Man, those rows of keys are standing with military precision! Such straight lines on this machine. Looks like it was barely used, too. Definitely screams early Seventies design. And the more I look at it, the more pleasant it begins to look. Nice one.
It's funny, because it's one of my typewriters in worst optical condition, but only at some angles. There are some pretty significant scuffs on the ribbon cover, but you can only see them sometimes. Here the pictures glorify this machine.
What a great typeface! I rate Adler / Triumph portables very high on my "practical typing" list, and so did many authors, e.g. Johannes Mario Simmel, who certainly used a few Gabrieles. This is the Junior 2, and the longer I look at it, the more elegant it appears // oh, Teeritz echo.
Yes it does have a strange appeal even though the profile looks like carved with an axe or as if the inspiration for it was a fly's flight path - full of sudden changes of direction. The typeface is great anyway. :)
I really like that type face. I have several of the plastic Adler J4 and J4 machines and rate them as good and generally better than most others. I do not think any have a slicker carriage, even Facit or my Underwood office machine. What I do not like is the steep pitch of the key layout. I often catch the keys in the row above where I type. I do think the J2 and J4 have a better touch than the J5. Seems the quality of the J5s was lowered. Best thing is none of them jam as much as an Olympia.
A dentist would LOVE that typewriter. Awful typeface though IMO.
Personally, I love the J4 and J2 models' design--especially in black.
Lovely typeface! Just wonderful!! I doubt if I could type on these steep keys though. Certainly needs some getting used to. Maybe that's why you didn't like the touch at first?
I don't think it's the steepness of the keyboard, I just think that there is too much resistance in the action so I have to hit the keys harder than an Olympia or Torpedo or earlier Adler/Triumph for that matter.