I’m still no nearer to discovering that damned elusive Brother JP-13 wedge  (according to Ted Munk: “[…] there remain only three missing JP models: JP-6, 9, and 13.”).

If I find one I may need to edit this post, however this 1986 Brother AX-30 (JP-12x) is probably as close as I’ll come to a JP-13 …

(Above) A Brother AX-30


It is, as far as I know, part of a series that comprises the AX-10, the AX-12 (AKA Student-Riter II), the AX-20, and the AX-30.

To my mind, the “plain vanilla” AX-10 is the best of the bunch, due of its unadorned simplicity…

(Above) My Brother 1985 AX-10 with a Brother CE-30 in the background

(Above) My Brother AX-10.

(Above) A Brother AX-12.


Without seeing an AX-12 in the flesh, and without instruction guides for any of these four machines, I’m not sure what the differences are.

I do know that the AX-20, like the AX-30, supports 15 pitch in addition to 10 and 12 pitch …

(Above) A Brother AX-20.

(Above) my AX-10 alongside the AX-30 (just passing through).


Until now I hadn’t seen any Brother AX-30 wedges in the wild, nor do I remember seeing any online, so when this one came up locally for $10 AUD I snapped it up, even though one corner of the ribbon cover is snapped, even though I don’t have room for two JP-12x machines (it won’t be taking the place of it’s younger sibling) …

What makes this typewriter even less endearing, apart from the screen, the cracked ribbon cover, and a slight yellowing to the plastic, is its missing keyboard cover—however since it’s the same size as the AX-10 (albeit slightly chubbier due to the LCD screen), the keyboard cover of the latter fits just fine …

Given that the AX-30 has extra function keys and features, it would be nice to have the instruction guide that goes with it.

Interesting extras …

(Above) A serial connector (DIN 45326?) allows you (in theory) to use the AX-30 as an input/output device for your computer—should you happen to have the right interface cable and a compatible computer to connect to.

(Above) What I assume is an impression control switch, located underneath the right-hand side of the platen.

It was set to “I”, setting it to “II” showed no discernible difference, setting it to “III”  put the printwheel into a bit of a tizz.

(Above) As mentioned previously, 15 pitch selection is offered in addition to 12 pitch and 10 pitch.

This AZERTY AX-30 was listed for sale in France and has the keyboard cover I’m missing …

Great little typewriters: Robust (provided you’re careful with the flip-up plastic lids) and portable (having said that, they’re not all that lightweight and you do have to plug them in). Ribbons and print wheels are still fairly easy to come by (although you may have to pay through the nose for the latter).