I received this via the USPS yesterday. By the looks of the box, it's a miracle that it made it from Missouri to Kentucky without being badly damaged. However, I was lucky that only the ribbon cover had come loose.
A few initial observations on this machine:
- It's built like a Sherman tank. It is heavy. It seems very, very solid. I believe those German engineers were serious about building a product that would last.
- It's not a machine you'd necessarily want to pack around a lot. It's a "portable" but only barely so. I was a bit surprised by the size of the case when I first saw it. It has a pretty large footprint and dwarfs my Olympia SM-3 (which it is sitting by at the moment).
- It has smooth lines. It's hard not to like the look of this machine. With it's rounded edges, smooth paint finish, and chrome, it's a real beauty. That may be the largest carriage return lever I've ever seen. You can't miss it!
- This particular machine appears to be in really good condition. The only problem I've noticed so far is that the ribbon vibrator seemed like it was sticking a bit and after some cleaning with denatured alcohol, it is working fine. Actually, I think the whole machine is dry and needs some cleaning, use and lubrication. I think the more it is used, the better it will function.
Will Davis has some nice information on this machine and its counterpart, the Alpina. I think this was a good find. What say ye?