A page devoted to my black Olympia SM3, which I bought a month ago, and promptly sent off to Tom Lucas, http://www.thetypewriterman.co.uk, north of London, for a checkover and new rubber on the platen. The latter is not something Tom does – he had to send it off – and that took about three weeks, but the wait was worth it. This is a quality machine. I can’t recommend Tom highly enough – very knowledgeable, with long experience in the typewriter repair industry, seems happy to fully answer any questions I have. What more do you want from a repair man?
As mentioned before, every new typewriter in our house starts with a poem, usually a bad one, as my mind is taken up with too many things when faced with a new typewriter. This machine has clocked up two poems, the first when it first arrived, of course, the second after returning from Tom’s work on it. In both events, the poem turned out bad, but let’s not worry about that.
One positive thing about these poems is that they allow us to see the difference Tom’s work has brought about. And having the new platen is a delight. A recommended procedure, despite the expense – about £110. In the old days, they used to change the platen every three or four years. Now it is rarely done, which is a pity, as it makes such a difference.
OlympiaSM3manual – a pdf of the original manual.
Here are some photos.
And that’s that…