Monday, 14 January 2013

The Hermes 3000 types again

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(For those who are interested the serial number for the chassis is 3001856, which is dated to be 1958, the body is from a chassis serial number 3202863 which dates to 1964.)

15 comments:

  1. Excellent work, fellow repairer! And welcome to the Hermes 3000 club. You'll love that machine!

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  2. Good repair work! I look forward to your "how to" post. Enjoy the machine.

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  3. Congrats on the nice fix-up job! Sure feels great to bring a good machine back to life from the corpses of a few junkers. (:

    Ahh, the H3k, definitely a model that's worth saving. You'll derive a great deal of joy from it, I'm sure. :D

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  4. I'm so glad to hear that you have succeeded. You're an inspiration to us all. The great pics show you have a beautiful typewriter now, plus some experience. Clever of you to make the jump from paper to Teflon. Keep those Hermeses alive; someday I'll find one. You're so lucky, but you've earned it.
    == Michael Höhne

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  5. A job very well done! The machine looks really perfect. And thanks for providing the serial numbers.

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  6. Congratulations on your project. That is one FINE looking Hermes 3000.
    I really like working on these machines. Very well made and fairly easy to work on. I never had to put the balls back into the slides though.
    I look forward to your how-to posts.

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  7. Scott I've been looking into getting the Hermes 3000 club for a long time...
    Richard Yes, the how-to post is coming, eventually, when I feel ready to go near those little bearings again.
    Ted Thank you. I think Robert Messenger was thinking the same idea about the Hermes is worth saving when he offered the "corpses" as a project to me. To get something working out of something that's not will always be satisfying to me.
    Michael Well, it was really my father that made the jump to Teflon, so I can't take all the credit. Thank you for the initial advice, too, it really propelled the project.
    shordzi It's as perfect as I could manage, after choosing the least knocked about body; and car polish always does wonders. M pleasure about the serial numbers.
    Bill M Thank you. FINE in capital letters is one of the only ways to put it, isn't it? I have to agree. I found it a pleasure to work on, too. It all made sense, it was logical, but I have to say that the Swiss were brilliant at doing screws up very, very tight.

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  8. My newly acquired H3000 needs a few little repairs before it can get to work. Did you ever take off the final casing that covers the guts (the one that goes down to the base)? Figuring out how to remove that.

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    1. I did take off the outer casing. Once you take off the base, there are four tabs that have to be slid after loosening the screws. The outer casing should then come off. However, I thought that the carriage had to come off first - which isn't too difficult to do. Please don't hesitate to email me (jasper (at) grapevine (dot) net (dot) au) so I can provide more information.
      Good luck!

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  9. I have an H3000 I've owned for over 20 years. Just dropped it tonight and seem to have bent some mechanism along the carriage travel area. The carriage can move with force but grates, and not fully right or left. It has been everywhere with me, including a month or two in a backpack as I traveled in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan (I wasn't backpacking, I just didn't want it banged around). Nonetheless, it was dropped several times, banged many times. I wrote many long letters on this beautiful machine, loving and alternatingly moody, to the young woman who is now my wife and who cares more for the machine than I do, which is a lot. I got online to find a repair manual but found this site. I'd like to see how the carriage advances and how to adjust pawls or escapements or whatsits that may be in the way. Meanwhile I just released the carriage spring cord/string. The typewriter is all over my kitchen table at the moment. Any help appreciated. I don't want to spend too much time on it, but I think right now that it is my destiny to devote a few hours at least.

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  10. Still got the two broken ones? I wouldn't mind getting a full set of Techno typebars and a couple of key links since I lost a few.

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  11. Still got the two broken ones? I wouldn't mind getting a full set of Techno typebars and a couple of key links since I lost a few.

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    1. A replacement screw for the left hand platen knob wouldn't go amiss either.

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    2. A replacement screw for the left hand platen knob wouldn't go amiss either.

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