This typewriter I received about a year ago. It is one I have been longing for for a long time.
This coal-gray Royal QDL was manufactured around the early 1950s. Unlike models of the QDL that soon followed it, it does not have a button that will raise the cover.
Nevertheless, it is still practically perfect in my opinion. Compared to the Smith-Corona, it certainly is a block-like machine, though.
However, I don’t know if it is just me, but it’s bell seems to resemble a toy typewriter, or something of the sort. I know at least it’s certainly not a clean high-pitched little ding like the other machines. I do, though, love the Royal trademark stamp on the back. It’s one of my favorite parts about the typewriter.
Be sure to try it out personally this Saturday at the type-in!