1960 Olympia SM4 #1639788
Status: My Collection
Created: 03-15-2014 at 08:04PM
Last Edit: 05-07-2014 at 04:36PM
Green colour, has a case in nice condition, 10 pitch Pica #97 type style.
Good condition internally - zero rust that I could locate - and everything works nicely. During initial testing, I did notice some odd behaviour with some of the keys: the corresponding typebars weren't hitting the platen (not that I can blame them - it is rock hard). I peered within, air-can in hand, and found not only some eraser crumbs but a whole bloody eraser stuck in there! I got the stubborn pink blighter out and found that it was almost vitrified, it was so old.
The shell is in for a jolly good cleaning tomorrow along with all the other icky bits on the outside. I can only surmise that some previous owner got everything in its current state by typing largely while slathered with used engine oil. I shall therefore immerse myself in de-greaser before endeavouring to clean the thing.
Update: I installed the reinvigorated platen from JJ Short and added a new type sample to the picture gallery. It types much better now: crisper text, a vastly reduced noise level, and the side-benefit of not needing to use a heavy force setting to get a good impression. It's like a whole new machine!
Hunter: Nick Stokes (ndstokes)
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