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198X Olympia Olympiette de Luxe Serial # D878413 198X Olympia Olympiette de Luxe typewriter, Serial # D878413 Javier Vazquez del Olmo's 198X Olympia Olympiette de Luxe typewriter. 2016-11-07 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo: 198X Olympia Olympiette de Luxe Serial # D878413 The last one of the group of five at 2 € each.

I´ve come to dislike this typewriter as if it were an Olivetti Lettera 10. Why? Because this one is surprisingly bad, and it´s precisely that surprise factor what bothers me.

I already had another one of these, but somehow it was slightly better. This one is a mess.It´s apparently in better condition than the other one, but works far worse. The most obvious flaw is the horrid allignment. I doubt there´s much room to improve here, even with a good tuning.

On the positive (sort of) side, this thing should open a category of its own. This is an Italian made Olympia, which in fact is yet another instance of that IMC-Engandine typewriter which has extended all over the world during the 80´s. In theory it´s a balanced product. Inexpensive but usable, but it seems that sometimes you get a bad one. My other Olympiette de Luxe is marginally better, but the Rover 5000 Comfort Matic (the one with the concise name) is just better.

So, my reccomendation is that if you get one for free, keep it. If not, there are better things out there. And BTW, should there be an Olympia (IMC) category for these typewriters?

198X Olympia Olympiette de Luxe #D878413

Status: My Collection
Created: 11-07-2016 at 12:46PM
Last Edit: 11-07-2016 at 12:50PM


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The last one of the group of five at 2 € each.

I´ve come to dislike this typewriter as if it were an Olivetti Lettera 10. Why? Because this one is surprisingly bad, and it´s precisely that surprise factor what bothers me.

I already had another one of these, but somehow it was slightly better. This one is a mess.It´s apparently in better condition than the other one, but works far worse. The most obvious flaw is the horrid allignment. I doubt there´s much room to improve here, even with a good tuning.

On the positive (sort of) side, this thing should open a category of its own. This is an Italian made Olympia, which in fact is yet another instance of that IMC-Engandine typewriter which has extended all over the world during the 80´s. In theory it´s a balanced product. Inexpensive but usable, but it seems that sometimes you get a bad one. My other Olympiette de Luxe is marginally better, but the Rover 5000 Comfort Matic (the one with the concise name) is just better.

So, my reccomendation is that if you get one for free, keep it. If not, there are better things out there. And BTW, should there be an Olympia (IMC) category for these typewriters?

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Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)

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The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´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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