The poems and typewriter-thoughts of Mark Petersen
This is wonderful advice. And that is a wonderful $10 SM3.
Intention! Trust your gut! Two of the "keys to the kingdom"
Oh yes, very nice score on that Dreyfuss QDL!I also agree about patience. I gave up online hunting a year ago, and still get a surplus of really neat machines. Heck, even a Kolibri and a Composer dropped into my lap from local sources when I wasn't even looking for anything. I do believe that the typewriters meant for you will find you. (:
I'm still patiently waiting for a QDL or similar. :)
Good rules to abide by.
Just got a SM3 the other day as well. They are actually a little rare here in Denmark. Same typeface as yours. 12 pica, I think. It was about 40 USD which is generally what typewriters go for here in Denmark. Also managed to snatch up a Triumph Tippa 1 from 1965 on the same drive. Price: 8 USD. Good condition one it was cleaned up. What is "the rubber spacer fix"?
Firstly, as a Petersen I appreciate seeing another E spelling :)The "rubber spacer fix" is a term I used to describe the repair pretty much all Olympia SM3/4s seem to need, even ones in excellent shape. The machine is mounted within the body on four rubber washers at the bottom, and over time these become compacted. The result is that the carriage will rub slightly on the body affecting travel and wearing off the paint. All you need to do to fix this is pull those four screws from the bottom and add some rubber washers or something to create a greater gap between the machine and the body. There are several blogs and youtube videos about this issue, it's an easy fix though.
Thanks for the info. I never have my typewriters in their cases. But I will keep this in mind if I decide to put them back in the case one day. I Denmark the lastnames ending in "-sen" are a dime a dousin. Actually half of the population - 3 million (I googled it) :-)
The Olympia problem has nothing to do with the case... It's between the body and the frame of the typewriter....My family is from Norway, I have heard the Danish often use Es as well.