchase. Seemed to type okay--had to use carbon since ribbon was out of ink. Type specimen showed good alignment. Snappy sound to typing. Other than my Olympia SG3 with the cyrillic keyboard, this is the only other standard office machine I will have. These beasts are way too heavy. But the No. 5 is the quintessential, classic "old" typewriter.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Changed my collecting priorities to portables except the Olympia SG3 with the cyrillic keyboard and my Underwood No. 5--those beasts are too heavy. Sold my earlier typewriters to a friend. I had too many. I use carbon paper for typefaces when the machines have faint ribbons. I take photos with my Canon Powershot SX50HS (50x optical zoom and macro settings). I find it difficult doing typeface specimens since I use a Corsair K70 RGB gaming keyboard plugged into my 15-in Macbook. I got it solely for the deep key travel. I have fun hunting machines in antique malls in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
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