The Ten Forty is a quality machine with a form factor that places it in an interesting niche on the scale of typewriters from tiny to huge. It's a bit bigger than your traditional ultra-portables designed for easy transport -- think, traveling journalists back then, or jaunts to the local internet cafe today. It's smaller and lighter than your full-sized home portable machines, the ones expected to take up residence on a desk or table and pretty much stay there, even though they're equipped with carry cases for storage. The Ten Forty weighs just 11 pounds 5 ounces out of its case, but is a full-featured machine: basket-shifted, with keyset tab features and a complete keyboard including the numeral 1 and the exclamation point. Under the hood this typewriter also includes a touch control -- it's the red knob visible at left in the photo of the typewriter with its cover removed.
Please study the photos above for a sense of this typewriter's cosmetic condition. The machine has a heavy metal frame wrapped in sturdy Cycolac, a brand name for ABS plastic. The carry case has some wear, and I've reinforced it at the seams; but it is clean, includes its locking key, and protects the typewriter well. Robert Messenger, that guru of the typewriter universe, has a wonderful article about these Remingtons in his blog.He goes deep into the details and distinctions between the high-end, quality Remingtons of this period and the cheaper, flimsier machines the company was then offering for sale. The difference turns out to be not so much the design, as the metallurgy: the best of the Remingtons, like this one, are just built out of sturdier materials.
Unlike its flimsier counterparts, Mr. Messenger writes, the Ten Forty is a top-class, solid little typer. This typewriter will come to you with an original user manual dated 1968, with a fresh bicolor ink ribbon installed, and I'll include a little rubber typing pad that helps quieten everything and keep the machine planted on your desk. I hope you'll spend some time with the images of the specimen page, because this is what you most need to see if you plan to use this typewriter. The type here is the size called elite -- at 12 characters to the inch, it's the smaller of the two most common type sizes.
Line spacing can be set at 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5 or 3 lines. The finer ratchet on the carriage makes this number of choices possible, and it's a nice feature because it gives you more control of the printed page.
The item "Remington Ten Forty Portable Typewriter withcase, ribbon, manual Works perfectly" is in sale since Friday, February 26, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters". The seller is "spanghew" and is located in Edgartown, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation.