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3944Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: October 7th Wilm. Delaware Swap Meet Info Update

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  • David Comley
    Aug 1, 2006
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      Hmm - Herb, we'd talked a while back about a system
      board for a Sun 3/60. Did you ever happen to find one

      I guess it makes the cut for the date and if not we
      can always do an illicit trade in the parking lot or

      I don't have much to bring with me unfortunately but
      the 3/60 board is something I know I need.

      Those HP87s sound interesting... but the one thing I
      would really really like from that era is a Tangerine
      Systems Microtan 65. Someone must have one out


      --- Herb Johnson <hjohnson@...> wrote:

      > --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, billdeg@...
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > 1989 is the advertised cutoff date. Bring your
      > old stuff, hopefully
      > you can
      > > get a good price for it.
      > > Bill D
      > >
      > I'm going to add some discussion from my end, to
      > shed a bit more light
      > about my thoughts. I don't expect to change the date
      > this time, but
      > discussion may affect the cuttoff date or planning
      > for another such event.
      > I was surprised by the 1989 cutoff, because in prior
      > discussion a "ten
      > year cutoff" was mentioned, which would have been
      > 1996. That
      > eliminates any Pentium computers for instance, which
      > is a good thing.
      > But the mid-1990's INCLUDES some reasonably neat old
      > desktop computers
      > from SGI, Sun, DEC and so forth. These are now in
      > surplus AND most
      > diehard collectors of those systems have them
      > already - that keeps the
      > price lower than it was several years ago.
      > I have a small station wagon. So I can't just bring
      > a lot of stuff and
      > hope some will sell, or that a lot will sell really
      > cheap. I have to
      > be thoughtful about what to bring in the hopes that
      > most of it will
      > not come back. The event was discussed to be mostly,
      > if not entirely,
      > a sales event - not a show and tell event - so I'm
      > not being
      > excessively mercenary, I think.
      > So I have a stack of SGI Indy computers that I could
      > offer for maybe
      > $10-$20 each because there are few inquiries about
      > them today. But
      > they were built in the early 1990's and so I can't
      > bring them. OTOH I
      > have some HP 87 desktops, they were offered in 1982
      > so they make the
      > cut, but probably at a few hundred dollars each (?).
      > I have some Apple
      > II type items, but they go for zero or a few tens of
      > dollars - not
      > worth the space they'd take up in my car.
      > Almost none of my Macintosh stuff will pass the
      > "1989" test; just some
      > compact Macs like the Plus and older. Not even the
      > Color Classic makes
      > the cut, it's from 1993.
      > And what about old S-100 stuff? will anyone there be
      > interested in a
      > big box with some boards in it, if it does not say
      > "IMSAI" or "MITS"?
      > I can bring a working Northstar Horizon (an S-100
      > system) but again
      > it's a $200 or more proposition; and would a
      > NorthStar Advantage (not
      > S-100, looks like a terminal) sell for a similar
      > price or just look
      > funny on my table?
      > I'm reluctant to lay out this discussion, because
      > I'm sure someone
      > will look at my comments and say "dealer" and then
      > make spitting
      > sounds. But if this event is actually intended to
      > let folks bring a
      > few odd bits from their collection and to swap them
      > around while
      > chatting or playing games - and there is nothing
      > wrong with that -
      > then I want to know ASAP. I'll choose a few things
      > to bring, not care
      > if they sell, and fit right in.
      > But if people attending hope to buy stuff, I want
      > some clues about
      > their interests. If it's all strictly about the mass
      > produced machines
      > of the 1980's - Commodores, Atari, Tandy, Apple and
      > so forth - then I
      > don't have much to offer. If there is no interest in
      > old iron from the
      > classic computer companies, or no interest in
      > now-obscure computers of
      > the 1970's and early 80's, then I won't fill my car
      > with them and
      > drive them to Deleware.
      > No insult meant by any of this. Bill is a good
      > fellow, it's his event
      > and he can do it as he chooses. I just want some
      > clues from MARCH
      > members who hope to attend.
      > Herb Johnson
      > Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey USA
      > <a href="http://retrotechnology.com/herbs_stuff/">
      > web site</a>
      > <a href="http://retrotechnology.net/herbs_stuff/">
      > domain mirror</a>
      > my email address: hjohnson AAT retrotechnology DOTT
      > com
      > if no reply, try in a few days: herbjohnson ATT
      > comcast DOTT net
      > "Herb's Stuff": old Mac, SGI, 8-inch floppy drives
      > S-100 IMSAI Altair computers, docs, by "Dr. S-100"

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