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27300Re: [midatlanticretro] New S100 mini front panel project

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  • Systems Glitch
    Aug 26, 2012
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      Count me in too -- also, let me know if you need any help bulk-sourcing components. I seem to be good at that.


      On Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:35:24 -0400
      Richard Cini <rich.cini@...> wrote:

      > Fellow vintage computing hobbyists --
      > Don Caprio and I have been working for a few months on a project that's an
      > S-100 card size front panel. Styled after common front panels from the day,
      > it's scaled to fit a standard S-100 card format (5.3" x 10") and includes
      > the usual switches and blinkenlights. Eventually we will open-up the project
      > page (http://fpmini.pbworks.com/w/page/39529866/FP%20Mini) once we clean it
      > up a bit.
      > We just received the latest prototype boards and are going to be building
      > and testing them shortly. We're planning on selling boards and possibly a
      > "switch package" that are miniaturized versions of IMSAI-style paddle
      > switches from NKK.
      > Our goal is to get enough orders to get the board cost down to the $20-25
      > range. We're also trying to work a deal on switch sets. Although the base of
      > the required switches are pretty common, the bat handle colors aren't (blue
      > and red) and require large minimum order quantities. This is something we're
      > trying to work through with the vendor. In volume, we expect that a full
      > switch set will be in the [$100] range or possibly lower. More info to come
      > on this.
      > So that we can get an idea as to how many boards we may need to make during
      > the initial production run, we'd like to gauge people's interest. There is
      > no commitment at this point ‹ only an expression of general interest so we
      > can gauge demand and board order quantities.
      > If anyone is interested, please contact me off-list and I'll keep your
      > emails handy. You can also check out the project page (shown above) to get
      > updates.
      > Rich
      > --
      > Rich Cini
      > Collector of Classic Computers
      > Build Master and lead engineer, Altair32 Emulator
      > http://www.classiccmp.org/cini
      > http://www.classiccmp.org/altair32
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