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Thread: Rod Smallwood's PDP-8 panel reproductions?

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    Default Rod Smallwood's PDP-8 panel reproductions?

    Are these still available? Have a PDP-8e coming but like most the panel no doubt suffers somewhat from ageing. I'd be interested to know folk's experience with the repro panels, particularly as to originality and quality. I understand they may need a tad of minor tinkering with the hole position for the rotary switch for example, that's no big deal. I hope they're as good as they sound and still around! If so does anyone have contact info? Thanks in advance!
    Roger in NY

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    I have to say I bought a pdp-8i panel from him. It is indeed most likely better than the original. I have no contact info for him but would
    assume he still will be selling these. Someone else should chime in with the info you need.

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    You can try rodsmallwood52@btinternet.com

    I bought an 8/e front panel from him. It need a little adjusting to the power switch hole, but otherwise looked beautiful.
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    I think mine came out pretty good as well. See here for a comparison: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/album.php...chmentid=30402

    The original 8/e panel is on the bottom. It's a 1973 Pureto Rico build. Rod's reproduction is on top.

    You'll see that I needed to add the hole for the register select knob and chamfer the power keyswitch hole. I believe Rod only made the version with the border around the knob. No big deal.

    Lou

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    Don't forget that there are two versions of the 8/e front panel. Lou's is the early version where the rotary switch turns a full 180 degrees. Mine was the later version where the rotary switch only turns about 170 degrees.
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    Thanks for the info! Mine doesn't have the white line box around the knob. Rod had my version also so I ordered it.
    Lou, the original '73 panel on the bottom in the pic appears to have a much blacker background, while the one on top looks more gray, is that an artifact of the picture or the actual appearance?

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    Rod's panel is nice and dark, don't worry. It only looks grey in the photo because of the lighting. I had track floodlamps in the ceiling pointed at the rack and Rod's panel was tilted back at a slight angle.

    Lou

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    Yes got it here now, it's beautiful, perfect really... job well done.

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    Mee tooo, what a nice job - absolutely perfect. I need to get a photo of it next to my real one.

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