I have a few little theories about typewriters, and for most of the time they work really well. One of the theories that I enact quite regularly is "if the typewriter is praised amongst others it is a safe buy". This theory has served me well, as it did Sunday.
You mightn't be surprised to learn that typewriter and reel to reel tape player cases can look quite similar. Especially some of the larger, older typewriters. It was for this reason that I nearly missed an Olympia SM-9 on Sunday. It looked like a reel-to-reel tape player case, but I insisted, my "just in case" thoughts kicking in, and I revealed an SM-9. Quite a stark difference from a reel-to-reel tape player, let me tell you.
This same day, at the same establishment, I also found a Lettera 32, and a Kofa 200 (which is exactly like an Adler Tippa S). What made it even better was that I cam home with these three machines for $50 - a swell price in today's world of $85 Nakijimas.
Since then I've found one real issue with my SM-9. It refuses to be taken off my desk. It just stays there, an imposing presence, begging to be used. So, in the two day and a bit since I bought it the only thing I could do was oblige. I've been using it a lot.
Yes, that’s a real image of my desk. A red expanse of organised chaos. Eagle eyed readers might notice the original instructions for the SM 9, and a dried, hardened typewriter eraser that the machine also came with. I often wonder whether it would be worth carbon dating a typewriter eraser, or whether we should inform David Attenborough of a new branch of fossils. He could make a documentary, I reckon, on rock hard platens, erasers, feed rollers, and paper bails…