Every week I receive many e-mails about the Hermes 3000 from serious writers who are a bit confused with all the different models and type styles that Paillard has offered on the 3000 model over the past 40 years. Many are interested in a good solid machine that would hold up if they were to ever actually travel on long treks through the Swiss Alps, or on the Orient Express. Therefore I will try and clear up the confusion and answer some of the questions with a bit of show and tell.
1. The 3000 was the top of the line model and the Media was the discount model. (No tab, etc.)
2. It is very important to have a good platen on all typewriters (live rubber), however on the Hermes it seems to be even more important than on old Underwoods or Royals. I have found that the Hermes will not even print properly with a hard platen. Not to mention how it damages the type face and cuts up the ribbons, etc.
3. Type styles are: Standard pica/elite, script, small pica, Hermes Special, block pica, director pica, director special, director elite, economic, techno pica, techno special and techno elite. The last three seem to have been very popular as I see many machines with those styles in both Hermes and Olympia.
4. A common misconception about the Hermes 3000 is that Steinbeck used one during World War II. The fact is that Steinbeck had his choice of a "Baby Rocket" or the "2000" as the "3000" did not come out until 1958.
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