I was in that antique store that I normally frequent and post sightings of, looking at the LC Smith 5 I have posted here, and as I came out of the booth, across from the booth I was in, half covered by a blanket, sitting on a swivel chair... was this first generation (thank you Uwe over at Typewriter Talk). Hermes 3000.
It worked pretty well. As usual I tentatively looked at the price tag... $95....
I thought it could have been A LOT worse... aka a Remington 5 portable without its case for 125... so... I came home with it.
I am impressed overall with this machine. The action is comfortable no matter what setting I have the touch control set to, and the controls, though slightly off of the keyboard (backspace, margin release, and tab) they become second nature.
I am quite pleased with this machine. Another unexpected favorite!
Update - 8/7/2017 - Left the collection. Sold with four others to a teacher who intends to show them to his students and have them use them with supervision.
Like the Remington Quiet-Riter, the 3000 was a good machine, but I just was not a fan of it.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I started collecting typewriters several years ago and it started with a late 1960s Smith-Corona Sterling portable that I got as a gift.
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