Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: IBM front panel [1 Attachment]
- Carl, I really didn't take that close of look at it when I posted my message about being for sale, but after your email below I did go back and looked at various images of the IBM 360/30 and yes you're right. However, in all cases the the different plates seem to be off color from one another. I have attached an image of the IBM 360/30 on display at the Computer History Museum, the plates on it too seem to be very off color, especially the middle upper right plate. Is it a modified 360/30 also??
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Subject: [midatlanticretro] Re: IBM front panel [1 Attachment]
_,_._,___The front panel was not from a stock 360 / 30. It had been modified, most likely by a leasing company stuck with the machine once the 370 line was available. It was not uncommon for leasing companies to modify the 360 machines to speed them up or otherwise make them more ‘competitive’ with the 370s, hoping to convince someone to take the model 30 instead of a 370. Look near the upper right, where a segment of the panel was replaced with non-IBM circuitry. It appears that this model 30 was configured with a much larger main memory than was possible from IBM. It may have had other changes to increase speed, but if they exist they aren’t hinted at by the lights and switches on this panel. I suspect the machine was converted to monolithic memory.I suspect that collectors wouldn’t value a panel that wasn’t original as highly as they would if it had been stock. Matching the blank plate that was removed for this modification would be challenging – look at how the color and surface texture differences stand out between the metal in the add-on plate and the other parts of the console panel.Carl