I also love the smell of typewriters when using one. Maybe I should try typing in the rain — from a safe, dry, covered porch or patio, of course.
I gave in and bought this Hermes 3000. Everything that’s been said about these typewriters is true. The feel of this machine exudes fine Swiss engineering; there’s a near-orgasmic Machine Age sensation to its operation. Bonus factoid: Hermes was associated with Paillard, the same folks famed for Bolex movie cameras.