The poems and typewriter-thoughts of Mark Petersen
It got style.
I've never heard of this particular version of the SCM model 5 series before. What an amazing example of 1950s design! It's an unusual-looking machine.I'm always mystified by skipping problems. Probably because there are various reasons for them. This usually doesn't happen with Smith-Coronas, at least in my experience. My Silent Super works very well. My Sterling from 1945 does "strike over" occasionally if I try to type too fast.
The three worst skipping machines I have ever used were all Smith Coronas! I have a Classic 10 that does it and my buddy has a really bad Silent. I think other than my two SCMs that skip none of mine do it often enough to matter.I have found the Adler Tippa has the opposite problem and sometimes leaves out spaces if one types too fast.
I noticed that on my Tippa too!
Good looking machine.
That's a very attractive example of the early/mid 60's SCM Super-5/Galaxy hybrids! (:I've had a few of those Galaxy-guts machines with skipping problems too. When they work right, they work great, but when they skip, I've never found a method to make them not skip. Oddly, I've never had a 50's Super-5 that skipped, even though they have pretty much the same internal mechanisms. Perhaps it's the material quality. Seems to me that the switch from 50's Super-5 internals to 60's Galaxy-style internals signalled a drop in the build quality of the parts. More plastic bits, thinner metal, etc.
See my latest blog post for a tip to (possibly) stop the skipping.