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alker
January 11th, 2011, 04:54 AM
I'm searching for a silver nameplate for my Altair 8800. Mine is missing the plate.. it could be also a reproduction; do you have any ideas where to get it?

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Chuck(G)
January 11th, 2011, 09:09 AM
I remember getting a quotation from Grant Stockly who makes/made the Altair 8800 replica (http://www.altairkit.com/) and his quotation was about $75 for that strip of aluminum. More than I wanted to spend.

alker
January 12th, 2011, 03:51 AM
yes I know Grant's site but he is not responding to emails for 1 or 2 years.. does anybody know where he is around?

By the way I would also need some of the Altair frontpanel switches - the early ones from the original Altair; any sources?

Lorne
January 12th, 2011, 08:59 AM
Why not try contacting the seller of:
http://www.ez80sbc.com/AltairKit/Auction/AltairKitAuction.htm

If that link doesn't work, do a web search for "Altair Kit".
It's an old auction but still shows up on a web search.

Maybe he's got some parts he'll sell.

alker
January 12th, 2011, 10:01 AM
Why not try contacting the seller of:
http://www.ez80sbc.com/AltairKit/Auction/AltairKitAuction.htm

If that link doesn't work, do a web search for "Altair Kit".
It's an old auction but still shows up on a web search.

Maybe he's got some parts he'll sell.

Thanks for the link.. but this is Grant Stockly himself ;-) .. and he seems to be disappeared for 1-2 years now.. or does anyone here know what happened to him?

Chuck(G)
January 12th, 2011, 10:04 AM
yes I know Grant's site but he is not responding to emails for 1 or 2 years.. does anybody know where he is around?

By the way I would also need some of the Altair frontpanel switches - the early ones from the original Altair; any sources?

Seems to be the usual story with project like these.

I believe the Altair switches are standard C&K 7000 series miniature switches. Should be no problem to find them.

billdeg
January 12th, 2011, 10:23 AM
Many of the original Altair 8800 kit builders did not use the front nameplate on their Altairs. It's normal not to have a nameplate. Probably means it was a kit machine.
Bill

Chuck(G)
January 12th, 2011, 10:37 AM
Many of the original Altair 8800 kit builders did not use the front nameplate on their Altairs. It's normal not to have a nameplate. Probably means it was a kit machine.

The nameplate was a simple adhesive-backed affair--just peel a strip of paper off the back and stick it on. The adhesive dried out after only a couple of years and most folks didn't bother with the chintzy-looking thing after that. I know that mine spent about a decade sitting on a shelf and was discarded during a move.

Why MITS didn't paint a logo on their front panel is a mystery.

billdeg
January 12th, 2011, 12:44 PM
My statement is not entirely accurate given what Chuck is saying. Some percentage of the faceplates have fallen off and some percentage never put them on. My guess is that there are more that fell off.

alker
May 16th, 2011, 02:54 PM
Seems to be the usual story with project like these.

I believe the Altair switches are standard C&K 7000 series miniature switches. Should be no problem to find them.

I checked mouser.com - they have hundreds of C&K 7000 switches.. there are 2 types what are needed for the Altair: MOM-NONE-MOM for the deposit/deposit next and lower switches and ON-NONE-ON for the data switches, right? Can anyone give me a hint or dimensions or a product number on the mouser.com site? Every helps is appreciated.. thanks

RichCini
May 19th, 2011, 06:45 PM
I replaced a few switches on my Altair a long time ago. I don't think that C&K made the original switches, but the replacements I used were 7101SYCQE (power, address, data, and any other SPDT uses), 7105SYCQE (SPDT momentary-off-momentary). Carling also makes equivalent versions you can use. Here's the link to the 7000-series catalog:

http://www.ck-components.com/product-list-page,21095,en.html

deramp5113
March 16th, 2013, 09:37 PM
This is more than a bit late, but I had some Altair nameplates made on 0.02 brushed aluminum. The mits logo and blue swoosh are not raised, but the plate still looks really nice.
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