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02-8-2020 13:45:56  #1751


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

Just acquired this little gem. I always wanted to try the SF/Splendid models, however sine I have never been very impressed by the feel of ultra-portables, and the splendid and SF models are very common in Germany, I never really bothered. Well, at least not until I saw this. A Ferrari red Splendid 99, in what appears to be almost factory new condition judging from the pics the seller send me. The seller told be the machine was practically unused, and it certainly looks the part. I gave her quite detailed instructions about packing it and I just hope that it was not too overwhelming.
 
Even when giving detailed packing instructions to sellers, I have experienced that most are dismissive of them, or downright ignore them. These compact portables usually stand-up better to shipping then regular portables. And I would never dream of shipping a standard anymore.  

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02-8-2020 15:26:25  #1752


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

I love working on my later Olympia SF (angular version). It feels really good to type on and works very well, but the platen may as well be made of a tungsten alloy. It quiets down when I put the machine on a pad (which I just made from a piece of masonite board and very high density self-adhesive 8mm heating insulation) but still is one of the louder typewriters I own.
As for shipping, I've taken a risk on two very LOW cost standard machines and had them shipped. One was a Royal KMG and the other a KMM-13. Only the KMG was damaged, but that was just a cracked right side platen knob, easily fixed with some epoxy and a day of curing time. I don't know if I would do it again though, unless the machine cost under $20 (like both of these did.)
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03-8-2020 10:56:16  #1753


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

Phil_F_NM wrote:

I love working on my later Olympia SF (angular version). 

It sounds like you're referring to the SF De Luxe, which was introduced in 1959, only three years after the SF. It was actually sold concurrently for many years with the standard SF (and its many model variants). The De Luxe offered more features than the standard SF - but more important to me was that its design foreshadowed the yet to be released SM7 and SG3. 


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04-8-2020 22:30:02  #1754


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

Uwe,
Yes, it is an SF DeLuxe.
Speaking of DeLuxe Olympias, I have a wide carriage SM9 on the way. 
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05-8-2020 01:11:03  #1755


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

I am always looking for one of those, but every time something comes up its either too far away to pick up, in too-bad condition or one of the later models.


I really don’t like the look of the later Olympia machines, especially once they started putting their new Olympia international logo on them. The only exception I can think of would be the Monica Electric / Electric De Luxe. 
 


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05-8-2020 08:52:48  #1756


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

Phil_F_NM wrote:

... I have a wide carriage SM9 on the way. 

They can be very handy, particularly for creating spreadsheets/tables on a landscaped sheet of paper. Pictures, of course, when it's in your hands. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/cool.png


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05-8-2020 13:02:35  #1757


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

Today my Olympia Splendid 99 arrived. Luckily It does not seem to have been damaged, and everything works like it is supposed to. Its condition is truly like-new, not a scratch on it. Even its platen still has a spring to it.
 
I must say, (even apart from the quite striking looks of this machine) this is by far the nicest ultra-portable I have ever used. Its key-action is fast and snappy. Bouncy like on a SM3 or 4. The machine is able to keep up with me even at full speed, which most ultra-portables fail to accomplish. It is pleasant to type on even for longer durations. All the controls feel solid and that carriage glides very smoothly and completely silently along. The print is exceptionally clear.
 
The only thing I dislike about it is the sound it produces while writing, which is very hollow and rattly. It Is also quite loud, but then again, most ultra-portables are. This is reduced greatly however by using a felt-mat.
 
Overall, I am very pleased, and I believe this machine will replace my 1954 Hermes Baby as my new on-the-go machine. The baby doesn’t stand a chance.

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05-8-2020 19:42:36  #1758


Re: Recent Acquisitions Thread

Uwe wrote:

Phil_F_NM wrote:

... I have a wide carriage SM9 on the way. 

They can be very handy, particularly for creating spreadsheets/tables on a landscaped sheet of paper. Pictures, of course, when it's in your hands. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/cool.png

Of course, now that I will have two Olympias from the same era, SF DeLuxe with script logo, and SM9 DeLuxe with script logo, it goes without saying I'm going to have to find an SG3 with the script logo as well. 
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07-8-2020 09:38:40  #1759


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Ok... so what does one do after a new exciting purchase, once one's spouse has exhausted her capacity to show the light of recognition within her bright eyes?
Well, of course, one places a post On Typewriter Talk.
48 hours ago, I secured the purchase of a Remington 3, V334080, manufactured 1930.
The machine had been fallow for many decades, very dirty on the inside, resplendent on the outside.
   firstly, after some research and examination, I discovered that the machine was completely intact. I soon discovered that there was no way to determine how to operate it, and so downloaded a user manual from: https://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/Remington3.pdf
Within minutes, I discovered that the machine was able and willing to follow my every command albeit a little slowly.
A long story short, after a night's sleep, cleaning with air compressor and an ether based product here in Australia called "Start Ya Bastard", the underside was free of dirt dust and grease. Regardless, things were still stiff and uncomfortable, as one may feel after several weeks of sleeping showerless by the seaside living on nothing other than hand caught fish.
The solution was to break with convention, and lightly lube the segment with wind instrument key oil.
Success... to a point. The under workings were also resembling the arthritic results of decades living on salty fish and salt water.
An American product called Inox is well known to we cyclists here, as an inert non dust attracting light lube.  a gentle spray and all is working well. Ideally, oily lube is to be avoided I have learned, however getting things moving and limiting corrosion is al;so important. In the future, cleaning the light lube off may be a part of the progress to perfection...
   At this stage, I am delighted to announce to all that the Remington 3 has brought pleasure and wonderment to this new member of this valuable and informative form.
Thank you for reading, well wishes to all.


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07-8-2020 09:42:09  #1760


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Darn, can't blame spell check: last word: forum.


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