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I have to spend a few days away from home and I'm thinking it would be an opportunity to escape from the internet for a few days and get some writing done.

I want to take my typewriter with me.  However, I'm staying in a guest house and I don't want to disturb others.    I would just type for an hour or two after dinner, not past 9 pm.

Would you be disturbed by the sound of a typewriter?  Would it make you happy?  Would you throw stuff at me or file a noise complaint with the police?  

What's the general attitude towards typewriters in this day and age?  
 
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I started out on a manual typewriter and considered an electric one a major upgrade. Despite being in the computer age, I made sure both my boys learned to touch type. I'm sure they aren't the *only* 20-somethings that know how to touch type, but I am beginning to think they are a serious minority.

That said, you'd be welcome in my guest house with a typewriter, and I'd ask you if you'd like tea to go with!  I agree with setting yourself a 9 pm curfew though.

If there are some people who notice the noise, some gentle back-ground music could help. So many people listen to music in head-phones these days, they may provide their own back-ground music.

Good luck on your trip.
 
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I wonder how many people would even recognize the sound anymore.

If you are at a guest house, maybe try to work into the conversation that you are an Author working on your masterpiecešŸ˜€ If people know ahead of time that you are limiting your time with it, I am sure they will be appreciative for your consideration and ok with it knowing you wont be typing crazy hours.

Have fun!
 
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It could be a soothing white noise. Iā€™d be fine with it.
 
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I was very self conscious about using mine when I lived with 4 others in a co-op.
Turns out no one minded and if they said anything it was something positive! That they liked the sound or found it charming!
I don't think you should worry. After all, people put up with such a lot of sounds from machinery; vacuums to blenders to trains, etc.
 
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Hej!
I hate to be the lone voice of dissent, but it would personally  drive me crazy. I have ADHD, and one of its characteristics is the inability to automatically ignore distractions.The erratic , percussive nature of the sound a typewriter makes would be absolutely impossible to ignore- I know this from personal experience: when I was a child, my mother used to type late into the night, in the room right  next to my bedroom, amd then wonder why I didn't fall asleep, or couldn't focus on schoolwork.
 
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All good answers.

I'm still on the fence about this.  In that case, it might be better to take a pen, notepad and a bottle of ink.  Lighter weight too.
 
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The sound would bother me too even though I kind of like it when it's me making the sound.  ;)  It seems like the other thread about the teething baby.  Maybe not so annoying for some and homicide-inducing for others.

You might think about taking your laptop (assuming you have one) and just disable the wifi antenna until you return home.  That is what I do when I'm at my homestead and it is really nice.  Longhand is nice sometimes for me but I censor more that way.  And with my laptop, I can still use all the features and enjoy my keyboard (which is super sensitive so it doesn't slow my typing).

 
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