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    Dunno Stone--I'd think that a Zenith FTM VGA monitor would be far rarer.

    Magnavox by VGA time was owned by Matsushita, no? I've certainly owned Matsushita-branded monitors.

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    Hehehehe... I was offering it to Peter for his Magavox collection.
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    I used to have one of those Magnavox VGA monitors. Cheap low-end stuff.

    Nothing I have is really rare, but off hand -
    A VisiCorp Visi-On manual/software set.
    The battered remains of a CREI 680 educational computer kit
    A no-name Apple II+ clone (also rather beat up).
    Some 8" disks for Altos 8600 Xenix
    A Microsoft Word 1.00 for DOS pre-release disk.
    Columbia Data Products 1600
    Eagle 1600
    Tava PC
    A few other uncommon software titles
    But what seems like the most rare item I posses is A BRAIN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Magnavox by VGA time was owned by Matsushita, no? I've certainly owned Matsushita-branded monitors.
    Mine Says, Philips Consumer Electronics Company, a division of Philips North America Corporation. It was made in November, 1991.
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    That's right-->Philips, Norelco, Magnavox, Sylvania. Sometimes it's hard to remember who ate whom.

    In the early 1990s, you could purchase Philips-branded products as well as Philips-Magnavox ones, which was very confusing, as they were different.

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    Rarest thing I have is probably either my XT 286 (AKA the 5162) or my Kaypro 2 (which was one of the last Kaypro luggables).

    I got some sought after Macs (Quadra 950, IIfx) but they're not as rare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    That's right-->Philips, Norelco, Magnavox, Sylvania. Sometimes it's hard to remember who ate whom.

    In the early 1990s, you could purchase Philips-branded products as well as Philips-Magnavox ones, which was very confusing, as they were different.
    Just to add, I waited until the late 90's to purchase my first 17" color VGA monitor. It was a Gold Star, flat and rectangular screen, and I think it was a Princeton knock-off. My criteria at the time was that it had to be under $600 and it came in just a few pennies under that w/ free shipping from New York. Finally wound up giving it away to someone on the family. Might still be around somewhere.
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    My first VGA was a Sony Multiscan which I'd purchased originally as an EGA monitor. But it could do analog up to 640x480.

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    Same here, sorta'.

    It was an original NEC Multisync that I also got to use as an EGA. It can do 800x560 analog. I ended up buying out a warehouse lot in 1992 and have been selling them ever since.

    FWIW, it had (and still has) one of the best EGA displays I've ever seen.
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    My favorite for EGA was a fixed-frequency Mitsubishi 19" monitor (I believe from a Daisy system). It occupied a goodly portion of my desk and was very heavy, to the extent that my desk legs began to splay. and the top was sagging.

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