Simply Second-hand is a local store that often has a typewriter or two for sale at reasonable prices. Three typewriters were on offer on this visit, two new arrivals and a typewriter I’d met before.

For $75, a Singer Graduate (Model T-3) which looks identical to a ’60s Royal Signet …

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This typewriter had an escapement problem and would not type past the platen’s halfway point. It also had a very small Elite typeface.

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There was also some damage to the rear of the machine which had been plugged with filler.

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This interesting sighting is now on the TWDB. It was made in Holland …

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Next up: An Olympia Traveller for the same price as the Singer …

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This is the first time I’ve seen one of these in the wild. I was surprised how small it was, and also by how flimsy the side panels were. Why would I buy one of these when I have an excellent Olympia SM9 and two excellent SFs? I moved on quickly …

Best of all was this all metal (although the snap-on lid is plastic) Imperial 230. It has a lovely colour combination, a surprisingly snappy typing feel, and a nice big typeface. The only drawback was the price: a hefty $120.

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This is a typewriter I’d seen on a previous visit. In fact I added it to the TWDB as a sighting three months ago.

It’s a much better Silver-Seiko typewriter than “The Ugly One” Royal 201 I once owned. This one has a much more solid feel and there’s no unsightly discolouration of the key-tops.

As I anticipated no-one was prepared to pay a three-figure sum for it. After some haggling, the shop owner accepted $80.

These “full metal jacket” Silver-Seiko typewriters are thin on the ground, so I was happy to make it mine. It’s the best Japanese typewriter I’ve ever owned. All it needs is a new ribbon and a bit of a clean. 🙂

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