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    Default I've been watching this auction...

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Altair-8800-...-/401392424758

    It is crazy - up to 2800 with almost 6 hours to go.

    I would love to have an Altair 8800, but the pricing is insane. What really kills me is when they open the box and all it has is 2 boards in it with a little 4 slot backplane!

    I've seen altairkit.com and altairclone.com, but for as few boards as there are in this machine, are there any more reproductions out there?

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    Maybe it's time to stop watchin' it?
    If you're looking for DS/DD or DS/HD 3" or 5" floppy disks, PM me. I've got some new, used, and factory over-labeled disks for sale.

    There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. -- Leonard Cohen
    ☞ Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

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    I don't think I'd bid on it.

    Looks like Shill Bidding is what has bumped the price up.

    With one exception, the only people bidding after $250 have FeedBack Numbers of 1 or 2.

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    What am I missing here? This was an early Rev-0 Altair with a very intact early silkscreen (almost never seen, usually they are worn). This should be worth a bunch more than it was sold for. Then again, I haven't looked at the pictures that closely on a real monitor, just my iPhone.

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    Looks like a great machine---4 slot motherboard with only two edge connectors, CPU and 1K RAM. With docs, a warranty card, and an apparent purchase date of 2/28/75? This Altair looks like a time capsule from the dawn of the era. You could buy this and pretend you're Steve Dompier. Ah... envy.

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    I expected it to go higher, as well.

    *All* Altairs are expensive nowadays -- even the lowly Turnkey (ironically, the best of the bunch in terms of actually *working* ) goes for $2500 with a minimal board set, in tested/working condition. You can still sometimes grab a banged up or empty chassis for under $1000.

    As Corey said, this is a very early rev 0 Altair, the fact that it has the 4-slot backplane and only two boards actually *increases* the value. This was the original configuration. For people wanting to collect systems like these, that adds a lot of value. For someone wanting to hack on the S-100 bus, it makes the machine less desirable. I would suggest that anyone actually wanting to hack on a S-100 based front panel machine would do well to avoid a stock Rev 0 Altair, unless it just falls into your lap through a local purchase or something.

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    Re: "I've seen altairkit.com and altairclone.com ... are there any more reproductions out there? "

    Well, it's not an exact reproduction, but there is the Altair-Duino, https://www.altairduino.com/. Looks like a fun kit. I've ordered one but haven't yet built it.

    Just so I'm clear ... is the four-slot backplane how you know you've got a rev 0 Altair? I ask because an Altair 8800 matching that description came my way a few months ago (needing some serious restoration work, which I hope to get to one of these days ... ).

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    I ordered the altairduino today - it was much more in my budget than the altairclone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worblehat View Post
    Just so I'm clear ... is the four-slot backplane how you know you've got a rev 0 Altair? I ask because an Altair 8800 matching that description came my way a few months ago (needing some serious restoration work, which I hope to get to one of these days ... ).
    The power supply is the other typical giveaway. Dress panel differences can also give a clue as to the age of the machine. It's important to remember that these machines *could* be cobbed together from various bits to make a machine that looks like a rev 0 Altair. Everything interchanges on the S-100 Altairs, from the rev 0 through the 8800B Turnkey. The Altair I use for debugging and proving out other MITS boards is itself a Franken-mutt: 8800B Turnkey chassis and power supply, motherboard out of an 8800A, 8800B full front panel from a parts lot, et c.

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    Don't forget there's also the Briel Altair 8800micro: http://www.brielcomputers.com/wordpress/?cat=18

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