Monday, April 30, 2012

Big and Little Brother

As the semester winds down (we are three weeks from graduation) I have started to take inventory of machines both at home and school that I had all intentions of showing off here. I was thinking about this all the while looking at a very nice (if not dirty) Olympia SM-3 that I got a few weeks ago. There were two things that made it a pretty special little typewriter; the touch and the color.


Touch
I have one other SM-3 in sky blue. It's a great little machine, but for some reason the keys are a little stiff for my taste. They aren't pillowy like a Hermes 3000 (which I don't care for), but sluggish. It's very clean. That's not the problem. Even when the key tensioner is set to the lightest position it feels like I am typing through treacle. The green SM-3 as a totally different feel. It's lithe and very well balanced. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed typing on an SM-3. Maybe it's worn. Maybe there is something wrong, but it is really very good. Coincidentally, the only other green machine like this was brought to the latest Phoenix Type-In. It had much the same feel and it was green too. Hmm. I wonder if there is a connection between color and touch?


Color
There isn't much exciting about the color other than it matches the Beast of Wilhemshaven. They look like  a big and little brother.


5 comments:

  1. Very nice display of the both side by side.

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  2. They look pretty close in age. nice photo

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  3. Yes, nice to see the "brothers" together.

    I think your blue SM3 must have some problem, maybe it need to be cleaned out.

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  4. I agree with Richard. I've got three SM3s (good lord...) and they're rapid-fire snappy. One was sluggish until I spent a lot of time dripping isopropyl alcohol into the segment to de-gunk the type bars.

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  5. Can you write something about the difference in typing comfort and touch between the SG-1 and the SM-3?

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