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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo:
197X Optima M14

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197X Optima M14
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Status: My Collection
Created: 11-02-2015 at 02:03PM
Last Edit: 11-02-2015 at 02:05PM

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Now this is a heavy typewriter. Heavy as the workload it can endure. Heavy as a really heavy thing. Heavier than a SCM Electra 220 and a Maritsa 30 put together (they came all in the same pack). But it´s a great piece of engineering.

This should be a competitor of the all-conquering Olympia SG3. I guess they were designed roughly at the same time with the same aim in mind: being capable of anything and under any circumstances. I bet this thing even works underwater, under a hailstorm and maybe even inside a volcano.

Adding to the sturdiness of the creature, there´s te easiness of maintenance. The whole carriage can easily be removed, you have easy access to every single bit just by removing the ribbon cover and if you don´t do any maintenance in 20 years or so it´s alright because the machine doesn´t give a tad.

Performance-wise, it´s brutal. It has a surprisingly light touch and can be deadly fast. It´s also quite comfortable to use although aesthetically its a bit dull.

All in all, a tough competitor for the Olympia SG3, and an awesome typewriter. Can´t wait to get my hands on its older brother, the M10.

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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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