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Nice list of my stuff....

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    Nice list of my stuff....

    Forgive me if I miss anything, but I'm going to try and recite this from memory....

    5 Commodore 64's(2 work, 3 for parts)
    2 Commodore 128's(both work, one is set up for HD)
    2 Commodore VIC-20's(one dead, one works)
    2 Commodore +4's (one dead, one works)
    1 Commodore 16 (works)
    1 Commodore SX-64(works, but the built in floppy is dead, I hard wired it to device 10 so I could hook up an external as device
    3 Amiga 500's(all work, one is the rare Rev. 8 motherboard w/full ECS chipset)
    1 Amiga 1000(needs a new keyboard, but works fine otherwise)
    1 Amiga 3000(is being repaired...)

    My SX-64, Rev8 A-500, and my 3000 are the pride and joy of my collection. The SX I literally got for free(it was a package deal...$40 for the SX, printer, software, and ROM friend wanted the ROM burner, so we split the cost. I sold the printer for $20.)
    The Rev8 motherboard cost me $85, and that was cheaper than the guy(owner of Paxtron) was selling them for to everyone else. I ran into him at a NJ hamfest...he had been doing a lot of dealing with a friend of mine, so he cut me a break.
    My 3000 came to me via an interesting story....I had begun buying and selling used Commodore hardware and software, and bought a boatload of stuff(literally took me two trips to bring it all home!) from this guy for $80....I resold the stuff individually, and made over $700...enough to buy the 3000. After getting it home, I found out it was a little flaky(had some chips ready to go up) I did a few more hamfests, made some more money, and upgraded it to the then latest chipset....and dropped a 4.3GB SCSI III drive in it with an adapter. To this day, when it's working right, it boots faster than my fiance's 1.8Ghz IBM compatable, and is way more reliable.
    "There are millions of people out there who swear that I am *NOT* right in the head. There are millions more who swear I *AM* right in the head. Oddly enough, they all make this claim for the SAME REASONS!" - Me.

    ^^^My book.

    Wow! That's a lot of Commodores!

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      Commodore made some nice equipment. I have a c64c, c128, A500, A1200

      Too bad they had crappy management they might still be around.
      What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
      Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
      Boxed apps and games for the above systems
      Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems


        Durable too, I knew a guy who got so mad at his(he was really doing bad at a game he had been really good at)...and tossed the 64 and 1541 out his second story window....landed in his driveway. I stopped him from tossing the monitor, since I couldn't afford one myself back then.
        After he settled down, we went out and picked the stuff up. The 64 had lost a key, and the case was cracked, as was the 1541s...but after taking them back inside, they still worked.
        I was surprised it didn't even knock the drive heads out of allignment.

        *SIGH*...they just don't build them like that anymore.....
        "There are millions of people out there who swear that I am *NOT* right in the head. There are millions more who swear I *AM* right in the head. Oddly enough, they all make this claim for the SAME REASONS!" - Me.

        ^^^My book.


          I did neglect to mention the peripherals for those C='s.....

          4 1541 disk drives
          2 1571 disk drives (both dead)
          3 1581 disk drives
          1 dead MPS-801 printer(heads do not move)
          and a nice variety of monitors...can't remember all the model #s, but all but one work flawlessly.

          I also have a PowerMac that I was given, it works(it's a nice little set up, but I have nothing to use it for)
          There are also a few old PC clones that I was given, but I don't use them either...I figured I'd take them just to save them from the scrap pile. Never know when parts may be needed.
          "There are millions of people out there who swear that I am *NOT* right in the head. There are millions more who swear I *AM* right in the head. Oddly enough, they all make this claim for the SAME REASONS!" - Me.

          ^^^My book.