The Hermes 3000: Love It or Hate It?

This seemingly eternal question popped up during our recent type-in in Grand Rapids. Some members of the Typosphere can’t get enough of the H3K’s smooth, “butter-like” feel on the keys. Others dislike it intensely for the same reason, preferring snappier machines like the Olympias. I keep oscillating between the Hermes and the Olympia SM3 as favorite machines for extended writing sessions, with occasional excursions to the Smith Corona Skyriter, Olivetti Lettera 22, Royal Model O, and several others. It all seems to depend on the mood I’m in. What’s your favorite?DSC02534An early- and a late-model Hermes 3000 that came to the Grand Rapids type-in all the way from Ann Arbor. The curves and feel of the earlier version have more fans than the later design, although the innards are the same in both.

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Welcome to Michigan Typochondriacs

Welcome to the new web home of the Michigan Typochondriacs. We are an informal group of typewriter enthusiasts throughout Michigan. Our group started at the end of a type-in at the Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo in May 2013. Since then we have sponsored at least one type-in each year, and usually more. We also participate in events sponsored by others.

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The famous Olivetti Valentine sunning itself at the 2018 Grand Rapids type-in