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Warehouse Haul- Post your wishlists in this thread

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    Warehouse Haul- Post your wishlists in this thread

    Alright guys due to the huge haul Ive found, I figured it would be easy to have a wishlist thread so I know what to look for for you guys..

    Just post what your looking for, itll give me an idea of what to look for

    Thanks again

    This is just 1/4 of it
    Last edited by AppleIIfan; November 20, 2011, 08:01 PM.

    Pet style commodore drive. 8050, 4040, etc. I would love to have a matching drive for my 2001-8.



      I'm big into Tandy 1000 and Tandy Color computer stuff. I'm particularly fond of the rather oddball SX/HX series -- though I have a full collection of those systems things like actual Plus cards would definitely catch my interest.

      "lunchbox" style portables would also catch my attention -- and anything midi/sound related.

      Oh, and if you come across any monitors that do BOTH 9 pin CGA and composite color. Twenty plus years ago I had an AMDEK that allowed for that, and I've been hunting for another for about a decade.
      From time to time the accessibility of a website must be refreshed with the blood of owners and designers. It is its natural manure.


        Amiga and Atari ST systems and related stuff. Apple II peripherals, not systems.


          I'm partial to single board computers and cpu evaluation kits: kim-1, sym-1, aim-65, sdk-85, sdk-86, mek6800*, etc.

          I'm also very interested in rescuing any PLATO equipment (PLATO IV, PLATO V PPT, IST, etc.) that pops up.


            I'd be up for an Amiga 1200 or 4000. I'd also be interested in a Mac SE/30 (mine's not working.)
            Computers: Amiga 1200, DEC VAXStation 4000/60, DEC MicroPDP-11/73
            Synthesizers: Roland JX-10/SH-09/MT-32/D-50, Yamaha DX7-II/V50/TX7/TG33/FB-01, Korg MS-20 Mini/ARP Odyssey/DW-8000/X5DR, Ensoniq SQ-80, E-mu Proteus/2, Moog Satellite, Oberheim SEM
            "'Legacy code' often differs from its suggested alternative by actually working and scaling." - Bjarne Stroustrup


              Looking for a keyboard for an NEC-APC, keyboard model APC-H25.
              CP/M-86 Software Repository


                Here's my current wish list from 68kmla -

                A SE/30
                Mac IIfx
                500MHz Pismo Powerbook - GOT ONE! Traded a Dual 1.0GHz MDD with no power supply for it. It'll be here tomorrow.
                Macintosh Portable (Backlit)
                A TAM, of course... but that won't ever happen.
                A Core 2 Duo or better Mac Mini or iMac
                An External SCSI Apple CD drive


                  Any PDP-stuff perhaps an IMSAI if it would surface.
                  Looking for: anything from SGI or DEC/digital
                  Pictures of my collection:


                    Really obscure stuff, as in "what the heck is it?"
                    Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.


                      Something with an Alpha, or a SPARC, or just anything non-PC\Mac compatible. I've always wanted to play with something non-PC\Mac and the only think I have to do that with is...wait, nothing unless my wireless router counts, it's running Linux.


                        Tandy/TRS-80 in general, Model 4(D) or 6000 in specific.


                          S-100 systems, and computers with 8" drives.


                            Apple 400k External floppy, Apple M0135 20 Meg HD for floppy port.


                              An Apple IIgs SCSI adapter, any CIB 8/16 bit ISA Creative Labs cards - especially a Game Blaster card, any Roland ISA cards, daughterboards, or external units (particularly an SC-55MKII), Gravis Ultrasound (CIB or bare card), a PET floppy drive, an Atari 800 (or 400) - original units only, and any pre-1986 Sierra computer software, CIB or not, for any system.
                              Currently seeking:
                              * Roland MPU-401/AT (with daughter card header)
                              * Magitronic K-156 Keyboard (5pin DIN w/ XT-AT switch)
                              I also collect PC and C64 Sierra On-Line software!