1980 Brother XL-7800 #D01278963
Created: 05-31-2014 at 05:03PM
Last Edit: 05-31-2014 at 05:08PM
I've located advertisements that date the Correct-O-Ball line from 1981 to 1983, though its production run likely extended beyond those parameters. Unique features on this typewriter include an interchangeable type ball element and an "independent built-in correction system." Various typefaces were available, including script, pica, elite, grande (a sans serif font like senatorial) and "shadow" (no idea what that looks like).
The Correct-O-Ball line included the 7300 (labeled XL-1 on the faceplate) and the XL-7800. The 7800 is a larger machine (wider platen?) with additional features on either side of the keyboard. These machines were priced from $300 to $600 -- the higher range likely applied to the 7800. Type balls were priced from $20 to $25.
In terms of collecting, Correct-O-Ball can be acquired cheaply. The 7800 seems less common than the 7300.
I passed on this machine at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
Hunter: Mark Adams (adamsmark69)
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