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Postal Patron
August 29th, 2004, 04:27 PM
What computers do you have most in excess? From thrift stores and trades, I have an abundance of:
1. TI 99/4As, power supplies, and video interfaces
2. Commodore 64s and power supplies
3. Apple IIes from schools

I just have one VIC20, I have avoided them, and got one with a bundle. I have justified keeping them in the attic because it saves them from a junk pile.

I have an extra Atari 800 and Amiga 500, but not in excess like the previous.

I've thrown out an Ohio Scientific C24p in '88 because it had a bad keyboard - won't do that sort again.

August 29th, 2004, 04:33 PM
I guess it depends on how you define "excess" but I have second units of the following:

Heathkit H8/H17 (one pair busted)
Northstar Horizon (both work great, one is a video based system and the other runs a terminal)
Altair 8800 (I have to get one rewired, but it works in its current configuration. It may be for sale after or even at the VCF)
Atari 800 (I think I have 3 or 4. At least two are partially broken)
Apple /// (I have two, one will be sold when I recover it from storage)
Apple IIe (same as the /// above)
TI 99/4a (one is brand new in the box so I'll keep it pristine)

I've also got some spare magazines (extra copies of early Bytes, ROM, Kilobaud Microcomputing, Interface Age etc.) that I should sort and redistribute as well.


Terry Yager
August 29th, 2004, 05:56 PM
KayPros, KayPros, KayPros...ya can't have too many KayPros (I just bbid on another one today). My goal is to have one of every possible variation.


Postal Patron
August 30th, 2004, 05:40 PM
By definition, computers not in active use. By their age, I hate to scrap anything, and would rather store a C64 than throw it away. Besides, SOMEBODY may use it again.

I know a guy from work who used C64s for use in Indian Casinos to display winning numbers, and would just use the motherboard and ditch the keyboards. So you never know what application it may see.

However, space is limited. I have to carefully wrap it and place it in the garage. Hope it doesn't get too hot/cold in there.

This includes old docs and peripherals, like disk drives and printers, no one wants.

August 31st, 2004, 09:41 AM
Uh, if those peripherals are working, I'm sure it is quite easy to sell it away to needing parties, in particular disk drives. Printers may not be as hot, and I dunno about common docs.

Postal Patron
September 4th, 2004, 10:28 AM
In addition to C64s, there is although an excess of 1541 disk drives, and even 1571s are getting pretty cheap right now. Apple drives are pretty cheap too.

Printers, even Tandy vintage are getting hard to get rid of. I'd love to print some vintage programs out, but I didn't use the vintage computers enough, and the printers less to justify their space.

When I see a printer with a vintage lot, I just groan, because most people probably don't want one.

The only exception are small cutesy printers, it seems, for instance for the ones with MC-10s.