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Kmart (Brother): Typewriter Serial Number Age List

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Serial Number Table Last Edited: 08/7/17 02:56
NOTE: dates shown are JAN 1 unless noted, so the serial number shown is the *first* serial number produced the given year. Exceptions are serial numbers preceded by "up to"(where you can assume that the numbers reported in that subsection are DECEMBER 31, END OF YEAR NUMBERS) or rows where a month is given in the month column. If the serial number is shown as a range (xxxx-xxxx) it indicates that we know the entire range of serial numbers for the given year.

Models and s/n Y M D Remarks Ref.
Portables, Desk Models, Electrics and Electronics    
        Brother serial numbers have an embedded date code which tells you the Month (usually), and the final digit of the year the machine was made. There is no "decade" code, so in order to tell if a serial number starting with "A4" was made in January 1964, 1974, 1984 or 1994, one has to examine general telling construction features in models that were made over several decades to determine the decade in which it was made. The branding can also be helpful. 43,44

Serial Location

Brother serial numbers are stamped onto a metallic label that is applied to the back shell of the machine. Usually the label will state "Built in Nagoya, Japan" or some variation of this, and on Store-Branded machines, will also state the store's model designation.  

RULE ONE

(Month Code)
The First Digit of your serial number is usually a letter. This is the "Month Code" which tells you what month your machine was made in. The letters are A through M, omitting "I" (which could be mistaken for the number "1").
  • A = January
  • B = February
  • C = March
  • D = April
  • E = May
  • F = June
  • G = July
  • H = August
  • J = September
  • K = October
  • L = November
  • M = December
Note that we have seen more than a few examples here in the Database which have no letter month code. It seems to be the case that in these examples, the first digit is the "Year Code". (see below)
NOTE: Many early examples of the JP-1 have the date code "P". These all appear to be first year of production 1961 machines - Valiants, Wizard Truetypes and Bradfords with wire-loop paper rests. It is probable that Brother used the "P" prefix when ramping up initial production, and then later reverting to the Month Codes listed above.
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RULE TWO

(Year Code)
The Second Digit of your serial number is a number from 0-9. This is the "Year Code", and is the final digit of the year that the machine was made in. To find out what decade your machine was made in, it is necessary to consider in which decade the model was made, and certain features in models that were made for multiple decades. (see below) 43,44

RULE THREE

(after 1980)
The Third and Fourth Digit of many serial numbers beyond 1980 are numbers from 0-9. These are a "Model Code" in serial numbers that have them. Source #44 tells us the Model Codes for the circa 1985 2024L Dot Matrix Printer, and these are the only ones we know for sure. Examination of examples in the database suggest that early models such as the JP-1 do not have model codes. It is possible that electronic wedge machines do. 44

RULE FOUR

(Find Your Decade Range)
How to figure out the Decade in which your machine was manufactured. Now that your serial number has informed you which month and the final digit of the year that your machine was made in, what remains is to figure out which decade it was created in. Brother has been building machines (not only typewriters, but sewing machines, word processors, computer printers and other appliances) since 1961 up to the present day. These machines all have a serial number that follow the above patterns. Thus, to find the decade, you need to find out what specific MODEL TYPE your typewriter is. This is not the "Model" designation that is stated on the machine itself, although you can sometimes determine the MODEL TYPE from the "Model" designation. Brother typewriters were branded in a dizzying array of Brands and Models, though, so it's usually more useful to refer to what the machine looks like and what it's features are. Below is a table defining the 21 "JP" MODEL TYPES, what models were generally contained within that MODEL TYPE, what years they were in production, and what features to look for within certain decades. 47

Example

Let's take some examples from a collector with a wide variety of MODEL TYPEs to try out.
Here's a good one, the Brother section of Mr. Martin's Typewriter Museum.
First one, his Signature 510D serial #C00557290. This large-ish manual is a JP-3, only made between 1964 and 1975. It would be March (C), 1970 (0).
Second, the Brother Accord 10 serial #G81552668 would be a JP-7 made in July (G), 1978 (8), as the JP-7 was only made between 1975 and about 1984.
Third, his Brother Opus 885 serial #D9387228 would be a JP-1 with white keytops and straight-bar paper rest that would have to have been made between 1964 and 1974. Thus April (D), 1969 (9).
The fourth one, the Brother Correct-O-Ball XL-1 serial #H11305441 is a JP-11, made from 1977 to around 1984. August (H), 1981 (1).
I recognize the next two examples as a JP-10 and a JP-12 without serial numbers provided for exact dating.
 
