I have a new favorite typewriter for actual typing. A Remington Super-Riter Standard, serial #J2832995 that was produced in 1957. Gray with green keys. This typewriter is built like a tank and types like a Cadillac.
I took a chance last week and secured an eBay auction for this machine. This Remington was listed as lightly used, well maintained, and recently serviced. I was very worried about shipping but this seller followed my suggested packaging instructions to the letter. Glad he did. When the UPS package arrived it was so beat up that if the UPS driver had not already been driving away, I would likely not have accepted it in this condition.
I carried the package into my office where I could study it further. I felt all the way around it and could not feel anything hard against the outer box. That was a good sign as it indicated there was at least some packing material between the typewriter and the outside. I took the chance and opened it up. Inside was a second box that was evenly surrounded by about 2 inches of packing peanuts. Inside this second inter box was additional packing material that prevented this heavy typewriter from moving around. The typewriter itself had two zip ties holding the platen immobile and the typewriter was fully wrapped in plastic. I think this was the first time I have ever had someone pack a typewriter exactly the way I asked.
Upon removal the Remington Super-Riter was in perfect condition all around and appeared to have not had much use. I put a piece of paper in the machine and began typing. I could immediately tell that this was the smoothest, most crisp manual typewriter I had ever used.
I contacted the seller to tell him I had provided positive feedback, and also how much I appreciated his packaging. His return email stated that the machine had been owned by a doctor who had purchased it new and used it only occasionally in his home office. The doctor had recently died and the seller had purchased it in an estate auction.
This Remington is very clean and smooth. Even had a good ribbon with about half the spool left. I am now looking for a user manual and even a service manual if I can find such an animal. The standard places do not seem to have manuals for this model. I assume why I am unable to located manuals is due to my observance that only a minority of typewriter collectors appear to be interested in standard office models. Maybe that is why I like them so well, because most others seem not to.
More to come………………….
Standard: A full size desktop model of typewriter.