You may think that was a little harsh, and I'm sure that this typewriter has its fans. I have to say it's okay to type on, but I have two Olympia SMs and a Remington Quiet-Riter that I prefer to write with.
I already have a Royal QDL with a tricky escapement and I don't want my collection to fill up with problematic machines. This Hermes doesn't display any other problem besides this escapement issue, but it's enough to make me want to move it on. Keys are in nifty condition, though.
The touch control knob is nice. Looks like a volume control.
Freshly serviced, you can still see the grease. Pretty clean. Looks like it's been clumsily placed into the carry case on more than one occasion.
And the carry case is simply perfect. Shame about the sticker being removed. This typewriter may have travelled more than I have.
But, after some careful thinking, I think I'll shift this one. Maybe there's a repairman out there who will figure it out with no problem.
Needless to say, it has typed better since I got it back from Zack than it did before I got it serviced, but if "Terminator 2- Judgment Day" (Dir: James Cameron, 1991) has taught me anything, it's that you can't trust machines. I'm sure I'll sit down to use this Hermes to write something important and it will start skipping words and spaces. Sorry, baby, you just can't be trusted.
I suppose if I had never bought an Olympia SM, I would probably keep this one, but the typing action on the German-made SMs is simply divine. This Hermes comes close, but I'm no expert on these things. I just know what I prefer. It's a variation on the old line about art; "I know nothing about art, but I know what I like."
Shame, really, because it's a beautiful looking machine. And if space wasn't an issue, I'd probably hang on to it, but I'm considering going for a late '40s or early '50s Royal at some point, so I want to thin out the collection so that I can wind up with models that I'll use.
Ah well, I'm sure that whoever winds up with it will be happy with it.
Thanks for reading!