From your photos your Sterling looks new.
It is said that a good photograph performs much flattery. That said, it does look gorgeous in person.
Typing up samples for Ted's database was the last time I used my Silent (like a Sterling with insulation) I know exactly what you mean. It feels like the machine will never get in the way of your typing, it almost disappears and feels much better put together than many more modern machines.
I'm saving up for one of the burgundy or green Corona Silents (flattop of course). I think it'd probably be worth the extra expense.Well put. I've just won my second flattop Corona and I'm curious to see if it is similarly a neutral medium. On the other hand, Olivetti Studio 46 does the exact opposite for me, as it contributes and to an extent, controls the output.
It's a beauty for sure.
Maybe someday you'll be covnerted to the dark, glossy, panelled side of Corona. ;)
I have a 1936 Corona Standard and it's a definite keeper. Looks like Al Capone's coffin, as atmospheric as all-get-out. I half expect to walk into the study and find Sylvia Sydney typing away on it one day. Nice to write on, although the 'e' key sometimes sticks, but I think all it needs is for me to sit down and write a page or two on it. And yeah, they're shiny as all hell. Like a Steinway piano.
It is a very prety machine. I especially like that the shape of carriage lever mirrors the ribbon cover - shows a thought out design.
It has a kind of elegance that isn't completely simple...yet none of the embellishments are out of place.
That's a great looking typewriter. The early SC machines are certainly the ones to go for. Anything from the 5 onwards - in my opinion, isn't really worth it. Such a beauty!
As always, amazing pictures!