But there are points in the process that I'll admit are less than fun. And then there's the occasional setback -- when I've stripped a typewriter down to the mechanism, done everything I thought it needed, reassembled and tested, only to discover that another round of work with the innards is needed.That's when I step away from the machine, take a breather and perhaps a beer, wait until my patience is recharged and I'm ready to get after that typewriter again. That's the way it was with this handsome 1965 Signature 440T, a portable built by Brother of Nagoya, Japan, for sale by the big catalogue retailer, Montgomery-Ward. When everything was back together and fresh paper and ink were installed, I was disappointed by the alignment of caps and lowercase letters.
A cup of coffee and some online reading later, I was back to remove all the body panels, dig back in and finish the job. Now this typewriter works as it should -- every key and control.
It comes complete with a fresh ink ribbon, its original carrying case and a pair of locking keys. Here's a short video of the machine in operation. Signature 440T portable typewriter demo. The Signature 440T was one of many variants of Brother's JP-1 model (sometimes called the "high-brow" because it stands a bit taller on your desk).The type it produces is pica, 10 characters to the inch -- the larger of the two common type sizes. The 440T is an ultraportable: unpacked from its briefcase-style case, it weighs just 10 pounds 7 ounces. It packs a pretty full set of typewriter features -- touch control, 88-character keyboard, full tabulation, bicolor ribbon control -- into a compact form factor. Cosmetically, this typewriter is very good.
There's no corrosion anywhere on the machine. The bodywork is entirely metal, and the sound-damping panels inside are in fine condition.The most notable flaw is a hairline crack in the carriage release lever, which has been glued and is solid now. The briefcase-style carrying case is clean and sound; it has a small crack in one of the side panels, which has also been reinforced. Mechanically, this typewriter is excellent. As is typical with typewriters of this vintage, the rubber feet on the base of the 440T no longer grip the desk effectively.
Most important here, in my view, are the quality of the a typewriter's output and of the user's experience. The specimen page speaks to the first issue -- and the video is an attempt to address the second. In use, this typewriter is quick and comfortable, and the type on the page is clear and even. But few have been gone through as carefully as this one. This one was no exception; now it's ready for you to use and enjoy.
The servicing has already been done. The new ribbon already installed in this machine will be good for several hundred pages. I never offer a typewriter here until I'm satisfied that I've got it working as well as possible. The item "1965 Signature 440T typewriter by Brother, withcase+new ribbon, working perfectly" is in sale since Sunday, July 18, 2021.
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