This is a very nice machine which stmill needs a bit of work, but it´s really promising.
The Underwood SS is somewhere between beautiful and brutal. Brutiful, maybe? It has the trademark Underwood durability and no-nonsense design, and again it looks ahead of its time.
I can´t use it much, though. It needs a new ribbon, but what worries me is the loud CRRRRAAACKing noise it makes when returning the carriage. If I press the carriage release nothing bad happens, so the problem should be there.
Another issue: it lacks the chromed part on the right side, so pretty much like everyone it has a good and a bad side. And for the puzzling potential, it came with a dust cover which clearly reads Olivetti-Underwood. I thought Olivetti took over later...
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98.
Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter is the only one which is NOT in my collection. How ironic...
Things then got... complex. I moved from Valladolid to my village, and suddenly found myself with a lot of room available at home, so the small collection is turning into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.
The puzzling dust cover. When did Olivetti take over Underwood?
Where´s my silver stripe?
Oh, here it is.
It´s one of those... You can take out the platen and use it as a club in case of emergency.
Something that amuses me. You can stick a camera into an Underwood, and this works with the Touchmaster 5 as well!