ended on April 10, 2013.
I've discovered that machines of the same brand and namely the same model can feel completely different from each other, and it really baffled me. The best way I've found to describe the phenomena is that it is part of each machine's "personality", which is something that wasn't built with the machine at the factory, but evolved slowly over the years, as the machine aged and was used by different people. When you think of it like this, it becomes clear that typewriters, although mass-produced, are in truth as personal an object as you could find, and that each machine tells a lot about its formers owners. A clean, well cared for machine will feel pretty much like it did when it came off the assembly line, while a well-used, not-so-well cared for example will have quirks and details that detract from its feel and functionality. Each tell a story, IMO.
Hermes 2000 are on my Top-5 list of portables.
I agree. I found the same thing happens with cars and motorcycles, and every time I teach someone how to drive or ride either, I always tell them first - every car is different, even if it was the same model that came off the factory floor on the same day. To me, it gives these machines a lot of their charm.
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