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30-7-2020 15:38:49  #21


Re: What's your favorite Typewriter to type on?

In terms of raw typing-feel and I would have to go with my 1939 Erika Model M. However, I find myself preferring the Olympia SM4 for its light and "bouncy" action. I type faster on no other machine, and the keys are just the right shape.
 
In terms of Desktops, I actually like to write on a 1974 Olympia Report Deluxe. It’s just something about the strong, definitive and powerful authority these electrics have. Really makes you feel like you are getting something done. My Olympia SG1 is my favorite manual desktop, however I have yet to get it serviced. I had to repair the backspace on it, but otherwise it works like a charm. I just cannot but feel it could be better.

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31-7-2020 09:54:17  #22


Re: What's your favorite Typewriter to type on?

I'd suggest that the Report Deluxe is actually a portable, not a standard ("desktop"). It comes in a travel case, and next to an Olympia SGE50 of the same model year, it's a fraction of the size. I don't mind carrying around a Report Deluxe, but lifting an SGE is like a visit to the gym. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/grin.png


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31-7-2020 11:24:09  #23


Re: What's your favorite Typewriter to type on?

Uwe wrote:

I'd suggest that the Report Deluxe is actually a portable, not a standard ("desktop"). It comes in a travel case, and next to an Olympia SGE50 of the same model year, it's a fraction of the size. I don't mind carrying around a Report Deluxe, but lifting an SGE is like a visit to the gym. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/grin.png

Many typewriters come in "cases". Whether or not they are actually designed to be carried around is a different matter https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/whistling.png

In fact, I even unofficially call machines like the Hermes 3000, Olivetti Studio 44 or Erika 10 "semi-portables", as I find them much to bulky and heavy to be conveniently transported for any significant distance. The Report is heavy as a brick, as big any any standard minus the height, and quite frankly I dont trust the handle of the case https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/dizzy.png

And standards sometimes come in cases too. Some even have carrying handles. Ive owned a Olympia Mod. 8 with a wodden carrying case once, much like the one below, except with a handle. 

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Learned watchmaker and office machine enthusiast from Germany.

 
 

01-8-2020 03:12:05  #24


Re: What's your favorite Typewriter to type on?

I usually refer to machines like the Hermes 3000, Olympia SM series and Olivetti Studio 44 as 'Heavy Duty Portables', to differentiate them from 'Flat Portables' like the Hermes Baby, Olympia SF and Olivetti Lettera.  I understand that in America what we call 'Flat Portables', they call 'ultra-portables'.

 

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