This little shop looked promising, especially when I noticed a Corona 3 in the shop window. But that excitement turned to disappointment when I found that this machine and the Underwood 4-bank inside were listed for hundreds of dollars and the other typewriters in the shop were Brothers for $60. It was a fun shop, but they knew their "hipster" market.
The next stop took me to the market street of St. Laurent to a funky shop called La Boutique du Collectionneur. A local guide calls it a shop that is not for the faint of heart and it boasted a weird and wonderful collection of objects including a selection of typewriters.
Alas, the only machine I was interested in was a Facit until I noticed that it had an AZERTY layout. I was in Canada's largest French speaking city after all. I passed on the Facit and the owner told me about an Olympia that he had out back. It was a wide carriage SM7 with the issue of the top three rows of keys not striking the platen. I told him that a common issue with Olympias was worn out bushings and sure enough, the rubber on this machine looked pretty crispy. I have not found this with my own Olympias so I am not sure if the bushings were the problem with this machine. I passed on this machine too. My patient wife and I moved on to Montreal's museum of fine art and a nice dinner out before we drove back home. This was my first typewriter safari in a big city which, I learned, brought big city prices!