Perhaps. I picked one up on a whim since it was cheap. I used it. It works nice. It is a Techno Pica machine! and it has a most unique Techno. (at least it is different than that on my Hermes) I'll find out if it really does live up to its reputation when I clean it and get rid of all the cigarette smoke stink. Robert Messenger speaks quite highly of the TP-1:http://oztypewriter.blogspot.com/2011/10/facit-tp1-portable-prince-of.html
Wow I keep changing my answer. I will have to ruminate and decide.I think just offhand it has to be older, but modern enough to establish the playable form. I'm starting with the Olivetti Studio 42. But actually I think a closer analogue would be the lineage of the piano. The Blick would be a harpsichord and the Empress would be a modern concert grand. hmm. great post.
notagain has made a good point. It shouldn't be that recent, should it? Since Stradivari violins are known for their emotional sound, my vote would be for the Olivetti "Ico" MP1. I just tested it against the Studio 42, which is also a nice typer, but the Ico's feel is very smooth, damped. So I'd say the early italian portable could be considered as the Stradivarius.
I concur. I find Facit portables very special, first of all because of the design (cool Nordic, sober and elegant), but then especially because of their "de luxe" typing feel. Thanks for you post, it reminds me to go get my Facit and give it some attention.
The name Stradivarius is synonymous with exceptional quality and performance. Although there are only about 650 Strads known to exist, for 200 year-old instruments, they are relatively common compared to Amatis, Bergonzis or Guarneris. If rarity were to be removed from the equation, what typewriter would you choose that excels in quality, value and utility?