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Type Talk » Absolute quietest typewriter… » 25-11-2018 09:11:08

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:
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.


Type Talk » Absolute quietest typewriter… » 24-11-2018 09:58:10

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?


Type Talk » Absolute quietest typewriter… » 20-11-2018 16:08:48

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.


Type Talk » Absolute quietest typewriter… » 20-11-2018 09:24:41

A related question, if I may:

I'm on the lookout for, not necessarily the quietest machine, but a 'low' sounding typer.

I have a sixties Consul which I love and use a lot, but typing longer than maybe 15 minutes at a good pace starts to hurt my ears. It has a high-pitched typing noise (the type slugs hitting the platen), and my ears have always been sensitive so the clack clack clack causes actual pain eventually, like they're hitting my eardrums. The platen is not terrible, and I always use a backing paper or watercolour paper (light card stock, basically), but it doesn't make the noise any less tolerable. I have to use earphones and put on music as I type, and that interferes with my concentration.

So, a typewriter, no matter if portable or standard, that has a pleasantly 'low register' typing sound, is what I'm after. The quietness itself is not the main issue, but would be, of course, welcome.
Oh, and in case it makes a difference, I require scandi letters on the layout, Ö and Ä specifically.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Maintenance & Repairs » Lettera 32 draw band winding issue » 16-11-2018 09:21:33

Thetypewriterman, thank you so much for replying.

My Lettera 32 has a metal plate underneath, but it's strangely 'loose' in one corner, I think it's maybe bent a little. I have no idea if that would have an effect.

You're absolutely correct about the lap typing. I stopped using it for that, because the carriage wouldn't move normally. Thank you for solving my problem!

I knew the Lettera had its own set of problems, but it's turning out to be a little more finicky than I expected from something favoured by journalists and correspondents.
If I could find a typewriter that was equally quiet, I doubt I would use this one much.

Thanks again for your help!


Maintenance & Repairs » Lettera 32 draw band winding issue » 13-11-2018 07:54:42

Hi, it's me again with my 99 problems.

Do you have any idea why my Olivetti Lettera 32 draw band slips from around the main spring and winds underneath it instead of around it? I was typing and wondered why the carriage felt so 'grindy', then it halted completely, and after a look under the bonnet I noticed the draw band had wound itself tightly under the main spring, around the bolt. It was a bit of a chore to undo it and put it back where it was supposed to be.

The tension on the band seems decent, and as far as I know everything is in its correct place, so that can't be the reason, right? I haven't replaced or fixed anything on this machine, I just cleaned it back when I got it and installed a new ribbon.
I'm a bit nervous of typing with it for the fear it happens again.

Any suggestions?
Thank you kindly for reading.


Maintenance & Repairs » Remington Model 1 with "ghost" printing » 06-8-2018 06:27:43

Thanks, Rob. I'll buy a copy, then. I've only heard good things.

Maintenance & Repairs » Olivetti Valentine: Loose silver bullets from the carriage » 06-8-2018 06:24:41

Hello, I have a similar problem with an Olivetti Dora. I understand it is very much like the Valentine under the hood?

My tale of woe as briefly as possible: I acquired an Olivetti Dora (free of charge), and while it was otherwise rather clean and neat, it had a rust problem on the left hand side of the carriage. The carriage itself moved to the right without problems, but basically refused to move back to the left.
I figured the underside of the carriage had enough rust to hinder it from sliding smoothly, and after cleaning everything I could without disassembling the carriage, I applied oil and managed to get it moving normally.

Now, the real woe: As I was turning the machine this way and that, I accidentally flicked the draw band off the hook with my thumb and it got snagged under the carriage. Oh I wanted to kick myself. When I finally coaxed it free, the ball bearings rolled out and... well, the carriage is, needless to say, not moving anywhere right now.
I have both of the retainers and all four of the ball bearings, just no knowledge what to do with them.

Kind sirs and ladies, is there any way a beginner like me could, with patience and a few tools, remove the carriage and put the ball bearings back where they belong? I understand it is something even professionals aren't looking forward to. Otherwise I wouldn't even consider it, but there are no repairmen around where I am, and poor Dora is already broken, so it's not a terrible loss if I fail. At least I can try.

Is there a visual aid of some sort that I could use to make sure everything is put in place correctly? Manuals or photographs, anything at all? I know it's unlikely, but I have to ask.

Thank you!


Maintenance & Repairs » Remington Model 1 with "ghost" printing » 06-8-2018 05:32:28

I've been confused about this since I bought the Remington. It's not the Noiseless, but it has similar looking typebars, with the odd double-arm-thing (using strictly technical terms here). I'm guessing the type bars are not the only thing that make the Noiseless noiseless?

Yes, I agree, my technique definitely needs improving. It takes time to learn out of the computer keyboard approach, I guess.
Slightly off topic: You're referring to Polt's book "The Typewriter Revolution", yes? I've been eyeing that for a while now. Would it be useful for a newbie like me? I'm especially interested in being able to fix my typewriters.

Maintenance & Repairs » Remington Model 1 with "ghost" printing » 04-8-2018 14:12:11

RobMacKillop wrote:

The Remington Ghost strikes again (and again!).

What are the odds that these machines are haunted?

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