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20-11-2018 16:08:48  #41


Re: Absolute quietest typewriter…

Uwe wrote:

When you say the "platen is not terrible", what are you basing that assessment on? Hard platens definitely contribute to the issue you seem to be having.

To answer your question, models such as those from Noiseless (or Remington Noiseless) that use a thrust-type action create a deeper sound, more of a thud than a clack. 

The rubber feels like it still has some springiness to it, that's basically the whole of my assessment as a complete novice. I've also seen a video or two of the same kind of machine, either under the Consul name or as the Brigitte, and they make that recognisable snap as well. But as evidence goes, that could mean they all have bad platens.

Thanks for the recommendation, I appreciate it.


 

 

23-11-2018 17:30:39  #42


Re: Absolute quietest typewriter…

I'm going to say a German keyboard SM-9. Intrinsically quiet, likely to have fewer age related problems, and of course an abundance of them with German keyboards, albeit mostly in Germany!

 

24-11-2018 09:58:10  #43


Re: Absolute quietest typewriter…

UnderwoodStd wrote:

I'm going to say a German keyboard SM-9. Intrinsically quiet, likely to have fewer age related problems, and of course an abundance of them with German keyboards, albeit mostly in Germany!

Hi UnderwoodStd, I'm not sure if you were replying to me, but if you were, then thank you for the suggestion.

I have an Olympia SM-9, but it's the massive one from the late 70's (with wide carriage) and it's very loud. It is lovely to type with, though, and returning the carriage is so effortless. It's a quality machine.
Is there a specific decade/year of SM-9 you would recommend? Perhaps an older one?

Thanks.

 

24-11-2018 15:39:59  #44


Re: Absolute quietest typewriter…

BlackLicorice wrote:

Hi UnderwoodStd, I'm not sure if you were replying to me, but if you were, then thank you for the suggestion.

I have an Olympia SM-9, but it's the massive one from the late 70's (with wide carriage) and it's very loud. It is lovely to type with, though, and returning the carriage is so effortless. It's a quality machine.
Is there a specific decade/year of SM-9 you would recommend? Perhaps an older one?

Hi BlackLicorice - I have one with a wide carriage also, though the serial number puts it at 1966. Late 1970's was the Twilight of the Typewriters and a lot may have changed although the model number did not, though you seem overall satisfied with it except for the noise. I share your distaste for high-pitched noise: a thudding or even a clacking sounds like work being done, while a sharp slapping noise is unpleasant. I am not a fan of the feel of "silent" actions either, though I find a lot of machines with conventional actions are very quiet, including examples of the SG-1 and the Royal QDL as others have mentioned. Only brand/model which is definitely NOT quiet in my experience is, ahem, an Underwood Standard, except for the late ones which have things like "FIVE" (not 5) and "Golden Touch" in their name. The classic Underwood 5 is a loud machine in my experience - albeit the ones in my experience were all in need of new platens - and I have a 1940's era SS which sounds like an entire newsroom by itself.

 

24-11-2018 16:44:04  #45


Re: Absolute quietest typewriter…

P.S.,  When you say you have a "massive" SM-9 I wonder if you are referring to the SG-3. The styling of these two machines is so similar that without something to set the scale it's not hard to mistake one for the other in a photograph

 

25-11-2018 09:11:08  #46


Re: Absolute quietest typewriter…

UnderwoodStd wrote:

I share your distaste for high-pitched noise: a thudding or even a clacking sounds like work being done, while a sharp slapping noise is unpleasant.

 Yes, that's it exactly. I can withstand the sound for a while, but if I'm getting more than a page of work done, it starts to get very unpleasant. I guess our ears are unusually sensitive for typewriter enthusiasts   


UnderwoodStd wrote:

and I have a 1940's era SS which sounds like an entire newsroom by itself.

 Vivid picture! I can imagine :D  


UnderwoodStd wrote:

P.S.,  When you say you have a "massive" SM-9 I wonder if you are referring to the SG-3. The styling of these two machines is so similar that without something to set the scale it's not hard to mistake one for the other in a photograph

 I browsed the pictures more closely, and it looks like the SG-3 has a tab system above the keyboard in a little 'niche', and if they all have that, then mine is definitely not an SG-3.
This is exactly what mine looks like: https://typewriterdatabase.com/1978-olympia-sm9.5716.typewriter
That could be a photo of the one I have, except it's hard to judge the scale, like you said, without something to compare it to.
I may have exaggerated a bit with the "massive". It's the biggest typewriter I have, but more than that, it weighs a lot (at least to someone without much upper body strength...) and hauling it around is not something I would do gladly. 

So, judging from everything, it seems I have something of "the worst kind" of an Olympia. I do like the precise nature of the machine, but all the negative aspects of it have pretty much guaranteed it gets very little use. This was my first and only introduction to Olympia typewriters, and it put me off from investigating the brand for a long while!
Glad to hear they're not all like this.
I know the SM-2 and 3 are probably not the easiest on the ears, but they look so pretty I might have to buy one eventually regardless.

 

 

25-11-2018 15:00:21  #47


Re: Absolute quietest typewriter…

Well, BlackLicorish, the main difference between between the SM-9 and the SG-3 is that the first is a portable and the second an office machine, which is a dead giveaway if you are sitting in front of one.    Albeit, the SG-9 does look like a super-sized SM-9. At this point the inevitable flogging of the obvious that there are many sources of variation in the noise of a machine besides the original design, age (lost insulation, loosening parts, hardening platen) seldom favoring quiet. This means that sight unseen all you can do is play the odds, with some models and epochs having a higher probability of satisfaction. I like almost all species of typewriter sounds, except as we agree the highest pitched and most painful.  They provide constant feedback that 'Hey, this guy's working!". 

If you want to develop upper-body strength I recommend of a course of full-sized standard acquisition with frequent rearrangement. You can follow this up with full-sized electric typebar standards, but be sure you've worked through the manuals first and done warm up exercises to avoid injury.

 

25-11-2018 15:01:36  #48


Re: Absolute quietest typewriter…

" Albeit, the SG-9 does look like a super-sized SM-9."

SG-3 does look...

 

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