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Thread: The Rarest Tandy Computer of them All: The Tandy 150

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    Default The Rarest Tandy Computer of them All: The Tandy 150

    Here's something I think most of you have never seen before. The Tandy 150 brochure. And you thought the Tandy 10 was rare?

    http://net.pski.retro.s3.amazonaws.c...0/Tandy150.pdf

    They were only sold from the Tandy Computer Store at Tandy Center in Fort Worth, TX for a short period in 1978 and only a handful were ever sold.

    Here's an older post where we discussed published evidence of the 150:

    http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthrea...ndy-10-amp-150

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    Wow nice find!
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    Sweet!

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    so wait... the desk was part of the package?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBMAT5170 View Post
    so wait... the desk was part of the package?
    According to the brochure, the Tandy 150 desk was optional.

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    According to the US Inflation calculator, the base unit would cost $85,136 today

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    Never saw the 150, but we had a Tandy 10 in the department for awhile. I don't remember what became of it. If you sat on the edge while it was running it'd reboot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pski View Post
    Here's something I think most of you have never seen before. The Tandy 150 brochure. And you thought the Tandy 10 was rare?

    http://net.pski.retro.s3.amazonaws.c...0/Tandy150.pdf

    They were only sold from the Tandy Computer Store at Tandy Center in Fort Worth, TX for a short period in 1978 and only a handful were ever sold.

    Here's an older post where we discussed published evidence of the 150:

    http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthrea...ndy-10-amp-150
    Any idea what processor this thing is running? It says "words" of memory which would lead me to believe it is 16-bit, and in 1978 I believe Texas Instruments was the only game in town with the 9xxx (unless it is custom TTL or a NOVA/PDP/Etc. clone of some sort). My money would be on TI.

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    Someone with more in-depth knowledge of Tandy lore should probably weigh in, but this news blurb suggests that it's based on the intriguingly-named "Naked Mini-4," which according to Wikipedia was a 16-bit TTL minicomputer line sold by Computer Automation, Inc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by commodorejohn View Post
    Someone with more in-depth knowledge of Tandy lore should probably weigh in, but this news blurb suggests that it's based on the intriguingly-named "Naked Mini-4," which according to Wikipedia was a 16-bit TTL minicomputer line sold by Computer Automation, Inc.
    Wow that’s awesome. The naked mini was used as example in a textbook I’ve read from the late 70s and I’ve read the data sheet for the mini itself. Never seen one in the flesh.

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