This is most definitely my favorite typewriter to type on. I aesthetically prefer glass keys, but these do the job. The wonderful palm Tab key makes up for any lost beauty!
This machine was full of eraser grit and maybe a cat or two of hair when I bought it for $35. It was in the deepest, darkest corner of the whole shop and almost unrecognizable, probably lost to the world, but that is always where I look first! Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the glint of a carriage return, and behold! A Royal HH, second on my list only to a Royal No. 10 (sigh)! Boy, does it type like a dream! In order to acquire my Hammond Model 26, I had to sell my Royal KMG, but this surely makes up for it.
It even had my favorite typeface: the post-war Royal elite found on its standard typewriters. I just love the way the 4 hangs down, and the curl on the 5, along with the sweeping Q. Just a beautiful way to present very serious documents.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am a typewriter collector and amateur repairman who became obsessed after typing at a young age on my grandfather's Olivetti Lettera 22, which he soon gave to me. Now I have had over ten typewriters in my collection, flipping the less valuable ones for a low price to fund my obsession.
At one point, I was weary of polish; now I see the wonderful shine that Meguiar's cleaning wax brings to a glossy paint. I still avoid polishing nickle or chrome, for I hear that patina is valuable on old metal. However, I refuse to use the devil's website, also known as Ebay. Just too many deaths by shipping...and unacceptably exuberant prices...
It is hard to find much of this label in tact due to the angular exterior which accomidates for the tabulator mechanism.
This is hand-down (yes, that pun was intended) the best Tab key on any typewriter! You barely have to move to get where you need to go. Besides, I never did like the tab-bar, found on most machines other than Royals.
The "Dandy" typewriter-man-thing makes me want to do anything he says!
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