RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: IBM 4956 Series I Minicomputer (plus f ree items available)
- View SourceHere is a more detailed list of what Roy has available.
> I have boxes of Adaptec 4000 controllers (about 60), Shugart S1410Now, if only I could get a couple of those WD1000 boards. Anyone want to
> 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.
stop by and pick up a few for me???
> -----Original Message-----
> From: billdeg [mailto:billdeg@...]
> Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 8:29 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [midatlanticretro] Re: IBM 4956 Series I Minicomputer (plus
> free items available)
> I will post pictures and a more detailed inventory asap.
> --- In email@example.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
> > Newsletter.
> > _____
> > From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of billdeg
> > Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 7:27 PM
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > 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
> > (weighing about 150 pounds each), a control unit, tape drive, 8"
> > drive. The computer system is housed in twin 6' cabinets. It's a
> > bit system. I am guessing that this particular unit was
> > 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
> > component separately into his lawn tractor's trailer. We then
> > the items up to the driveway to load into the van. It took 4
> > Also included were all the manuals, disks, literature, etc. that
> > with the Series I.
> > In addition to the IBM, Roy had a lot of interesting stories to
> > about when he was involved with Tandy computers during the TRS 80
> > era. His company was called Microsys (mike-ross-iss) and he
> > custom systems and software for the Tandy era. Roy was an (or
> > 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
> > number. It has an all-white keyboard.
> > Roy is cleaning house. In addition to the IBM Series I, Roy
> > 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,
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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.
> > is enough for more than one person.
> > Back to the IBM...I have re-assembled it, now I have to figure out
> > 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
> > kick the tires and lend a hand. I would like to donate this
> > 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
> > 150 40MB harddrive? ha ha
> > Bill
> > vintagecomputer.net
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