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RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: IBM 4956 Series I Minicomputer (plus f ree items available)

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  • Kelly Leavitt
    Here is a more detailed list of what Roy has available. ... Now, if only I could get a couple of those WD1000 boards. Anyone want to stop by and pick up a few
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2005
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      Here is a more detailed list of what Roy has available.

      > I have boxes of Adaptec 4000 controllers (about 60), Shugart S1410
      > controllers (about 150), and some WD1000 controllers (maybe
      > 10). Maybe a few
      > WDXT-GEN boards as well. They are all probably useless
      > clutter that may get
      > tossed soon.
      >
      > I have a Leading Edge 8086 with 10Meg drive), a 2-floppy
      > Eagle with 2 Eagle
      > monitors, an Amdek monitor (either green or amber screen)
      > good for a TRS-80
      > Model I, a few other Model I type monitors. I have a Tandy
      > 1000 and a 1000TL
      > with a Multisync monitor.
      >
      > I have a box of old MFM hard drives: some 5Meg, some 10Meg, a
      > 12Meg, perhaps
      > a 40Meg that was used in an AST 386.
      >
      > I have many boxes of books and manuals, etc from that era.
      >
      > Yeah, I tried to get the Smithsonian to take the Series I but
      > they said they
      > had no room for it.


      Now, if only I could get a couple of those WD1000 boards. Anyone want to
      stop by and pick up a few for me???

      Kelly


      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: billdeg [mailto:billdeg@...]
      > Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 8:29 PM
      > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [midatlanticretro] Re: IBM 4956 Series I Minicomputer (plus
      > free items available)
      >
      >
      > Evan,
      > I will post pictures and a more detailed inventory asap.
      > Bill
      >
      > --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, "Evan" <evan947@y...> wrote:
      > > Bill, that's a great story! Thanks for sharing.
      > >
      > > I might print the 4956 parts in this week's issue of Computer
      > Collector
      > > Newsletter.
      > >
      > > _____
      > >
      > > From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > > [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of billdeg
      > > Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 7:27 PM
      > > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > > Subject: [midatlanticretro] IBM 4956 Series I Minicomputer (plus
      > free items
      > > available)
      > >
      > >
      > > Hello.
      > > This weekend I took a Ford cargo van to Virginia to pick up an IBM
      > > 4956 Series I Minicomputer from Mr. Roy Soltoff. I received a tip
      > > from MARCH's own Kelly Levitt. The system included three
      > harddrives
      > > (weighing about 150 pounds each), a control unit, tape drive, 8"
      > disk
      > > drive. The computer system is housed in twin 6' cabinets. It's a
      > 16-
      > > bit system. I am guessing that this particular unit was
      > originally
      > > installed around ~1979-81. The overall condition is good. I read
      > > that this system was a contemporary of the PDP 11. I must be
      > crazy to
      > > have taken this, but ....
      > >
      > > Roy and I disassembled the IBM system piece by piece and hauled
      > each
      > > component separately into his lawn tractor's trailer. We then
      > took
      > > the items up to the driveway to load into the van. It took 4
      > hours.
      > >
      > > Also included were all the manuals, disks, literature, etc. that
      > came
      > > with the Series I.
      > >
      > > In addition to the IBM, Roy had a lot of interesting stories to
      > tell
      > > about when he was involved with Tandy computers during the TRS 80
      > > era. His company was called Microsys (mike-ross-iss) and he
      > furnished
      > > custom systems and software for the Tandy era. Roy was an (or
      > the)
      > > author of the TRS 80 Model IV operating system. In fact he had a
      > > prototype TRS 80 Model IV computer, without the FCC label and
      > serial
      > > number. It has an all-white keyboard.
      > >
      > > Roy is cleaning house. In addition to the IBM Series I, Roy
      > allowed
      > > me to take whatever else I wanted from his large stash of PC's and
      > > components. I took what I could fit in the van in the space
      > > remaining. My favorite items were the TRS 80 Model IV prototype,
      > > Tandy Model 12, and a Lobo MAX 80 computer. I also took few other
      > > systems and a lot of useful cables, manuals, parts, 8" disks,
      > drives,
      > > and software.
      > >
      > > But there's more there, especially for IBM/PC collectors!
      > >
      > > If anyone is in the VA area, Roy has the following items to give
      > away:
      > > 1) Leading Edge PC (I accidentally took the manuals, call me to
      > > retreive)
      > > 2) Eagle PC w/ twin 5 1/4" and external 5mb Percom harddrive
      > > 3) Tandy PC (it's a 286, can't remember the exact model, TA?)
      > > 4) Tandy 1000 (a nice one, but I can't remember the model, not an
      > SX)
      > > 5) *Tons* of peripheral control cards for TRS and PC systems
      > > 6) TRS 80 model I monitor clone, a nice Magnavox monitor
      > > 7) manuals and software on 5 1/4" and 8"
      > > 8) intersting mystery stuff in various boxes, cables, jacks, etc.
      > >
      > > You would need a van to fit it all if you took everything. Let me
      > > know if you're interested and I will get you in touch with Roy.
      > There
      > > is enough for more than one person.
      > >
      > > Back to the IBM...I have re-assembled it, now I have to figure out
      > how
      > > to use it. I know TSO, which I guess will be the user interface
      > > system, but if you're in the Delaware area, feel free to stop by
      > to
      > > kick the tires and lend a hand. I would like to donate this
      > computer
      > > to a museum after I clean it and test it. This might be a fine
      > > addition to the technology museum in NJ. Perhaps someone needs a
      > 14"
      > > 150 40MB harddrive? ha ha
      > >
      > > Bill
      > > vintagecomputer.net
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > _____
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