I love my KMG though I don't know if I'd call it "snappy." More like "deliberate," but when I attune myself to its preferred tempo, I can churn out the pages on it. Last year saw a marathon 20 pages in one day for NaNoWriMo on this machine, and I only stopped for lack of energy on my part.That said, I'd be hard-pressed to stay Royal-loyal if an SG-1 crossed my path.
Will there be another one of these next year? If so, I'd love to come down, and of course bring my trusty Royal 10! I think I'd have a good shot at winning, as on my Royal, I can easily reach speeds of 90 WPM. I usually run about 60-70, though. Jay Respler has a Royal KMM for $15.00, but it definitely needs some work. The bell is finicky, and most of the keys are in a state of rigor mortis, as they don't want to move AT ALL. It's like the situation with your (now mine :D) Olympia. Times 100... Oh well, I've got no more room for typers at the moment, but I'm definitely going to try for a KMM or KMG.
I'd love to host another Typefest in summer 2011, but can't make any promises at this point. There is a meeting in Connecticut coming up this October; maybe there will be a typing contest there.
It's a happy ending if you get to keep and use it! I agree that it's a pity the boy never called, but his mom probably figured he would lose interest in the typewriter and then she would be left taking care of it/ wondering what to do with it. Sometimes kids have short attention spans.
Richard, Does your KMM have the raised key ring, similar to the earlier Royals?
Nope, the key ring is flush with the surface of the key (which is slightly concave). Very comfortable.