1972 Olympia SG3 #7-2711138
Status: My Collection
Created: 07-28-2020 at 10:19AM
Last Edit: 07-29-2020 at 02:23PM
Found it on Facebook Marketplace for just 15 euros, I could definately not pass up this. It was made in Western Germany, features a Greek keyboard and decimal tabulator keys on an extra fifth row. While sold to me as a "non working" machine, this massive desktop beast is working and writing just fine. A problem that I think I can fix, is that the left paper margin is not moving, but not because of its own malfunction. As I can understand by its cut screws, the margin was intentionally "forced" to have this position, fiting exactly the size of an A4 paper to the end of the carriage. Also, the plastic paper support is missing.
The problem that made it "non working" for its previous owner is that the typebars were not moving all the way up to the platen, but only through the middle - all typebars were doing exactly the same "half-movement", and the carriage was also not moving, except with the space bar and back space keys. After removing the carriage and following the connections of the keys, I noticed a little control well hidden underneath the carriage that functions as a key lock. All I had to do is pull that control up and the SG3 was back in action again! Now all it needs is a good cleaning because some keys are sticky and of course good oiling. I sense that there is a lot of great engineering in there, especially after reading some reviews and finding out that SG3's were still in office use until recently and maybe they are even today.
It is a very solid, powerful and strong machine, very heavy as well, being mostly made of metal - according to a source, it weights approximately 18kg! I love the design, elegant and beautiful, I would even call it futuristic in a way, yet very "serious" for office use. And also, two lovely details on the back of the typewriter, the classic Olympia logo and the sticker of the Greek retailer that was selling it.
Hunter: Dimitris Nikou (dimnikou)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Writer, blogger and art person from Athens, Greece. I currently own 14 typewriters, dated from 1913 (my oldest one, a Remington Standard 10) up to the late 70's. Most of my machines are functionable and I try to repair any with problems that keeps it from typing. For me, it is important for a typewriter not just to sit on a shelve for display, but also to be able to type when I want to.
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