1949 Royal Quiet De Luxe #A-1827436
Status: My Collection
Created: 02-23-2019 at 04:49PM
Last Edit: 02-23-2019 at 04:51PM
My white whale, my holy grail... a Dvorak layout typewriter!
Possibly the only thing better than a QDL would be an Olympia SM9. Did they ever make those with Dvorak?
Purchased on 2/11/2019. It's my first eBay purchase. I don't like buying online, or having typewriters shipped, and this is a very sad example of why. Unfortunately, it was damaged during shipping. I had even offered to pay extra shipping for a larger box with more padding, but they didn't listen. There's no cosmetic damage, except to the case (the handle got smashed up against the lock, bending the front of the case in), but... something's not right inside the typewriter. The carriage moves freely when the carriage release lever is pressed, and the tab and margin release keys function, but nothing else. The carriage does not advance when the keys are pressed - though the keys do come all the way up and hit the platen - neither the space bar nor backspace key work, and the carriage does not move when the carriage return lever is swung (but the platen does rotate as it should).
Needless to say, I'm quite disappointed that I can't type on it. Hopefully the issue is not terribly difficult to resolve, but I don't have any experience playing with the escapement, which is probably the root of the problem. Anyhow, I can't open it up to see until my conversation with the seller is resolved. In the meantime, at least it's pretty to look at?
Hunter: Jessica Winkowski (radioactivealchemist)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I've been collecting typewriters since 2010. I currently have 100+ machines in my possession. A little over half of them reside in my "personal" collection, while the rest are machines I intend to clean up for sale, or are long-term restoration projects (I'm looking at you, Olivers and Foxes!).
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