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-1       Small, flat, carriage-shifted portable manual typewriter. Manufactured in at least 6 different metal shells, and at least one rounded plastic shell.  
x1xxxxx 1961     JP-1 Began. Features: White keytops, wire loop paper rest that folds over machine, or on less expensive models, no paper rest, but a metal carriage shell painted the same color as the rest of the shell.
Known Models: Brother Valiant, Bradford, Brother Deluxe, Wizard TrueType
 
x2xxxxx 1962     Known Models: Valiant, Bradford, Wizard Truetype  
x3xxxxx 1963     Known Models: Signature 100 (Montgomery Ward begins branding Brothers in this year), Valiant, Bradford, Wizard Truetype  
x4xxxxx 1964     JP-1 Design change: Wire loop paper rest discontinued sometime in 1964. Replaced with straight bar switchblade-style paper rest. White keytops continue.
JP-1 Models made prior to this design change will have WHITE keytops and WIRE LOOP PAPER REST or NO PAPER REST. Models made after will have WHITE keytops and STRAIGHT BAR PAPER REST.
Known Models: Brother 700, 1200, 1600, 2000. (these ended 1977?) Brother 800, 800T, 850TR, 900, 1350, 660. (these ended 1979?) Charger 11, K-Mart 100, Signature 440 (metal, dk grey with white keys), Valiant, Bradford, Wizard Truetype
 
x5xxxxx 1965     Known Models: Webster, Brother Deluxe, Wizard Truetype, Typemaster  
x6xxxxx 1966     Known Models: Brother DeLuxe, 895, Wizard TrueType, Signature 440T (metal, white w/dk grey keys or dk grey with white keys), Sears, K-Mart 100  
x7xxxxx 1967     Known Models: Brother Charger 870, DeLuxe, Opus 888, Webster XL-500, K-Mart 100, Majestic 600, Wizard Truetype  
x8xxxxx 1968     By 1968, Brother began manufacturing Cycolac plastic-shelled JP-1 typewriters for Montgomery Ward and other retailers.
Known Models: Brother DeLuxe, Signature 440T (plastic, brown), Webster XL-500, K-Mart Deluxe 100, Wizard Truetype
 
x9xxxxx 1969     Known Models: Brother Pro-Line 715, Deluxe, Opus 885, Webster XL-500, XL-800, Signature 440T (plastic, brown), Wizard Truetype  
x0xxxxx 1970     Known Models: Brother Opus 888, 889, Pro-Line 714, Echelon 77, Echelon 91, Webster XL-747, Signature 300T (plastic, beige), 440T (plastic, yellow), Wizard Truetype  
x1xxxxx 1971     Known Models: Brother Deluxe 1350, Valiant 391, Webster XL-747, Wedgefield 100, Majestic 812, Wizard Truetype  
x2xxxxx 1972     Known Models: Brother Charger 11, Activator 899, Wizard Automatic, Wedgefield 100  
x3xxxxx 1973     Known Models: K-Mart 200  
x4xxxxx 1974     In late 1974 and 1975, all JP-1 models were gradually migrated from having white keytops to black keytops. JP-5 and JP-7 manual typewriters began, and they all have black keytops.
JP-1 Models made prior to this design change will have WHITE keytops. Models made after will have BLACK keytops. (exception: many 1966 Signature 440T models have DARK GREY keytops)
 
x5xxxxx 1975     Known Models: Brother 300T, 1300, 1350, Performer (333RS), 800, 800T, 850TR, 900, Charger 11 (C-11), Sears Correction, Celebrity 12 with Correction, Majestic 600, 812  
x6xxxxx 1976     Known Models: Brother Charger 11  
x7xxxxx 1977     JP-1 minor design changes, Many metal-shelled models now have a black plastic carriage shell piece with paper rest omitted.
Began Brother Models 100, 200, 210, 222, 240T, 250TR, 262TR.
Known Models: Brother Charger 11
 
x8xxxxx 1978     Known Models: Brother M100, Charger 11 (C-11), 200, 210, 220, 240T, 250TR, 300, 300T, 350TR, 800, 800T, 850TR, 900, 1300, 1350, Performer (333RS).  
x9xxxxx 1979        
x0xxxxx 1980     Many Brother typewriters of 1980 have a sticker celebrating "10 million typewriters made 1961-1980"
Known Models: Brother Deluxe 220, Citation Correction
 
