I just found this '67 SG3 today. It was in pretty good operational shape, but it was dusted and slimed with a ton of that white correct-film residue and flakes. But that was easy with a few brushes, cloths and certain solvents.
But the machine. Wow! Sure it's a big, heavy tank of a typewriter, but the quality, the ease of serviceability, the precision, the typing feel, it's just amazing. This has to be one of the best typewriters in the world. Maybe I'm new to the club, but this thing is just great. I find the feel and key spacing to be much more friendly and enjoyable than my old Olympia SM4 that was in perfect condition. This is an easier typer in every way.
I love how the carriage comes off with the simple flip of two levers inside. The color coding of the internal parts, the easy access to everything. This is a workhorse among workhorses. It is clearly designed for professional use with easy servicing. It's not the prettiest typewriter I've ever seen, but at the moment, I may have to consider it the "best" machine I've encountered.
This has the smaller elite typeface, my preferred size.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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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