Auditions for the Prime Spot, Part 1: Royal Futura 800

Well, this is exciting. My wife just upgraded her desk to a fancy new one that goes from sitting to standing at the touch of a button. As a result, I now have her old one, which is a classic, executive-style desk with a roomy top. Certainly an upgrade from my little student/computer desk.

Royal Futura 800 in the “Prime Spot”

Along with my computer, a CD player, a lamp, and some knick-knacks, I currently have this typewriter auditioning for the prime spot. Behind it is my Olympia SF, with no case to call a home, ready and waiting for a grab-and-go typing experience in other parts of the house.

As I’m typing this, I’m reminded of the slight escapement issue causing the occasionally missed space. And as much as I prefer an elite typeface, does one want to type in it all the time? Important things to consider.

In its favor, it looks marvelous on the grey mat with matching grey and white chair. (The “mat” is the drawer-liner we all know and love.)

But it seems the escapement issues multiply the more I use this machine. That’s the perfect example, in the word “machine”. And there again. I guess it doesn’t like that word.

Fortunately, I have plenty of other typewriters waiting in the wings. One that was flawless the last time I used it was the Smith-Corona Sterling. Though it’s not remotely grey, it still has a classic look.

But for now, this one remains in the spot. Will the issues continue to get worse, or work themselves out?

Author: Gregory

2 thoughts on “Auditions for the Prime Spot, Part 1: Royal Futura 800

  1. Thanks for your blog post & site. It is well set-up, and a lot of thought went into it. I having a similar journey rediscovering typewriters, learning to tinker with them, accepting them as imperfect, yet useful and enjoyable tools.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Sadly, I neglect this blog too often–including replying to thoughtful comments such as yours. Sorry for the delay. Typewriters are very much like humans: flawed, yet utterly fascinating. I always tell myself I will stop collecting when I find the perfect typewriter. I think this requires that I never stop collecting. Haha!

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