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IEEE-488 cable

cosam

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I'm looking for an IEEE-488 cable with which to connect a Commodore PET to a 8050 disk drive. Preference would of course go to one with the PET edge connector at one end. Failing that, one to which I could graft said connector would be an option.

Thanks!
 

patscc

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Are there no electronics vendors in the Netherlands where you can get the IDC connectors, some ribbon cable, and crimp them yourself with a vise and a couple of pieces of wood ?
patscc
 

MikeS

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Well, if you get that stuff here before I cut a deal........
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Nah, let Cosam have it; he asked first and probably needs it more than I do. Patscc has offered to make me one when he makes one for himself, and if I can find the connector(s) I might also make a couple myself.
 

cosam

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I got a drive cable with the 4032 that I bought and, since I gave the dual-drive system I had away previously, I have a cable available.
I have a couple more local leads on a cable, but if they don't work out I'll let you know - thanks.

Are there no electronics vendors in the Netherlands where you can get the IDC connectors, some ribbon cable, and crimp them yourself with a vise and a couple of pieces of wood ?
Sure - that is my fallback plan if I can't get the real thing. Shouldn't be too hard to find the big edge connector, but I'm not so sure about the other end.
 

cosam

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Just to put things in perspective: adding up what I've spend on the PET I want to connect this 8050 to, an extra "parts" 4016 for replacement chips, the 8050 drive itself and all parts/materials required to repair/refurbish the above, I'd still have change from $100!
 

billdeg

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I put the IEEE-->PET cable on Ebay with a stating bid of $1 and it was bid up to $103. If I repeated once every 6 weeks until I ran out of these cables (originals), I bet the average retail price would settle in at around $40. You can't profitably sell IEEE-PET cables in small quantities for $10 each, not worth it.
Bill
 

MikeS

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HEY! I resemble that statement!
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And I resemble it even more!!!!

All I was saying is that frugal and ecology-conscious recyclers and reusers of obsolete junk like myself are far too poor to afford your prices despite their being far more than reasonable...
 

carlsson

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You can't profitably sell IEEE-PET cables in small quantities for $10 each, not worth it.
Well, it depends what your source is. If you have a whole pile of old cables hanging on a nail in the garage, I think $10 each is a fair price compared to if you throw them at the electronics dump and get $0 for it.

If however you're a vintage computer dealer and live on purchasing parts cheap, refurbish and sell to make money, I can agree you probably need to go higher since those cables are not too common to come by. Previously I thought I was out of cables, until I saw that rusty nail in the garage with a pile of cables hanging on it.

On the other hand, I would only sell one cable at a time to fellow collectors and users. I'm not interested in "giving away" bulk lots to resellers. This has been my motivation since three years ago: sell stuff at fair (or even sub-market) prices to those who really value it. Ignore requests from anyone who comes out as a reseller.
 

cosam

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Previously I thought I was out of cables, until I saw that rusty nail in the garage with a pile of cables hanging on it.
You mean you've found a stash of IEEE cables or are these something else?

In the mean time I've been looking around for connectors in case I need to roll my own. Looks like I got the availability of parts the wrong way round: the mini-ribbon IEEE-488 (aka GPIB or HPIB) is in fact easier to get hold of, probably because they're also used on some test equipment. The chunky 1.56"/3.96mm edge connectors are less common, although I did find a supplier who had one 24-pinner in stock.
 

carlsson

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Yes. Perhaps I was unclear in my PM but what I meant is that I can get the exact cable you're looking for, just that I'm unsure if I have any tested OK cables in my home right now.
 
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