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If you are just starting out in court reporting you probably want to keep costs as inexpensive as possible. Unless your school or online program requires you to start with a “real-time machine”, you can probably get away with purchasing either a Reporter or Secretarial model. This is a model that was manufactured approximately up until the early 1990′s. It has a rounded or bowl shape. They write on a spool ribbon to paper and have a manual touch. The brand new ribbons for these writers are readily available.

What’s the difference between the Reporter and the Secretarial models? The Reporter model holds a full pack of steno paper and the Secretarial holds a half pack of paper. Other than that the Secretarial is a little smaller in size. They come in charcoal (more like dark green), sand (tan), and avocado (light green) colors. Occasionally you will find painted models. Along with the machine you will also need a tripod, ink, a case, and paper.

What You Need To Know…

  1. All the very early Reporters and Secretarials didn’t have a final DZ key but had a final DS instead. All the modern theories use the final DZ. You want to make sure that you ask that question or you might end up with a useless machine. In some cases we can change out the keys, but with the labor it’s not cheap.
  2. There are also older “antique” writers being sold that use ribbons that are no longer made and impossible to find. Many of these are called Reporter models and look similar to the newer Reporter models. I would suggest that you stay away from any older writers unless you want to put it on a shelf and display it.
  3. Many of the machines have been sitting in storage and might require servicing. If the ad reads “keys work”, that really can mean nothing more than the keys will move the platen. The machine might still need extensive work.
  4. Occasionally you will find Reporter models with a upgraded switch plate allowing it to do realtime.
  5. Know your seller. That is check feedback and make sure there is a track record in order to judge who you are dealing with. Everyone has heard the horror stories when it comes to deals gone bad.
  6. Don’t assume anything and ask questions before you bid. Many sellers selling steno machines for other people and as a result the seller does not know about the product. There maybe inaccurate or just plain wrong descriptions.
  7. Check whether an item has a warranty. Don’t assume because the original buyer had a warranty that the warranty is transferable. Sometimes those warranties require a transfer fee.
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