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    Default Wow this sold fast

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F113715601408

    I wonder what this one went for. Didn't realize they were *that* collectible.

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    Never heard of this computer.

    The seller is noted for outrageous prices.

    https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/a+fool+and+his+money+are+soon+parted

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    Manny Fernandez and Gavilan was a big thing, briefly, in the Silicon Valley community.

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    I like how everything is "Holy Grail" now, instead of R@RE LQQK

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    I suspect the name Gavilan came from the Gavilan hills just South of Silicon Valley a few miles.
    Dwight

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    I think that's correct. If my memory serves (and it doesn't do too well on trivia), Manny was from either Morgan Hill or Gilroy.

    Inc. magazine had a good article on the short-lived Gavilan Computer Corp.

    Bottom line: not enough money. And if you think the eBay price was exorbitant, the original machine, in 1983 dollars was listed at $3995.

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    There's a minty Compass being sold for (slightly) less. I would expect that to be much more desirable.

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    I find the proto-touchpad to be significant for sure.

    I just have a thing against paying $$ for PC or quasi PC compatibles, only exception being the Mindset.

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    I prefer not to spend more than a couple hundred on any one item, including shipping. I've seen complete IBM 5150 systems (w/ original box/monitor/keyboard, etc) go for that kind of price. This hobby gets expensive fast if you don't watch your wallet. Better to wait for another good deal, especially if there's a risk your significant other might get offended with such a frivolous purchase. Though I can see why people with money to blow might be willing to pay for a working system with such a low serial number.
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1000 RSX, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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    I have learned that patience is a virtue. Every now and again a really good deal will come up if you wait long enough, although you have to be fast when it arrives. This guy got a Rev 0 Apple II for not very much money (relatively speaking):

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Origin...sAAOSwCVtcRBNA

    I'd rather have that for $1500 than the Gavilan.

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