Hi all! I did a quick "Buy It Now!" purchase on you-know-where yesterday, even though the seller stated that it was not in full working order. The listing stated this:
"BUT IT NEEDS REPAIR.
THE CARRAIGE HAS TENSION ON IT
AND THE BACK SPACE KEY WORKS
BUT THE CARRIAGE WON'T MOVE WHEN A KEY IS PRESSED
OR THE SPACE BAR IS USED SO IT NEEDS REPAIR!"
The reason I bid on it was because I began to think that perhaps the carriage lock was engaged. This would cause the symptoms mentioned in the listing.
Best-case scenario; The carriage lock is ON and this is what's causing the above-mentioned stuff.
Worst-case scenario; The typewriter is indeed not working as it ought to and will require a trip to my repair guy who 'should' be able to get it working properly.
Anybody out there who owns a SM9 able to shed some light on this? What happens when the carriage is locked? Does the back-space key work?
Based on my SM2 and SM3, the back-space key doesn't work when the carriage lock is on.
Hopefully, it's not a major problem. Otherwise, I just bought a nice, large, mid-Sixties, German-made paper-weight.
In times of potential crisis or disappointment, I like to adopt a wait-and-see attitude.
This is one of those times.
Not a major disaster.
Just possibly irksome.
I'll report back once it arrives.
Thanks for reading!