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24-5-2019 00:58:43  #1


Groma Kolibri vs Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32

Looking to buy my 2nd Typewriter (1st one was bought for a video shoot).

This 2nd Typewriter will not be used as an art piece, but will need to do some HEAVY writing (4 Hours Daily). I want to write a manuscript on it, so my needs are. 

1) A Machine that i can write on for hours
2) Soft, Snappy and Fast touch (Raised on keyboards)
3) As quite as possible (with a typewriter)

Here are my options

Olive Green Groma Kolibri = 50 Dollars
Blue Olivetti Lettera 32 = 70 Dollars
White&Black Olympia SM9 (1975) = 25 Dollars.

What would you recommend ???
 

 

24-5-2019 04:34:16  #2


Re: Groma Kolibri vs Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32

An Olympia SM9 without any shadow of a doubt.  The Groma has a surprisingly heavy touch and would not be up to the heavy use you want to give it.  The Olivetti is a pleasant machine, but not designed for heavy use.  You can hang your hat on the Olympia https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/grin.png

 

24-5-2019 07:26:47  #3


Re: Groma Kolibri vs Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32

As thetypewriterman said, the SM9 is the clear standout.I have all three  of these machines.

1958 Groma Kolibri looks beautiful, but has a heavier touch than the other two. If the platen rubber has hardened over the years, as it most likely has, then this machine will sound loud.

1981 Lettera 32, I bought it brand new back then and it churned out a zillion school assignments. I thought it was a great typewriter (it really is), but somebody once described it as if it was 'filled with mud' when you type on it. After I read that, I couldn't shake that description. It has a slightly sluggish feel to it compared to other machines that I've used.

1966 SM9 is a standout. Very snappy action to the keys. Not sure if a '75 model has similar construction, but if it does, it's the best of the three that you mention.

Another worthy contender if you want snappy keys is a mid-'50s Smith-Corona Silent Super. Might sound a little louder than the SM9, but you could write for days on it.
You could probably pick one up (in the US, at least) for less than a hundred bucks, possibly even half that, but I would get it serviced by a typewriter repairer - they still exist - if I found one for under $100.

Good luck with your search!


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24-5-2019 08:05:59  #4


Re: Groma Kolibri vs Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32

Of your listed choices (Why are you limited to those?) the only one that comes close to meeting your requirements is the Olympia SM9.
However, the typewriter that comes much closer to meeting your needs is a later IBM Selectic, a model II or III (consider the various models for additional features that you may appreciate).

 

24-5-2019 08:50:00  #5


Re: Groma Kolibri vs Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32

M. Höhne wrote:

Of your listed choices (Why are you limited to those?) the only one that comes close to meeting your requirements is the Olympia SM9.
However, the typewriter that comes much closer to meeting your needs is a later IBM Selectic, a model II or III (consider the various models for additional features that you may appreciate).

Only one available to me in Denmark (for a decent price). I have no interest in electric typewriters.
 

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24-5-2019 10:06:07  #6


Re: Groma Kolibri vs Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32

No one has an interest in electric typewriters until they use one, particularly a Selectric. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/grin.png


My first choice for 4+ hours of daily typing would not be a portable typewriter, but a good standard. However, if you have to limit your choice to one of those three portables, there really isn't a choice: The Olympia SM9 is the only model that comes close to meeting your needs. 

Then again - it can be argued - there were writers who were known for using ultra-portables. Günter Grass and Gore Vidal, for example, used Lettera models.


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24-5-2019 12:28:18  #7


Re: Groma Kolibri vs Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32

Uwe wrote:

No one has an interest in electric typewriters until they use one, particularly a Selectric. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/grin.png


My first choice for 4+ hours of daily typing would not be a portable typewriter, but a good standard. However, if you have to limit your choice to one of those three portables, there really isn't a choice: The Olympia SM9 is the only model that comes close to meeting your needs. 

Then again - it can be argued - there were writers who were known for using ultra-portables. Günter Grass and Gore Vidal, for example, used Lettera models.

There is also an offer on an Olympia SG-3  (10 Dollars), but the machine seems gigantic and I don't know if my desk has enough space. Other offers i got today.

- A Triumph from 1963 (40 Dollars).
- A Brother Deluxe (40 Dollars).
- An Olivetti Studio 44 (40 Dollars)

Should i consider any of them ???
 

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24-5-2019 15:03:57  #8


Re: Groma Kolibri vs Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32

If the gigantic Olympia SG-3 will fit on onto your desk, and it doesn't have an (expensive to replace) age-hardened platen, it could be worth buying.  However, I am guessing that the portable SM9 will have less wear than the office-size SG-3.

 

24-5-2019 19:57:44  #9


Re: Groma Kolibri vs Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32

The SM9 is still the choice, although I'd also be happy with the Triumph. [If not the SG3 or Selectric :-) ] The prices asked are all so close that They would not factor in to my decision. They're also all decent prices. Really, you're not going to get significantly better than the SM9 anyway, so don't let it get sold out from under you.

 

25-5-2019 07:02:14  #10


Re: Groma Kolibri vs Olympia SM9 vs Olivetti Lettera 32

I'd opt for the SG3; there's no risk given it's only $10, and if it's in half decent condition you have a machine that you can type all day with. Next choice the SM9. As for size, here's a comparison of the two side-by-side:
https://i.imgur.com/aGVynaY.jpg


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