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    Default What are the top 10 rarest vintage computer bits you own?

    Just want to see what's out there. I've been sort of thinking about thinning my collection a bit to keep only the rare stuff. This is my list:

    1) Unbuilt set of 9 Mark-8 Boards (around 20ish Mark-8s exist and as yet I've not found another unbuilt set)
    2) SWTPC GT-6144 Video card (haven't found anyone with a site/blog that has one)
    3) Videobrain Expander 1 - (Mine is serial number 67 - I've only found two other people that have them so far)
    4) Tektronix Engineer's 6800 Board Bucket
    5) Digital Group Dual Phideck
    6) RCA Microtutor (Uses the rare 1801 cpu... I've seen 5 or 6 out there but there can't be that many)
    7) Unbuilt Netronics Explorer 85 kit
    Unbuilt Applied Technology DG680 CPU board kit
    9) Unbuilt Altair 680 motherboard
    10) Jupiter Ace

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    How about a Durango F85? I've got two of them.

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    SIM4-01, MP7-02 and MCB-410 ( don't know of another complete )
    Nicolet 1080 ( only 375 made, I only know of 5 in existence ) w/ floppy drive ( only 2 known )
    Trying to come up with 10
    LGP20 Comdyna ( maybe 20 or so )
    EC-1 Heathkit ( maybe a few hundred )
    Dwight

    PS I don't even know what a Durango F85 is??
    Last edited by Dwight Elvey; September 29th, 2018 at 04:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Elvey View Post
    PS I don't even know what a Durango F85 is??
    Isn't it a 4 wheel drive Dodge PU?
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    Isn't it a 4 wheel drive Dodge PU?
    No, SUV
    Dwight

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    Ahhhhh................ right you are.
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    Sheesh:

    http://www.sydex.com/durango/durango.html

    Both of my units are equipped with a hard drive. The earliest uses a large suitcase-sized SA4000 14" drive using HPIB to communicate; the other has a 20 MB Rodime 5.25" in place of the second floppy.

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    BTW: If you have fewer than 10 rare items feel free to post whatever number you do have. I just want to see what else is out there.

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    AMD Thunderbird Athlon 950 Mhz full-speed cache slot A.
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    How about rare items that you've had a part in developing?

    I've got all sorts of rare tidbits; a 1401 core frame, a few "cordwood" modules from a CDC 6600, etc. But the Durango F85 is special to me, as the the Poppy (which I have been fruitlessly looking for for at least 20 years). Narrowly missed one being junked in Australia a few years ago...

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