Brother Super 7800

I bought this Brother Super 7800 purely for comparison purposes, thinking it couldn’t possibly be better than the Brother Super 7300 …

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It’s not.

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Functionality-wise, it has a few more bells and whistles, but aesthetically I prefer the Super 7300.

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The other determining factor when choosing between them is size. Any over-large typewriter that comes my way these days is only with me on a temporary visa so-to-speak. Photos are taken, identity papers are checked, and the machine is sent on its way. As was the case with this Super 7800.

The “case” of the Super 7800 makes you think it’s a lot bigger than the Super 7300 …

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It is bigger, but not by that much.

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The case of the Super 7800 is a lot wider, allowing for storage of cable and plug and a cover. The plastic case is also reinforced by a sturdy metal brace, which is necessary. The Super 7800 may not be a lot bigger then the Super 7300, but it is a lot heavier.

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An unnecessary enhancement is the release lever that flips open the ribbon cover (on the Super 7300 the snap-on ribbon cover pulls off) …

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Ribbon cassettes are the same on both models

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It ain’t rocket science, but “lift-off” tape was a big selling point …

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And it seems there are only six typefaces to choose from. Then again, how many do you need  …?

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The Super 7300 is beautifully proportioned (if you appreciate the fuller figure) …

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… whereas the Super 7800 is strictly business …

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… and let’s face it, ugly …

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The serial number on this one dates it to 1981 …

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A name that came up in an online search was that of James Herriot. But I can’t find any photographic evidence to support the claim that Herriot (real name James Alf Wight) used a Brother Super 7800 …

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Extract from The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting by Darren Sean Wershler-Henry

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Future online searches will at least yield the Brother Super 7800 instruction guide in English, German, French and Spanish. Rather than create a PDF, I’ve included the images here (it’s a relatively short guide) …

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11 thoughts on “Brother Super 7800”

  1. Hi there. My husband has this same type writer.. do you know where we can get the brother super 7800e ribbons from please?

    Kindest regards

    Sharney. A

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  2. I am having trouble finding ribbons for this model. Have found a source for these ribbons. My daughter loves the typewriter, but is worried about finding a ribbon.

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  3. Other than to look on auction sites around the world, no. Sometimes the only way to buy the consumables you want is to buy a second typewriter that comes with them. Good luck!

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  4. Not sure that this is the right place to ask, but I notice you refer to the Super 7300 a bit. Any tips as to where one could pick up ribbon cassettes for this?

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  5. Those are some interesting electrics. I’m sure the marketing department over-played the push button ribbon cover release to the masimum.

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