I like using a machine in perfect condition, but must say I'm a bit disappointed when one ARRIVES in perfect condition. No tinkering necessary at all means no satisfaction of fixing problems, and less reason to get to know the inner workings of a typewriter.
Heh, I know the feeling. Lately, I've been doing all my typing on the machines that are on the bench with their skins stripped off, awaiting some repair, or on machines I've just finished putting back together. And a lot of my typescripts start off with "this is a test..." and a full character specimen because I have to make sure the machine will actually type :D
I'm with you guys. And to be honest, I feel that I form a relationship with the machine as I repair it.
I do enjoy repairing machines, but I don't like using them until they are 100%. I have in the past, and a few times it has created even MORE problems with the machine than it had before...which is rather unfortunate.