1588Re: 8800 on eBay
- Aug 15, 2008It was built from a kit, so who knows what happened with the front
panel. I don't recall ever seeing a commercial one advertised in the
magazines. It looks pretty good, but that paint job probably ruined
the collector value- it will never sell for $3500. Also, there
doesn't seem to be a top cover.
Was it IMSAI who used that kind of card guide? I know I've seen
the 'plastic rod with slots cut in it' somewhere before, but not sure
where. Definitely not Altair. The builder must have been a hacker
who got parts from multiple sources.
Among the 9 or 10 boards, I can only identify a MITS 2SIO, CPU-A, and
2K PROM (PMC).
The same guy is selling a $3000 model B in another auction
(150283429668). It has a cover, but several switches will need to be
replaced and the CPU board is missing. The 3 cards in it look like
the front panel interface (D/C Interface), 4K Synchronous dynamic RAM
(S4K), and 4K dynamic RAM (4MCD).
Electrons are cheap- it's too bad so many sellers insist on posting
small photos. To write the auction he used Turbolister, which would
have made it very easy to show larger images.
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> What do you guys make of this 8800 on eBay (Item number:
> Putting aside the absurd starting price for the moment, what do you
> know about that front panel and unusual card guides? Are they
> original MITS items?
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