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    Default Original Altair 8800 in kit form

    Just purchased a lot of vintage computers. I aquired 2 IMSAI 8080 , an ICOM Attache' , 2 SOL-20, various 8 inch Altair floppy drives, NorthStar 5 1/4 drives, a part of a Pertec 300/55 system including the Hard drive controller and Hard drive itself (Very Heavy !), and an original Altair 8800 in kit form. Is the Altair kit valuable in the day and age of people making reproductions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capri388 View Post
    Just purchased a lot of vintage computers.....
    "Where did you get all these toys from.......toys r us?"


    ziloo
    Last edited by ziloo; November 14th, 2017 at 11:13 PM.

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    Short answer, yes. Rather.

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    I’d say, put that kit on eBay and watch the bids roar in.

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    Originals are always worth more than reproductions it seems -- the few original OSI boards I've sold go for way more than the reproductions Dave and I have made. I'd imagine it's even more so with Altair stuff. Finding a vintage, unbuilt kit is extremely rare, and you'll have two main groups fighting over it: those who want to *build* it, and those who want it as part of their collection.

    Very good equipment haul, by the way. I keep telling folks that this stuff isn't as rare as some people want you to believe, it's just a matter of getting out there and finding it. The real deals aren't sitting on eBay.

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    It was an online auction that was local. Got a lot of other cool interface stuff as well

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    Any luck getting any of these relics up and running again? I have been looking for an Altair 8800 and a IMSAI 8080 and a SOL 20, to add to my collection.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyqKAwSxMFE

    I have a second original Apple II on its way, that I will be willing to trade, as soon as I check it out, and get it working again.

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    Wow an altair 8800 in kit form. drool...

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    Rebuilt the keyboards and replaced some bad ram chips in the SOL-20 computers. They are both up and running. I will hook up a cassette to the and check out those ports. Both of the IMSAI -8080s are now powering up and I have programmed some simple test programs through the front panel and they responded great. The Pertec Attache comes up, but its looking for a disk drive. I also fixed the Pertec 80mb hard drive. Still sorting through stuff. Purchased an old Sanyo monitor to check these old machines out.

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