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1949 Smith Corona Silent #5S 111292


This is the one that got me started. It was a gift from my wife, found locally for $35 at a retro/antique store. It is essentially in mint/new condition. Needed very little care other than basic clean-up, very minor lubrication, and a hint of scrub and “Rubber Renue†conditioning on the platen and rollers, and a ribbon. This is one of the most comfortable and easy typewriters I’ve found for my hands. It has a very forgiving and “buttery†feel when typing. It can go very fast too. It’s VERY quiet and deserving of it’s namesake. I haven’t heard a quieter machine yet (although my Royal QDL is now a contender), but I’m new at this and haven’t heard all that many others yet either. It’s light, compact, mechanically VERY well made, high quality machining and chrome and finish work. The type looks great too although on the page it’s got just a tiny bit more looseness or slop compared to the very precision type I see on the Royal KMG and Olympia SM4. But it’s still pretty accurate and neat looking on paper. This is a 10 pitch (10 cpi) machine. I love the lines and the look and the colors of it. It came without a case, but a local collector friend donated an original, matching case to the cause, so now it’s complete. This machine is one that floats around the house and gets all kinds of use here. I really like this one. It's killer in nearly every respect.

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Hunter: Brad Sarno (bradsarno)

Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 2728

I've spent my life as a mechanical and electronics tinkerer, bikes, cars, lawnmowers, appliances, cameras, audio gear, guitars, amplifiers, and pedal steel guitars. I was trained as a typist for 2 years back in the late 70's on IBM Selectric II's. At home I recall my mother having an Olympia SM3. More recently we got our daughter a typewriter for Christmas, and that somehow sparked my own personal interest in these fine and interesting machines. Now it's a habit that just won't quit. Daily searches on Craigslist, frequent trips to antique stores & malls, garage sales, etc. It's a fun and healthy addiction.

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