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21-11-2019 14:27:30  #31


Re: Which one: Olympia SF or Hermes Rocket?

Uwe wrote:

There was only one generation of the SF (two, arguably, if you count the DeLuxe) versus at least four generations of the Baby (Rocket), so which of these are you interested in for comparison?

Hi Uwe, there are at least two different SF's build. I have one form 1962 (beige with green platen knobs and shift keys) wich is equipped with the keyboard from the Splendid. My SF from 1969 (light and dark gray color scheme with the Olympia script logo in dark gray) has the keyboard of what later becomes the Traveller. Both machines do have a very different key action and at least the keyboards are mechanically different (you can tell the difference by comparing the shift-lock mechanisms).
 

 

21-11-2019 14:38:45  #32


Re: Which one: Olympia SF or Hermes Rocket?

I almost forgot, the first Travellers were called SF.
I see the following mechanical development in the Olympia ultra-portable line up:

1) First Splendid, with the MR-key at the 1-key position and the wire frame paper support
2) Second Splendid, with the MR-key near the shift-key and the normal paper support
3) Third Splendid, with redesigned margin system (transparent margin scale)
4) First SF with Splendid keyboard
5) Second SF with Traveller keyboard
6) Traveller
 

 

07-10-2020 17:14:50  #33


Re: Which one: Olympia SF or Hermes Rocket?

After having a chance to try a few Hermes machines, I decided on a 1965 Olympia SF.

I liked the solid feel on the SF and it types like a much larger and more substantial machine.  It weighs in at 9.3 lbs. without its case.

I did solve the "tinny" sounding nature of the SF.  I added felt pads to the ribbon cover and on the interior side of the removable bottom plate.

I also added felt wraps on the hard rubber bumpers of the space bar and also on the travel stops for the space bar.

It is a much more quiet and less "tinny" sounding machine, now.


https://i.imgur.com/TQh6Bn5.jpg

 

08-10-2020 01:58:59  #34


Re: Which one: Olympia SF or Hermes Rocket?

Pete E. wrote:

I liked the solid feel on the SF and it types like a much larger and more substantial machine.

I wholeheartedly agree.

 

08-10-2020 02:18:21  #35


Re: Which one: Olympia SF or Hermes Rocket?

Correction on my post about the mechanical development of the SF.

1st generation SF (round body style) with the MR-key at the 1-key position and the wire frame paper support
2nd generation SF (round body style) with the MR-key near the shift-key and the normal paper support
3rd generation SF (round body style AND angular body style) with redesigned carriage back/margin scale and plastic card holders
4th generation SF (round body style AND angular body style) with longer carriage return lever, new keyboard with redesigned caps lock
5th generation SF (box-like body style) with radical redesigned body, carriage and case

The round body style machines came with various names: SF, Socialite, Diplomat, Splendid
The angular body style machines are always calles SF De Luxe
The box-like body style machines are called Traveller
 

 

15-10-2020 16:54:29  #36


Re: Which one: Olympia SF or Hermes Rocket?

Pete E. wrote:

I did solve the "tinny" sounding nature of the SF.  I added felt pads to the ribbon cover and on the interior side of the removable bottom plate.

I also added felt wraps on the hard rubber bumpers of the space bar and also on the travel stops for the space bar.

It is a much more quiet and less "tinny" sounding machine, now.

Interesting. I have a nice Splendid 33 , third-generation round style with plastic paper holders, amazing to  use but remarkably loud with a metallic tone as described.   This by no means makes it inferior  to her 'competitors' in my portable  lineup but  knowing that this muffling technique works is very interesting.
 

 

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