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06-3-2023 08:56:22  #1

SM9 1970 vs 1977

This might be of interest only to me, but I have been wanting to take this pic for some time: side-by-side 1970 and 1977 SM9s. Both completely unremarkable machines, pica etc, but I feel like you can really see the progression of the industry here as Olympia worked to stay profitable under pressure.



06-3-2023 11:20:42  #2

Re: SM9 1970 vs 1977

The other major change with these later SM9's is the loss of the Tab set & clear key-tops on both sides of the space bar.  Tab set/clear functions moved to the metal lever on the left side and those previous touch-controls moved back to under the body cowling as they were with the early SM7's.


24-3-2023 09:15:30  #3

Re: SM9 1970 vs 1977

Interesting comparison.  Thanks for posting.  I have a 1971 SM9 (and a 1956 SM3).  I have read several comments that the SM9 was boring or unremarkable.  If I could only keep one of my 12 typewriters, it would be the SM9.  Great type quality, lack of drama, reliability, modern lines, quality build.


24-3-2023 11:31:57  #4

Re: SM9 1970 vs 1977

Penhurion wrote:

I have read several comments that the SM9 was boring or unremarkable.

I think operas are boring and unremarkable.   That says more about me than it does operas.  

I like the SM9, even though the touch is...not my style.  It has a clean look.  I would trust it to hold up under heavy use.   


28-3-2023 18:28:53  #5

Re: SM9 1970 vs 1977

Thank you for posting that. What can you say about the typing experience? Are there major differences in touch and response?


03-4-2023 18:19:20  #6

Re: SM9 1970 vs 1977

I absolutely agree with Penhurion, especially the part about the “lack of drama”.  I typed a number of single spaced pages on my SM9 today, and I knew it would get the job done with no surprises.  I have four other machines, each is fun in its own quirky way, but when I have to get serious, the SM9 is my go to.


03-4-2023 19:46:50  #7

Re: SM9 1970 vs 1977

For long days or several days of just high-volume, final-draft typing, I reach for either one of these two in my collection.

So much easier on my 68 year old hands.

1974 Olympia SGE-35 electric


1971 Hermes 10 electric


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