3944Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: October 7th Wilm. Delaware Swap Meet Info Update
- Aug 1, 2006Hmm - 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 email@example.com, billdeg@...__________________________________________________
> > 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
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> "Herb's Stuff": old Mac, SGI, 8-inch floppy drives
> S-100 IMSAI Altair computers, docs, by "Dr. S-100"
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