Today it is sad day for me. I'm going to share with you the story of the typewriter that got wrecked during transportation.
The Consul... It had been packed since Christmas, until
I've finally found the time to take care of it. And it has proved to be a
disappointment. This has been a machine I've wanted really bad and now
all I have a bad machine... Not the model it self but this special
The typewriter arrived poorly packed and fill
in dirt. It has no caring case and it came all the way from Germany in
a large card box, being kicked around... And with a hairy mess inside I
can not find the words to describe it. In the auction photos the
typewriter seemed to be in need of a good cleaning but I could not see
that coming. I've checked carefully the photos and the typewriter was just
OK. Plus the seller told me it was working perfectly so I've thought
I've done a great deal. Damn DHL...
When I've taken it out of the box I've noticed that it
had suffered a big bump in the back side and it was dented. The margins
tabulators were jammed so I've tried to straiten up the rear metal
sheet. After a few hours of struggle I've finally straiten it up an
managed to put the margins tabulators to work but the paint cracked...
Then I've realized that the shift lock had also been broken during the
transportation... And my mood was just ruined! But thought that if it
types good I can live with that...
I cleaned it thoroughly,
installed a new ribbon and got a sheet of paper to finally start
testing the typewriter. And then my world came tumbling down... I've
just bought a piece of crap... An international 10€ plus shipping cost
piece of crap... The shipping has just destroyed a perfectly good
The body is all in metal, the weight is just right and it's a stable machine. The mechanism is very spartan and simple but I believe that's a good thing. The carriage is perfect. One of best I've tried so far. But the key board... Seems it was hit by a herd of wildebeests.
It's in cheap plastic but the keys give back a good kick so it's a pity
the material they chosen is so bad. And that I've a typewriter in such
And now I'm going to start pointing out all the flaws I've spotted but I may be overreacting.
The "I" is so far down bellow
- The "A" jams. And sometimes skips a space.
- The bell rings so low that most of the times a don't hear it.
- The shift mechanism isn't working properly. The capital letters don't get aligned with the rest of the text.
But it's a gorgeous machine and I really want one that works properly. I
guess I can live with it, but it's such a disappointment when you
really want a machine and when you've finally found it's not in pristine
conditions. I've been very lucky with the one I've bought... So tomorrow I'm going to grab a pliers a fix the damn machine!