x1xxxxx 1981        
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for suggests that the JP-1 was still either in production, or was at least still under warranty.  
x3xxxxx 1983        
x4xxxxx 1984        
x5xxxxx 1985     Known Models: Brother Charger 11  
x6xxxxx 1986        
x7xxxxx 1987     Known Models: Brother Charger 11  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-2       Small, portable, Electric typebar typewriter. Distinctive Push-button ribbon color selector.  
x5xxxxx 1965     JP-2 Began. 49
x8xxxxx 1968     JP-2 Offered in 1968 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog as "Signature 1010".  
x5xxxxx 1975     JP-2 Modified. Known Models: Brother 6211, 6213, 711, 713, Signature 1010D, 1013D, 1003D.  
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for suggests that the JP-2 was still either in production, or was at least still under warranty.  
x4xxxxx 1984     I've found no evidence that the JP-2 was manufactured past 1984.  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-3       Large, portable, Segment-Shifted Manual typewriter. Distinctive Push-button ribbon color selector.  
x4xxxxx 1964     JP-3 Began.
Known Models: Signature 510, 511, 510D, 511D
 
x5xxxxx 1965     Known Models: Signature 500, 510  
x9xxxxx 1969     Known Models: Brother Pro-Line 715  
x0xxxxx 1970     Known Models: Signature 510D, Brother Echelon 91  
x1xxxxx 1971     Known Models: Signature 511D, Brother Opus 901  
x5xxxxx 1975     JP-3 Discontinued.  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-4       Compact Electric typebar typewriter.  
x4xxxxx 1964     JP-4 Probably began.  
x0xxxxx 1970     JP-4 Confirmed existed.
Known Models: Brother 1210, 1220, 1230, 1720, 1730, XL-3000, 4011, Remington 611, 612, Signature 810, 811D, 812D
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x1xxxxx 1971     JP-4 Modified.
Known Models: Brother 1230, 1730, 4511, Remington 612, Signature 812
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x3xxxxx 1973     JP-4 Modified.
Known Models: Brother 1230, 1730, Signature 812D, Webster XL3000, Wedgefield 1000, Remington Monarch 611, Automatic 613
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x5xxxxx 1975     JP-4 Probably Discontinued.  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-5       Segment-Shifted, Plastic-Shelled, portable Dowel Rod Manual typewriter.  
x4xxxxx 1974     JP-5 Began.
Known Models: Brother 1600, 1613, Full-Matic 24
 
x5xxxxx 1975     JP-5 Confirmed Existed.
Known Models: Sears Manual 1, Manual 2
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x6xxxxx 1976     Known Models: Sears Manual 1, Manual 2  
x1xxxxx 1981     Known Models: Brother Deluxe 1613  
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for suggests that the JP-5 was still either in production, or was at least still under warranty. 47
x4xxxxx 1984     I've found no evidence that the JP-5 was manufactured past 1984.  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-6       Brother MODEL TYPE pattern suggests that if it did exist, it would have been an Electric Typebar machine.  
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for DOES NOT mention the JP-6. 47
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-7       Deluxe Plastic-Shelled, portable, Dowel Rod Manual typewriter.  
x5xxxxx 1975     JP-7 Began.
Known Models: Brother 700, 700T, 750TR, 760TR, 762TR
 
