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1955 Smith Corona Silent Serial # 5S 499931 1955 Smith Corona Silent typewriter, Serial # 5S 499931 Uwe Wachtendorf's 1955 Smith Corona Silent typewriter. 2017-10-19 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Uwe Wachtendorf: 1955 Smith Corona Silent Serial # 5S 499931 A significant machine for me only because my sister gave it to me after having owned it since it was new.

As for this Smith-Corona's moniker, it's anything but silent. I conducted a rather unscientific test to see if this Silent was actually any quieter than another Super-5 model because I couldn't discern a difference in its noise level.

With a decibel meter positioned approximately 30 cm from the machine, I recorded an ambient noise level of 31 db, and then typed a full line of text. The Silent had a peak noise level of 88 db compared to 90 db that a Sterling produced repeating the exact same process.

Pulling an Underwood Noiseless 77 off the shelf, I wasn't surprised that it only peaked at 79 db; the Noiseless models are appreciably quieter, and not just because they create less noise, the frequency of that noise is much lower.

1955 Smith Corona Silent #5S 499931

Status: My Collection
Created: 10-04-2014 at 11:31AM
Last Edit: 10-19-2017 at 11:48PM


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A significant machine for me only because my sister gave it to me after having owned it since it was new.

As for this Smith-Corona's moniker, it's anything but silent. I conducted a rather unscientific test to see if this Silent was actually any quieter than another Super-5 model because I couldn't discern a difference in its noise level.

With a decibel meter positioned approximately 30 cm from the machine, I recorded an ambient noise level of 31 db, and then typed a full line of text. The Silent had a peak noise level of 88 db compared to 90 db that a Sterling produced repeating the exact same process.

Pulling an Underwood Noiseless 77 off the shelf, I wasn't surprised that it only peaked at 79 db; the Noiseless models are appreciably quieter, and not just because they create less noise, the frequency of that noise is much lower.

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