1968 Olympia SM9 #3619673
Status: My Collection
Created: 02-23-2016 at 09:06PM
Last Edit: 08-16-2016 at 04:02AM
Perfectly serviceable workhorse with all the right features for my main breadwinner: not distractingly pretty, quality workmanship, full-featured, German and Greek characters (!), pica (11cpi? perfect for me anyhow), and snappy fairly quiet action. Needs a good clean and an adjusted foot (and a spring is out of place that doesn't seem to affect function - need to fix that anyhow). A keeper for sure!! The typed output is some of the cleanest I have seen. Though nobody - not Royal, not Olympia - seems to have figured out how to make an umlaut key that works with all relevant capital vowels. Sheesh!
Hunter: John Munroe (jamunroe)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.
From Toronto Canada. Tokyo-based entrepreneur since 1998 and meditation teacher since 2000. Learned to type in Grade 9 following mind-altering lunches and still experience flashbacks while typing. Mother did shorthand and typed 90 wpm as stenographer, dad pecked out haiku on his old typewriter as long as I remember. Moved to thermal printing, 8-character display CanoWord Pen 24 in 1986 when my typewriter broke, then to FujiXerox, Mac and iPhone. Bought my first typewriter of the new millennium (a Lettera 32) in March 2015. Muscle memory has graduated to neural reboot--every moment at the typewriter brings back fresh memories of type-happy childhood and visions of literary grandeur. Use typewriter for inspiration/rough drafts and computer/iPhone (Scrivener/Evernote) for polishing.
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