x6xxxxx 1976     JP-7 Began.
Known Models: Brother 300 Deluxe 12
 
x7xxxxx 1977     Known Models: Brother M650TR, M660TR, M662TR, M700, M700T, M750TR, Accord 10, M750TR (Arabic), M760TR, M760TR (With Variable Platen), M760TR (Arabic), M762TR, Accord 12, M762TR (With Variable Platen), M762TR (Arabic), K-Mart 300 Deluxe 12  
x8xxxxx 1978     Known Models: Brother Accord 10  
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for suggests that the JP-7 was still either in production, or was at least still under warranty. 47
x4xxxxx 1984     I've found no evidence that the JP-7 was manufactured past 1984.  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-8       "Full" Electric Typebar portable.  
x1xxxxx 1971     Models Known: Brother 3500, 3512, 4500, 4512. 47
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for suggests that the JP-8 was still either in production, or was at least still under warranty. 47
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-9       Probably an Electric Typebar portable.  
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for DOES NOT mention the JP-9. 47
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-10       Portable Electric typebar typewriter with Cassette Ribbon.  
x5xxxxx 1975     JP-10 Probably Began.  
x6xxxxx 1976     Design change to electrical components and power roll. 47
x1xxxxx 1981     Design change, major revision to Parts & Service manual. 47
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for suggests that the JP-10 was still either in production, or was at least still under warranty. 47
x3xxxxx 1983     Known Models: L-10, XL-10, XL20, XL-80.  
x4xxxxx 1984     I've found no evidence that the JP-10 was manufactured past 1984.  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-11       Portable Correcting Electric Ball Element typewriter.  
x7xxxxx 1977     JP-11 Probably Began.  
x1xxxxx 1981     Known Models: Brother Correct-O-Ball XL-1, 7200, Super 7200, Super 7200D, 7300, Super 7300, Super 7300D 47
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for DOES NOT mention the JP-11. 47
x3xxxxx 1983     Known Models: 7300.  
x4xxxxx 1984     Known Models: 7300.  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-11X       Electronic Daisywheel typewriter. (CE Series)  
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for DOES NOT mention the JP-11x. 47
x4xxxxx 1984     Known Models: CE-25, Compactronic I 47
x5xxxxx 1985     Known Models: Brother CE-25, CE-222, CE-30, CE-35, CE-333, Correctronic 35, Compactronic 333, Student-Riter XL1, Pro-Riter XL II 47
x6xxxxx 1986     Known Models: Brother CE-25, CE-222, CE-35, CE-333 47
x8xxxxx 1988     Known Models: Brother CE-30  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-12       Portable Electric typebar typewriter with Cassette Ribbon.  
x2xxxxx 1972     Known Models: Brother Electric 3000 (Spiegel Christmas Catalog 1972)  
x7xxxxx 1977     Known Models: Model M4612, Profile AUTOMATIC 12, M3112, Profile ELECTRIC 12, M4600, Fairmont AUTOMATIC 12, M3612, M3600, M4812, M4712, Correct-O-Riter I. 47
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for suggests that the JP-12 was still either in production, or was at least still under warranty. 47
x5xxxxx 1985     Known Models: Correct-O-Riter  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-12X       Electronic Daisywheel typewriter. (AX Series)  
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for DOES NOT mention the JP-12X. 47
x5xxxxx 1985     Known Models: Brother AX-10, AX-12, AX-15M, AX-20, AX-33, B-10M, Compactronic 300M, Compactronic 310, Compactronic 350, EM-30, EM-30 II, EM-31 47
x6xxxxx 1986     Known Models: Brother AX-10, AX-12, Compactronic 300 47
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-13       No information known.  
x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for DOES NOT mention the JP-13. 47
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-14       Portable Correcting Electric Ball Element typewriter. (Correct-O-Ball)  
x8xxxxx 1978     JP-14 Began.
Known Models: Brother Select-O-Riter, Select-O-Riter II, Selecta 7500, 7600, Super 7800, Correct-O-Ball XL-7800, Super 7900
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x2xxxxx 1982     A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for suggests that the JP-14 was still either in production, or was at least still under warranty. 47
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-15, JP-15X       Electronic Daisywheel typewriter. (EM Series)  
x0xxxxx 1980     Known Models: EM-1 (JP-15) 49
x2xxxxx 1982     Known Models: EM-1, EM-2 (JP-15)
A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for suggests that the JP-15 was still either in production, or was at least still under warranty. This document DOES NOT mention the JP-15X.
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x3xxxxx 1983     Known Models: EM-1, EM-2 (JP-15)
Known Models: EM-100, EM-200, EM-701, EM-711 (JP-15x)
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x4xxxxx 1984     Known Models: EM-1, EM-2 (JP-15)
Known Models: EM-80, EM-85, EM-100, EM-200 (JP-15x)
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x5xxxxx 1985     Known Models: EM-1, EM-2 (JP-15)
Known Models: EM-200, EM-501, EM-511, EM-701, EM-711 (JP-15x)
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x6xxxxx 1986     Known Models: EM-1, EM-2 (JP-15)
Known Models: EM-80, EM-85, EM-100, EM-200, EM-250, EM-501, EM-511, EM-701, EM-711, EM-811, EM-1000 (JP-15x)
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MODEL TYPE: JP-16, JP-16X, JP-16XX       Electronic Daisywheel typewriter. (CE Series)  
x1xxxxx 1981     Known Models: Brother M8300, M8400, M9300 (JP-16) 47
x2xxxxx 1982     Known Models: Brother M8300, M9300 (JP-16)
Known Models: CE-50, Correctronic 50, CE-60, Compactronic 60, Executron 65 (JP-16X)
A 1982 addendum showing which models the technician was expected to keep specialized tools for suggests that the JP-16 was still either in production, or was at least still under warranty.
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x3xxxxx 1983     Known Models: CE-40, Correctronic 40, CE-70, Executron 70 (JP-16X) 47
x4xxxxx 1984     Known Models: Brother M8300, M9300 (JP-16)
Known Models: CE-40, CE-45, CE-50, CE-58, Compactronic 58, CE-60, CE-65, CE-68, Executron 68, CE-70 (JP-16X)
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x5xxxxx 1985     Known Models: CE-40, CE-45, CE-50, CE-50XL, CE-58, CE-555, CE-60, CE-65, CE-68, CE-666, CE-70, EM-80, EM-85 (JP-16X) 47
x6xxxxx 1986     Known Models: Brother M8300, M9300 (JP-16)
Known Models: EM401, Professional 90, Professional 400, CE-40, CE-45, CE-50, CE550, CE-555, CE-58, CE-60, CE-65, CE-666, CE-68, CE-70 (JP-16X)
Known Models: EM411, CE650, X70, Professional 80, Professional 440 (JP-16XX)
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x7xxxxx 1987     Known Models: Professional 95, Professional 420, Professional 460 (JP-16XX) 47
           
