This majestic beauty came to me here in Japan with sweet, easy assembly instructions in the form of hand-drawn diagrams and photos. Still needs a lot of cleaning after several attempts, the soundproofing linings are reduced to thin crusty sheets of tarry film, and the tab has a problem I'm still not able to fix. Still, its output is clean and its action is snappy. And returning the carriage feels like firing an artillery piece - in a good sense! Love this typer.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
From Toronto Canada. Tokyo-based entrepreneur since 1998 and meditation teacher since 2000. Learned to type in Grade 9 following mind-altering lunches and still experience flashbacks while typing. Mother did shorthand and typed 90 wpm as stenographer, dad pecked out haiku on his old typewriter as long as I remember. Moved to thermal printing, 8-character display CanoWord Pen 24 in 1986 when my typewriter broke, then to FujiXerox, Mac and iPhone. Bought my first typewriter of the new millennium (a Lettera 32) in March 2015. Muscle memory has graduated to neural reboot--every moment at the typewriter brings back fresh memories of type-happy childhood and visions of literary grandeur. Use typewriter for inspiration/rough drafts and computer/iPhone (Scrivener/Evernote) for polishing.
This packing job deserves to be appreciated!