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1961 Olympia SF Serial # 460312 1961 Olympia SF typewriter, Serial # 460312 Tas Kyprianou's 1961 Olympia SF typewriter. 2022-05-13 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Tas Kyprianou: 1961 Olympia SF Serial # 460312 Yet another stunning Olympia to both use and look at. I think the colour scheme makes this much prettier than the beige versions.
I've been told that this has identical innards to the Splendid and Traveller range. I find that hard to believe as this SF has a gorgeous precise typing sound. Nothing like my old clanky Splendid 33. This was super clean, almost unused, but very problematic upon arrival. Around 1/8 of the characters refused to trigger the escapement. A modification seemed to have been fashioned by a previous owner to help but it was no longer triggering the tripping point. A good 3/4 day of faffing around has seemed to fix it. Not as easy to work on (for me) as the Lettera 32 but just almost as wonderful to type on. A keeper.
NB. The platen on this looks and feels like it came out of the factory three weeks ago. Soft and grippy. Most bizarre for a 61-year-old machine.

1961 Olympia SF #460312

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)
Created: 05-13-2022 at 03:58AM
Last Edit: 05-13-2022 at 07:33AM


Description:

Yet another stunning Olympia to both use and look at. I think the colour scheme makes this much prettier than the beige versions.
I've been told that this has identical innards to the Splendid and Traveller range. I find that hard to believe as this SF has a gorgeous precise typing sound. Nothing like my old clanky Splendid 33. This was super clean, almost unused, but very problematic upon arrival. Around 1/8 of the characters refused to trigger the escapement. A modification seemed to have been fashioned by a previous owner to help but it was no longer triggering the tripping point. A good 3/4 day of faffing around has seemed to fix it. Not as easy to work on (for me) as the Lettera 32 but just almost as wonderful to type on. A keeper.
NB. The platen on this looks and feels like it came out of the factory three weeks ago. Soft and grippy. Most bizarre for a 61-year-old machine.

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The mechanism looked bent and despite attempts to re-form it I used a stronger spring to help overcome the friction. Proper McGyver fix with a ballpoint pen spring cut into 1/4.
The mechanism looked bent and despite attempts to re-form it I used a stronger spring to help overcome the friction. Proper McGyver fix with a ballpoint pen spring cut into 1/4.

A sheared off adjustment screw (one of two on the machine) and the metal "square" adds depth and width to the trigger point.
A sheared off adjustment screw (one of two on the machine) and the metal "square" adds depth and width to the trigger point.


Elite 8
Elite 8



Rerplaced the white perished feet with Dimensions: 17mm (grommet width) 12.5mm (drill hole size) 9.5mm (hole for airlock) 1.6mm (grove depth around grommet)
Rerplaced the white perished feet with Dimensions: 17mm (grommet width) 12.5mm (drill hole size) 9.5mm (hole for airlock) 1.6mm (grove depth around grommet)







Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)

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UK member living in London with Greek Cypriot heritage.
New to the hobby - December 2021. My collection now stands at 16 machines (how did that happen?!). My prettiest machine is an everlasting tussle between my Smith Corona Clipper and my Remington Non-Tab Portable. Like Bagpuss, they're both saggy and a bit loose at the seams but I love them. The utterly astonishing Blue Bird 18b has toppled my long-standing King of Typers, the Adler Universal. My Hermes 3000 Mk 3, 2000, the FACIT TP1, and the other Olympia SMs all regularly chomp at the heels of my top two typers and I count my blessings that I am lucky enough to have collected such a beautiful bunch if I'm honest.



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