Absolute bargain at $5!Is the platen rock hard?Still, wow.
That looks like a great find there. It really cleaned up well. Too bad about the musty smell - I have that problem with my Olympia SM9 script machine. My Hermes 3000 is where I intended to use the carbon ribbon, so I'm glad to know it will take it.
The platen's good. One flaw is that the right carriage end panel is cracked and has been reglued (you can just make this out in the photo). I can also see little cracks developing in the platen knobs, which I know are notorious for breaking. I'm handling those very carefully.
And yet I've had the WORST luck with St. Vin's in our area. Most of my "better" machines have come from independent thrift stores, like the local hospice charity places.Color me Hermes green with envy.
Richard, you have found more typewriters in one week, then I have found in my local area in over 6 months. Granted, I think its in my and my marriage's best interest that I do not have access to a healthy local typewriter flow:)
Wow, do those pictures bring back memories! A Hermes 3000 was the machine on which I learned to type. My mother recently asked what ever happened to it. I replied, "you gave it away in a garage sale."Well, actually, she sold it for five bucks. But, as you know, that's nearly the same thing as giving it away.
...and that you like the 3000, give the Hermes 9 a shot. They are dreadfully wonderful standard - size machines, along the order of the Olympia SG1. Congratulations on a great find.David B.
To get rid of the smell, get rid of the soundproofing.