Taken as an example of inspired industrial design or simply as a functional writing tool: either way, the Olivetti Studio 45 is a pretty wonderful typewriter. This typewriter dates to 1973, the last year of the model's manufacture. It has been extracted from its bodywork (see last image above), cleaned and lubricated and put back together. It comes with a fresh ribbon wound onto its original steel spools, and with its original carrying case. Every key and control of this typewriter has been checked and checked again -- and everything is functioning perfectly.Here's a demonstration clip. 1973 Olivetti Studio 45 Typewriter demo. You can find the Studio 45 on the desks of many typewriter collectors, and in the design collections of museums around the world. The Studio 45 is featured in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, whose website declares: This model is significant as it was part of a short generation of portable typewriters introduced before the advent of electric typewriters and personal computers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Well, that's partly true -- in fact Smith-Corona's first portable electric, the wonderful! 5TE, had been introduced back in 1957, and by the mid-1970s electrics were already outselling these manual machines. The typewriter offered here is clean, functioning perfectly and almost completely stock as originally built. One thing these Olivettis always need at this half-century point in their lives is disassembly and removal of the sound-absorbing pads that line the inside of the bodywork. The foam crumbles to a dust which needs to be blown out of the machine; I did this work and lined the body shell with a fresh layer of adhesive-backed felt, 1/5 of an inch thick.
With this done, the Studio 45 is now a surprisingly quiet typewriter in use. The touch of this typewriter is pure Olivetti -- a new feeling at first if you come from the Smith-Corona world, but delightful as you grow accustomed to it. It somehow feels un-mechanical, as if you were dealing with organic muscles and tendons rather than hard linkages of metal. This is a very quick keyboard action in use -- I'm a 70 wpm typist and this typewriter never slows me down. You can admire the modern, faceted design of the Studio 45 -- I had great fun photographing it -- but I hope you'll devote extra attention to the typing sample.The printed page is the product a typewriter should be judged by, and in this case it's excellent. The Studio 45 is a great design statement that's also a terrific all-day typer. This one is ready for anything you might want to undertake, from a grocery list or thank-you note to a full manuscript. I'm quick to reply if you have any questions now, or as you're getting started with a new typewriter. The item "Olivetti Studio 45 Typewriter withcase, new ribbon Perfect working condition" is in sale since Wednesday, June 23, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters". The seller is "spanghew" and is located in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
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