[Coco] Anyone else collect other old computers/game consoles beside the Coco?
jcewy at swbell.net
Fri Aug 26 19:20:26 EDT 2011
On 08/26/2011 05:29 PM, Michael Needham wrote:
> Hi All:
> I collect Tandy Coco naturally, but I also own a TRS-80 Model 4 with 128K
> expansion in perfect condition!
> It is a cool hobby, however, it used to be that running a BBS was the 2nd
> most expensive hobby (in the US at least) only under Model AIrplanes. I
> think vintage computing collecting can be as expensive as model airplanes.
I've gotten almost all my vintage computers for free or very little,
except for the ones I got back before they were 'vintage', which is why
I don't have anything _really_ rare or desirable (with the possible
exception of the TC-9 and MM/1). About 6 or 7 years ago there was a
cool computer surplus store in Wichita where I picked up some goodies.
Mac IIci boxes were $5. I picked up an Amiga 500 with a monitor and
hard drive for something like $35 to $50. And that's also where I found
my Model 4 and 4K silver CoCo for next to nothing. Their dumpster was
interesting as well. Some day I'll see what's needed to revive the
Apple //e I pulled out of there. Alas, like all good things that place
is gone. I got two batches of classic computers from thrift stores in
exchange for helping them price their computer stuff. I said "these are
the ones people are likely to actually use, but I wouldn't mind having
those over there..."
But a lot of it has come out of people's closets after I've helped them
work on their modern PCs, and during conversation mentioned that I
collect antique computers. Many people are loath to chuck them in the
landfill but have no further use for them and are happy to see them go
to a good home.
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