My friend Alfred presented me with a beautiful Hermes 2000, old-style with glossy black paint and all. The serial number 43485 dates it to 1938. While giving it a thorough cleaning, I really came to admire its clever built, including features like thick felt noise dampener, or a screw to adjust typing strength - I always wanted to know how that one works. In general, the Hermes 2000 was very easy to disassemble, a logical structure with just enough and well-built screws to give it major stability, at the same time nothing superfluous. Courtesy of its inventor, Giuseppe Prezioso (rumour has it he took a lot of his ideas for the Hermes 2000 from his former job at the Oliver Typewriter (Italy) Ltd., which was the Italian branch of the English company, and which produced the Oliver portable typewriter).