1952 Olivetti Studio 44 #487946
Status: My Collection
Created: 04-28-2019 at 09:30AM
Last Edit: 04-29-2019 at 09:39PM
After a dry spell, I landed a really nice Olivetti-Underwood Studio 44 locally for a great price. It is in beautiful condition. In fact, I didn't expect it to be so nice, almost pristine, based on the pictures only. This is truly a beautiful design by Olivetti.
The machine belonged to the seller's mother, and was always well taken care of, he said. For once it was true that it "just needed a new ribbon". (It also needed removing some eraser shavings, to be fair).
The machine came with a case in excellent condition, manual, and a small brush.
It is not entirely perfect, though:
- The alignment of capitals is a little off.
- The tabulator is sluggish, which probably means that it needs an adjustment (or lubrication?).
- The "e" key in particular tends to require a little more force than others.
I don't know yet how much I like it beyond its looks. It does appear a little sluggish, compared, say to a Quiet De Luxe. Some of it might be this specific machine, some of it more inherent to the machine's mechanical design.
Hunter: Erik Bruchez (ebruchez)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I started collecting my first pre-WW2 standard typewriters in 2017. Since then I have added a few machines to my collection, which now ranges from the 1890s to the 1980s. As of 2020, I have more big standard (desktop) typewriters than portables, and a few standard electrics.
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