I tend to feel just like you, Ken. I've tended to go for vintage, metal machines, eschewing anything that doesn't have metal-rimmed keys (which is strange, because my first typewriter, though old and metal, had plastic keys). Although I've gotten used to non-metal-rimmed keys, I stil prefer metal-bodied typewriters. I know this is a personal bias, as newer, plastic machines probably type just as well, if not better, than old machines. But it's really a subjective, aesthetic preference.That green machine there looks pretty cool actually. I think I may set aside my bias and look into something "newer". We'll see. If the mood strikes...
I did not get a typewriter with glass keys until my fourth one or so. First two were Underwoods with bakelite keys and the third was an Olympia with plastic. I tend to lean towards bakelite keys for comfort, but glass keys definitely look very nice. I have just purchased a newer Royal, not because it looks amazing or anything, but is really awesome for another reason. I will blog about it as soon as I pick it up this weekend.
There are some plastic machines I find to be aesthetically pleasing. But knowing that plastic is doomed to eventually fall apart dampens my enthusiasm. There is nothing quite like putting a little lube and a fresh ribbon on an all metal typewriter and having it run perfectly.
I hear what you're saying, man. I still prefer older, metal machines. I will no longer, however, limit myself in that aspect after seeing how nicely one of these 'cheap' plastic typewriters can fare. There are many pretty ones, a few which I would like to own, but they are still lower on the list next to a nice turn of the century typer.
I found a Grant's like yours at my local thrift store a couple of years ago and ended up giving it to a young girl, but it was a good machine. I can see why you like it.
So...you are saying it is the machine of a pre-pubescent girl? That isn't very nice, Richard. :PI honestly did not expect it to work as well as it did. Most impressive, to say the least. I wish I could find typers in thrift stores like so many other typospherians. All I have ever found are electrics/electronics. That doesn't keep me from looking, but it is always disappointing. Good for you guys!