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11-2-2019 06:14:56  #151


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

 

11-2-2019 07:27:32  #152


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

How would we know how much of a beater it is? OTOH, it likely has a script typeface, since it has the number 1 key. I'm sure you'll let us know what you do.

 

11-2-2019 16:39:21  #153


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

As long as cheap, I would go for it.  On my computer, the images come out distorted - as if the machine is only one inch thick !  However, I can see that it is an Olympia SM2 from the early 1950's and these are usually good machines - very well built.  It is likely to have an age-hardened platen (rubber roller), which would cause the characters to cut through the paper when you type.  I can get platens re-rubbered of course, but the cost of sending the platen to the UK and back together with the expensive re-rubbering process would probably be more than the machine is worth.

 

12-2-2019 05:45:16  #154


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I passed on it. I’m up for a challenge, but sometimes it’s not worth it.

There is however, another Olympia on eBay I’m considering. The seller is a retired typewriter mechanic, and has gone over the machine. I’m not sure how I feel about the red colour against the black and green appointments.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com.au%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F323685755327

By comparison, there’s an un-serviced SM7 available for less, but the typing sample shows that the lower case characters aren’t terribly well aligned.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com.au%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F123636696787

 

12-2-2019 12:38:16  #155


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The SM4 has a horrible rattle can re-paint (and a missing paper rest); I wouldn't touch that machine for a quarter of the asking price, And while I personally don't have any issues with the type quality of the SM7, it's more than twice the price of what I normally pay for an Olympia portable. Are those prices typical of typewriters in Australia?


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12-2-2019 15:11:04  #156


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Uwe,

I’ve only been into this for a little while, so I’m not entirely sure what prices are usual.all of the Olympia SM machines I’ve seen on eBay have been over $200 (with the exception of the SM7). $200 AUD is about $140 USD.

I have bought (not yet arrived), an Olympia SF Deluxe in baby blue for $20 (plus $20 shipping), and a 1950’s Smith Corona Sterling For $40 (plus $40 shipping). My daughters Olivetti Lettera $35, which got me started into this, was $20.

 

12-2-2019 18:06:27  #157


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Those are reasonable prices, and it's not very often that I would spend more than that on a typewriter. Prices have spiked in my area because of resellers who buy machines for a reasonable price, give them a cursory cleaning, and try to flip them for more than four times what they paid. The problem is that when others go online to sell their machines and see the prices the resellers are asking, they figure their machines are worth that too. When it comes to buying typewriters nothing will save you more money than having patience. 


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24-2-2019 01:35:13  #158


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

Looking for thoughts on this Hermes 3000...

Not much to go on based on the photos and description, but the price seems pretty good.
I can see paint chips and perhaps rust on the front corners (perhaps I could find the right paint colour and do some touch ups?).

I’ve asked the seller for more photos and a type sample if possible.

Someone may snap it up before I’m able to find out more (which could be a blessing, or a missed opportunity).

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com.au%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F303072280112

 

24-2-2019 06:01:34  #159


Re: Possible Acquistions Thread

What’s the going rate for a Hermes 3000?

 

24-2-2019 11:21:04  #160


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Well, someone bought it for AU$110. I wouldn't pay that much for one, but it's not a bad price I suppose given that there are those who go over the moon for that generation of the 3000 and will pay three times more.


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