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1963 Hermes 3000 Serial # 3207838 1963 Hermes 3000 typewriter, Serial # 3207838 Kevin Stallaert's 1963 Hermes 3000 typewriter. 2021-07-10 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Kevin Stallaert: 1963 Hermes 3000 Serial # 3207838 With so many people raving about a Hermes 3000, I started looking for one. This one had a lot of dust in it when I got it. It is a heavily used machine: one typebar (the one with ¨ and ^) seems to have been mended at some point, and the metal piece that hits the bottom of the segment has broken off from the "A" key (see pictures). Some keys (U, I, H, J, N and M) show massive indentations. A fellow redditor told me this is likely caused by the fingernails of (one of) the previous owner(s). Everything about it is still original, even the feet. Well, almost everything: I did have to replace the rubber washers of the casing behind the keyboard and the ribbon spools aren't original either. Well used, and now it will be well loved by me. And yes, it types quite nice. This is the first typewriter on which I did a clean up. It went OK thanks to the videos of Phoenix Typerwiter, but I think I could have done a better job. One piece of advice: getting the carriage off is pretty easy if you know how, but getting it back on is a totally different story. Don't remove it unless you really have to. Nice bonus: 1963 is the birth year of my mother.

1963 Hermes 3000 #3207838

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Kevin Stallaert (KStallaert)
Created: 05-16-2021 at 06:21AM
Last Edit: 07-10-2021 at 11:31PM


Description:

With so many people raving about a Hermes 3000, I started looking for one. This one had a lot of dust in it when I got it. It is a heavily used machine: one typebar (the one with ¨ and ^) seems to have been mended at some point, and the metal piece that hits the bottom of the segment has broken off from the "A" key (see pictures). Some keys (U, I, H, J, N and M) show massive indentations. A fellow redditor told me this is likely caused by the fingernails of (one of) the previous owner(s). Everything about it is still original, even the feet. Well, almost everything: I did have to replace the rubber washers of the casing behind the keyboard and the ribbon spools aren't original either. Well used, and now it will be well loved by me. And yes, it types quite nice. This is the first typewriter on which I did a clean up. It went OK thanks to the videos of Phoenix Typerwiter, but I think I could have done a better job. One piece of advice: getting the carriage off is pretty easy if you know how, but getting it back on is a totally different story. Don't remove it unless you really have to. Nice bonus: 1963 is the birth year of my mother.

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Right side of the Hermes 3000
Right side of the Hermes 3000

Back side of the Hermes 3000
Back side of the Hermes 3000

Left side of the Hermes 3000
Left side of the Hermes 3000

Ribbon cover removed
Ribbon cover removed

Close up of the keys. you can see the indentations on the U, I,  H, J, N and M
Close up of the keys. you can see the indentations on the U, I, H, J, N and M

Hermes 3000 casing
Hermes 3000 casing

Hermes 3000 casing contents: original brushes and manual (in  French)
Hermes 3000 casing contents: original brushes and manual (in French)

Serial number
Serial number

Damage and attachment to the "¨" and "^" key. Note that a portion of metal has broken of at the bottom of this key. A metal attachment was added bumper attachment was added, but it has broken off too. See the links section to see an intact one in one of the galleries.
Damage and attachment to the "¨" and "^" key. Note that a portion of metal has broken of at the bottom of this key. A metal attachment was added bumper attachment was added, but it has broken off too. See the links section to see an intact one in one of the galleries.

Damage to the "A" key: the metal protrusion that normally hits the solid metal part of the basket has broken off. you can also see that the indentation of the solid metal piece of the basket is more pronounced where the A key has hit it.
Damage to the "A" key: the metal protrusion that normally hits the solid metal part of the basket has broken off. you can also see that the indentation of the solid metal piece of the basket is more pronounced where the A key has hit it.

Hunter: Kevin Stallaert (KStallaert)

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I fell into the typewriter rabbit hole due to nostalgia: I used to have a massive Olympia SG1 when I was a kid. It formed my typing habits, which is why I am called a "furious typer" by my coworkers. Came across the r/typewriters page on Reddit which rekindled my love for these wonderful machines. Lets just hope I don't start pushing screens off my desk when I reach the end of a line...



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