         
MODEL TYPE: JP-17       Unknown. I have no record of a JP-17 ever existing.  
           
MODEL TYPE: JP-18       Electronic Daisywheel typewriter. (AX Series)  
x5xxxxx 1985     Known Models: AX-10 (JP-18). 49
x7xxxxx 1987     Known Models: AX-24, AX-22, AX-26, AX-28, AX-18. AX-15, Correctronic 320, Correctronic 340, Correctronic 360, Correctronic 380 (JP-18).
Note: The AX-24 and Correctronic 340 are "V20 Type" (Made in USA) vs. "V10 Type" (Made in Japan).
Note: The AX-26 and Correctronic 360 are "V30 Type" vs. "V10 Type".
Note: The AX-28 and Correctronic 380 are "V30 Type" vs. "V10 Type".
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x8xxxxx 1988     Known Models: AX-25 (JP-18).
Note: The AX-25 is "V25 Type" (Made in USA) vs. "V10 Type" (Made in Japan).
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x9xxxxx 1989     Known Models: AX-22, AX-24, SX-16, SX-23, HQ-220, Correctronic 145, Correctronic 340 (JP-18).
Note: The AX-24, SX-23, HQ-220 and Correctronic 340 are "V62 Type" (Made in USA) vs. "V61 Type" (Made in Japan).
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MODEL EP Series       Portable Electronic Thermal Dot-Matrix typewriter. (EP Series)  
x2xxxxx 1982     EP Series started. Known Models: EP-20  
x3xxxxx 1983     Known Models: EP-20, EP-22  
x4xxxxx 1984        
x5xxxxx 1985     Known Models: EP-43, EP-44, Type-A-Graph  
x6xxxxx 1986        
x7xxxxx 1987     Known Models: EP-5, EP-150 47
           
MODEL AX-β Series       Electronic Daisywheel typewriter. (AX, GX)  
x9xxxxx 1989     AX-β Series started.
Known Models: AX-250, AX-350, AX-110, AX-120, GX-6000, GX-7000
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x2xxxxx 1992     Known Models: GX-6000 47
           
MODEL WP-1α Series       Electronic Word Processing typewriter. (WP-1α Series)  
x7xxxxx 1987     WP-1α Series started.
Known Models: WP-1, WP-5, WP-55, WP-500
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x9xxxxx 1989     Known Models: WP-5, WP-75, WP-80, WP-85, WP-660, WP-6, WP-490, WP-4U, LW-1, WP-60, WP-65, WP-200, CT-1050 47
x7xxxxx 1997     Known Models: WP-5600 MDS  
           
MODEL SX/GX Series       Electronic Daisywheel typewriter. (SX, GX) Scalloped body style in light grey.  
x1xxxxx 2001     Known Models: SX-4000  
x4xxxxx 2004     Known Models: GX-7750  
x5xxxxx 2005     Known Models: SX-4000  
           
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