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1973 Smith Corona Sterling Serial # 6MSE 229178 1973 Smith Corona Sterling typewriter, Serial # 6MSE 229178 James Grooms's 1973 Smith Corona Sterling typewriter. 2024-03-04 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Grooms: 1973 Smith Corona Sterling Serial # 6MSE 229178 A near perfect cosmetic example of a late Sterling. This one had issues to sort out. The type bar cork pad had dropped and that's a near disaster if you can't get it back in place. An escapement noise on return that was too much to handle even for a S-C. The tab brake was jacked. Then we gave these noisy late models a silent upgrade with some foam essentially matching what they did on the Coronet. The top cover padding cuts out a lot of resonance. On the bottom panel you have to trim for the carriage movement. See the links for tips from PT.

By 73 the price and market for a once top line manual has tanked. I'd argue the quality has went with it. Still a superior machine compared to the old competition, Those that are still around that is.

1973 Smith Corona Sterling #6MSE 229178

Status: My Collection
Hunter: James Grooms (jgrooms)
Created: 03-04-2024 at 02:24PM
Last Edit: 03-04-2024 at 02:39PM


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A near perfect cosmetic example of a late Sterling. This one had issues to sort out. The type bar cork pad had dropped and that's a near disaster if you can't get it back in place. An escapement noise on return that was too much to handle even for a S-C. The tab brake was jacked. Then we gave these noisy late models a silent upgrade with some foam essentially matching what they did on the Coronet. The top cover padding cuts out a lot of resonance. On the bottom panel you have to trim for the carriage movement. See the links for tips from PT.

By 73 the price and market for a once top line manual has tanked. I'd argue the quality has went with it. Still a superior machine compared to the old competition, Those that are still around that is.

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