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The Typewriter Database 1936 Continental Silenta Serial # 729667 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo: 1936 Continental Silenta Serial # 729667 This typewriter is just great in so many levels.

Not only it works outstandingly well, but is also beautiful. In addition it´s so damned complex. When it arrived home it had been damaged during transport (again), and it´s needed expert hands to be back on the streets again. When I looked at it I instantly knew I wasn´t going to fix it. Too many notes, Herr Mozart...

But now it´s operative, and how. Maybe it´s not the fastest typewriter of the world, but it´s surprisingly comfortable. You could spend hours typing with it because you get almost no "recoil" from the keys. As other "silent" typewriters, the idea is to hit the platen with just the right amount of force. In fact, if you set the dial to "deathlike silence" position (or number 2 if you prefer), the writing is just barely visible, but the only noise you will hear is the escapement. On the other hand, if you crank up the noiseless dial and put it at "aural assault" position (-1), it´s still silent and the writing is extremely clear. The downside is that it only works properly with immaculate ribbons. This is a typewriter which won´t accept a half dried ribbon. Any other machine would work just fine with it, but not this one. A picky one!

In addition, this masterpiece came with an extra: wooden case and protective cover. I could not believe my luck when I got them! I´ll upload some photos ASAP.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo:
1936 Continental Silenta

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1936 Continental Silenta
Serial #
729667

Status: My Collection
Created: 09-14-2015 at 09:35AM
Last Edit: 09-14-2015 at 09:43AM

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This typewriter is just great in so many levels.

Not only it works outstandingly well, but is also beautiful. In addition it´s so damned complex. When it arrived home it had been damaged during transport (again), and it´s needed expert hands to be back on the streets again. When I looked at it I instantly knew I wasn´t going to fix it. Too many notes, Herr Mozart...

But now it´s operative, and how. Maybe it´s not the fastest typewriter of the world, but it´s surprisingly comfortable. You could spend hours typing with it because you get almost no "recoil" from the keys. As other "silent" typewriters, the idea is to hit the platen with just the right amount of force. In fact, if you set the dial to "deathlike silence" position (or number 2 if you prefer), the writing is just barely visible, but the only noise you will hear is the escapement. On the other hand, if you crank up the noiseless dial and put it at "aural assault" position (-1), it´s still silent and the writing is extremely clear. The downside is that it only works properly with immaculate ribbons. This is a typewriter which won´t accept a half dried ribbon. Any other machine would work just fine with it, but not this one. A picky one!

In addition, this masterpiece came with an extra: wooden case and protective cover. I could not believe my luck when I got them! I´ll upload some photos ASAP.


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Javier Vazquez del Olmo
Username: Javi

The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98.

Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter is the only one which is NOT in my collection. How ironic...

Things then got... complex. I moved from Valladolid to my village, and suddenly found myself with a lot of room available at home, so the small collection is turning into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.


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