Here's an interesting combination of the rare and the more commonplace -- custom bodywork on the outside; inside, the proven works of a hugely successful Smith-Corona typewriter line. This example has been gone through carefully -- every function checked and rechecked. Every key and every control now works as it should.Here's a quick video clip of the Commander at work. Typewriter collectors sometimes call these "rebranded" or "reskinned" machines. A note to savvy typewriter hunters: I seek out promising examples of the 5AX for restoration because it's one of my all-time favorite machines. Let me say again: under the skin, a Smith-Corona 5AX is what we are looking at here. This typewriter has a delightfully quick typing action. It also includes all Smith-Corona's premium features from its day: a full keyboard with the number 1 and exclamation point; controls for setting and clearing tabs from the keyboard; keyboard touch control (via a nifty red knob on the front panel, a custom element built for Sears); the pop-up paper support on the back panel, and the sturdy "Trimline" carrying case. How many management meetings went into this renaming decision, we'll never know.
When I restore a typewriter -- a hobby for the past 40 years -- I try to keep everything as close to factory original as possible. This typewriter's original paint has some scuffs at the corners from going in and out of its case, but is otherwise excellent. There's no corrosion anywhere on the machine. Most important among these is the specimen typed page: this is the machine's actual product, exactly what you should want to see if you're serious about using a typewriter rather than merely displaying it.
The specimen page is also important to me as I prepare a typewriter -- I often type a preliminary page, examine it carefully and make fine adjustments before typing the page presented here. The type produced by this machine is pica pitch -- 10 characters to the inch, the larger of the two most common type sizes from this era.
The printed text is clear and crisp and even, a sign that this typewriter has been treated well over the years. The paper roller (platen) looks to be original to this machine, which means it has lost much of its resiliency over the years. When working with typewriters of this vintage, I advise using a second "backing" sheet behind your typed page, to add some cushioning. If you end up falling in love with this machine and want to have the roller refinished, a company called J.
Short (you can find them online) can do this -- and one nice feature of this typewriter is the easy way the roller removes without need for any tools. The item "Tower Commander typewriter (Smith-Corona) withcase+new ribbon working perfectly" is in sale since Monday, June 28, 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.