198X Olympia Monica electric de Luxe #297075
Status: My Collection
Created: 12-18-2017 at 07:44AM
Last Edit: 12-18-2017 at 07:47AM
Straight from the workbench, here comes this Olympia Monica Electric de Luxe.
Got it really cheap, but it was thrashed during shipping. As soon as I turned it on it started CRRRREEAAAAKKKing because the carriage was jammed. Then several pieces fell off, and then I followed the usual procedure: cursing out loudly, contacting the seller and getting a shameless response by him. Oh, and he forgot to mention that several typebars were bent. Surely IÂ´d notice without having to tell me beforehand, right?
Then this poor machine was stored away for several months until IÂ´ve finally decided to dismantle it. This thing has required drastic surgery, because IÂ´ve had to remove all the tab stops to make the carriage run again. As for the bent typebars... IÂ´ve done what IÂ´ve been able to, at least the only hopeless typebars are those of symbols seldom used. All in all the machine works. Wounded but alive.
Bonus feature: I think this is the only typewriter I have with the square root symbol!
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpaÂ´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didnÂ´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.
A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.
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