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For those who don't know my background, I had been forced to live on the "super cheap" for four years In starting over with court reporting several years ago, I had to buy the cheapest writer I could find. I chose the Stenoram II, for it's looks and quality. The touch is fantastic.
Last week I bought another Stenoram II off e-bay for $80.00. I cleaned it up a little. I adjusted the stroke spacing to almost nothing. (Another story - another paragraph). Plugged it in (battery doesn't work), attached my newly-fixed realtime cable - and I now have a second writer in my home office sat up just for transcribing. All for $100 (I had to pay for shipping).
I realize most of you have the disks or the memory cards - but for those few of us who don't fit into that category, we can do it cheaper.
Do you have a Batteries Plus store near you? They might sell those lead-acid batteries that the StenoRam II uses. I got replacement batteries for my BaronTX from there before I got rid of it, and it was a heck of a lot cheaper than what Stenograph and the other CR supply houses were selling them for at that time.
Those old writers do have a durability about them that you won't find in the newer writers, like a metal shell. They also weigh a ton and a half!