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Portable Typewriters » Olympia SM7 - Heavy shift? » 10-9-2017 09:40:55

I actually on't think there's anything fouling the shift as it moves smoothly. It's just the way it is.

Portable Typewriters » Olympia SM7 - Heavy shift? » 10-9-2017 08:50:49

By comparison to other carriage shift typewriters I have such as a Smith Corona Super G, an Adler Tippa or a Silver Reed 100. I wonder if there's just more metalwork in the SM7 as it has tabs and is heavier duty.  It's certainly much heavier than the Royal Aristocrat basket shift typewriter I have.

I actually really like the SM7 apart from the heavy shift. 

Portable Typewriters » Olympia SM7 - Heavy shift? » 10-9-2017 01:40:23

Is it just me or does the Olympia SM7 have a very heavy shift? I'm wondering if my SM7 is as it should be or has a problem.  The carriage lock doesn't engage properly & was fouling the shift but whilst it still doesn't easily it at least now works & doesn't foul the shift. This has made the shift better but it still seems heavy.

Regards
Peter

Portable Typewriters » English made Hermes Baby » 28-8-2017 14:55:21

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I have an Empire Aristocrat (1948) AND a Hermes Baby (1952) . The Baby is a Swiss version with diacritic keys.  Another thing that is different is that the cover is made of steel for the Aristocrat & alloy for the Baby.

Portable Typewriters » Olympia SM7 with extras! » 04-6-2017 12:39:30

I bought this Olympia SM7 at a local auction for £15
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It came with two new black/red ribbons dating from 1968 & 1969. They were made by Kores for the British Civil Service and have the Stationery Office logo & stock no. on them. Knicked from the office? Plus a type cleaning brush by Imperial & a "Colonel" typewriter eraser.

The SM7 is in good condition although the keys near the edges of the segment are a bit stiff. The shift does seem rather heavy. One odd thing is that the carriage lock doesn't move to lock the carriage butif moved manually will unlock. Not sure if there's a bit missing

Portable Typewriters » Lonely little petunia in an onion patch » 23-3-2017 12:46:23

OldGreyBeard
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Hipster pub?? This is Bedfordshire....

Portable Typewriters » Lonely little petunia in an onion patch » 21-3-2017 13:45:54

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Strangely enough it has occurred to me

Portable Typewriters » Empire Aristocrat, 1949 » 21-3-2017 13:18:06

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I live about an hour's drive from Oxford. A great place to visit. If you like old churches, cathedrals, castles etc, England is a good place to visit.  Basically a lot of what went before is still there. 

Portable Typewriters » Lonely little petunia in an onion patch » 21-3-2017 10:05:33

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I think the best description (by an American I think) of an English pub is that its a sort of communal living room. That pretty much sums up what the best ones are like.

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