There’s a lot of typewriter history in upstate New York — Ilion (Remington), Groton (Crandall, Corona), Syracuse (LC Smith) …. but I’m not sure I know of typewriter fans there. In NYC, yes.
Seems like everyone who owns an SM9 consider it first rate. I’m curious why you’re not a fan.
You know, that’s a good question. I’m not sure why I don’t like my SM9 as much as my other Olympias. I remember getting it because everyone seemed to speak highly of it, but ultimately felt underwhelmed.
It’s been a while since I pulled it off the shelf and typed with it. I think I’m going to do a typecast with the SM9 tomorrow and answer your question in the blog post. Thanks for bringing it up!
Over labor day I visited my family, and found a mint condition 1936 Royal Standard in my kid sisters room. I sat down to give it a shot, not expecting much, and I was immediately hooked. “So THIS is what writing is supposed to be!” My family couldn’t get me off the thing the whole damn weekend! Even offered her 300 bucks for it. Sadly, she said no. BUT… tomorrow I am picking up an olive green Olympia SM3, and I couldn’t be more excited. Very happy I stumbled across your blog –it’s fantastic. Thanks again.
Thanks for stopping by! My first manual typewriter experience was on a Royal too. They’re real workhorses. Since then, I’ve become mostly a fan of Olympias (can’t beat that German engineering), but I still love Royals and own several of them. Enjoy your SM3. It’s one of my favorite machines!
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